The Bookseller Illustrators’ Showcase at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2020

The Bookseller is to once again run an Illustrators’ Showcase at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair devoted to displaying the artwork of new illustrators.

The Illustrator Showcase will feature in the magazine’s Bologna Book Fair Daily, with 7,000 editions distributed daily at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

The initiative, inspired by the “Illustrator’s Wall” at the fair—where illustrators pin-up samples of their work and contact details for passing publishers and agents to peruse—is supported by the Association of Illustrators.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the biggest children’s book fair in the world. Publishers, illustrators, graphic designers, literary agents, authors, translators, mobile developers, licensors and licensees, packagers, printers, distributors, audiobook professionals, booksellers, brands, librarians and teachers flock to the event, which takes place from 4 – 7 May. About 1,200 exhibitors fill the halls and the fair attracts more than 26,000 visitors from more than 90 countries.


– You must be currently unrepresented – i.e. not have an agent representing your work, recently graduated from college, or within 2 years of graduation.

– The work does not have to be done especially for this magazine – it can be work that you have already done, but cannot have been reproduced anywhere else.

– The work should be suitable for a children’s fiction or non-fiction title in any style.

– Please submit your name, social media hashtag, email address and website along with the piece.

How to enter?

Send an example of your work and the details above by 5pm on Wednesday 11th of March to [email protected]. Files must be in jpeg or tiff formats at 300dpi suitable for print size up to A4.

The Booksellers will contact the successful applicants by 12pm on the 19th of March. Any queries, please contact [email protected].

The Bookseller will require a licence for the use of the images in print and digital versions of its Bologna Book Fair Daily. Copyright is retained by the illustrator.

21st February 2020

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