A major BCBF highlight, the Illustrators Exhibition is a unique international showcase for state-of-the-art trends in illustrations for children and young adults.

An outstanding international jury will select the winners whose illustrations will be presented at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Being selected will give illustrators great visibility with the publication of their works in the Illustrators Annual and the 2-year world tour of the exhibition.

The winners will be offered other opportunities:

  • to win The International Award of Illustration BCBF – Fundación SM (for the illustrators under 35)
  • to win the ARS IN FABULA Grant Award (for the under 30)
  • to be chosen to create the trade show’s Visual Identity of the following year, in collaboration with Chialab Design.

As well as the winning illustrators, the finalists shortlisted for the last selection phase will enjoy visibility on BCBF’s website and social media channels and through various promotional initiatives. 

The competition is open to published and unpublished illustrators, art school students and publishers with their artists.

Who Can Enter?

  • Illustrators, professionals and beginners (born before December 31, 2006) can enter unpublished artwork, or artwork published in the previous two years.
  • Art schools can enter the most interesting innovative projects by students who have attended their Institute.
  • Publishers can enter illustrators they work with (write to illus[email protected] to purchase codes for your illustrators)

Participation shall be on payment of a fee of €22 (+ VAT if due), with the exception of students in possession of a code provided by the art schools/courses they are attending. 

Illustrators must enter their artwork exclusively online. 

The 5 artworks must be based on the same theme, and must be numbered, as preferred, from 1 to 5 on the digital format file. The number of artworks (5) is mandatory.

The 5 illustrations – 5, no more, no less – may be unpublished artwork or artwork published after 1 January 2022. The work can be in black and white or colour and be produced using any technique.

The digital format must be: jpg or png, maximum size 5 MB, resolution 150 DPI.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair – Fundación SM International Award for Illustration will be presented to the best illustrator under 35, including a 15,000 EUR prize and the opportunity to illustrate a children’s book for Grupo SM, Spain. Additional opportunities include the ARS IN FABULA Grant Award for those under 30 and the chance to design the trade show’s Visual Identity for the following year.

The registration and file upload function will be made available from 3 JULY to 17 OCTOBER 2023.

Website link: 2024 Illustrators Exhibition – How to take part (

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