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International competition for an illustrated children's book project. Third edition.

Opening of the post-competition exhibition!

The opening of the exhibition will be a perfect moment to congratulate the winners and all participants of the third edition of the Clairvoyants competition and to thank everyone who helped us organise it.

The projects will be exhibited in Galeria Milano until the 3rd of June (in the opening hours of the gallery: Mon. – Fri. 11.00 AM – 7.00 PM, Sat. 11.00 AM – 3.00 PM).

In June the exhibition will be presented in a Children’s Library (40a Tyniecka St., Warsaw).

>> Winners of the 3rd edition of the CLAIRVOYANTS 2018/2019 <<

Invitation for a discussion with CLAIRVOYANTS 2018 jury members

Illustrated children's books in the XXI century. What are they like? What could they be like? What will they be like? - a first ‘CLAIRVOYANTS after hours’ meeting

We are happy to invite you to the discussion on illustrated children's books with the jury of the international competition for an illustrated children's book project CLAIRVOYANTS 2018. The event will take place on the 28th of February at 7 pm in Goethe Institute (13a Chmielna Street, Warsaw, Poland).

The competition will be a starting point for the discussion about current trends, artistic perspectives, directions of development and the future of illustrated books for children.

What is the role of picture books in the era of electronic media domination?
Are the contemporary children’s books different than the ones read by our parents in their childhood?
What should a good picture book be like?
What is the future of illustrated books?
What are the picture book markets like in Poland, Germany and Portugal?
Are there any specific characteristics of illustrated books created in these countries?
How the current trends and tendencies of creating books for children influence the projects submitted for this edition of the Clairvoyants competition?

These, and many more topics will be discussed among the jury members of the Clairvoyants competition – artists, publishers and experts in children's literature from Poland, Germany and Portugal. They will talk about their reflections on the third edition of the competition and about their wide experience as creators and publishers of children's books.

It will be a unique opportunity to meet and talk to the representatives of three areas of the publishing world from Poland and abroad:
  • editors – Ewa StiasnyJadwiga Jędryas and Maciej Byliniak from Dwie Siostry Publishing House, as well as Bernardo P. Carvalho – an illustrator and the owner of the Portuguese publishing house Planeta Tangerina
  • artists and children’s books creators from Poland and abroad – Rotraut Susanne Berner – a highly acclaimed German illustrator of children’s books, Bernardo P. Carvalho (already mentioned above) and PIOTR KARSKI – a designer and author of children’s books
  • and Anna Maria Czernow, literary critic and academic teacher specializing in children's literature, president of IBBY Poland (International Board on Books for Young People).
The discussion will be led by a journalist Aldona Łaniewska-Wołłk.

   Goethe Institut in Warsaw is the co-host of the meeting.

Call for entries closes!

We have just finished registering the last CLAIRVOYANTS entry!

This has already been a third edition of the international competition for an illustrated children's book project CLAIRVOYANTS, but every time we are astonished by the number of entries.

This time we have received 530 projects from 35 countries: Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Italia, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States!

At the end of February we will hold a jury sitting in Warsaw. The jury members will look through all the projects and choose the winners of the third edition of the competition. We will announce them on the 1st of April!

Also we would like to inform you about changes regarding our jury teams. On behalf of the Dwie Siostry Publishing the works will be assessed by Ewa Stiasny, Jadwiga Jędryas and Maciej Byliniak. The international jury will be composed of Rotraut Susanne Berner, Bernardo P. Carvalho, Anna Maria Czernow and Piotr Karski.

International competition for an illustrated children's book project. Third edition.

We are happy to announce the third edition of the international competition for an illustrated children's book project CLAIRVOYANTS 2018!

Since the very beginning, the competition has been very popular  among Polish and foreign artists. Almost 1000 projects from all over the world have been submitted for the previous two editions! Some of the awarded projects - new, fresh and intriguing titles for children -  can be already found in bookshops, and others are slowly but surely following their steps.


Every edition of the competition is followed by an exhibition of the most original and captivating entries, that travels around libraries, schools and various cultural institutions in Poland and abroad. The first ’CLAIRVOYANTS 2014’ exhibition has been published as well as an interactive post-competition catalogue and the ‘CLAIRVOYANTS 2016’ exhibition was accompanied by a short animation – ‘The Prophecy


This year we are thrilled to announce that ‘CLAIRVOYANTS 2018’ has been recognized by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and received the financial support from their ‘Visual Arts Grant Program’.

We continue to cherish the ideas and values that had underlain the previous editions of the contest: the ambition to awake the creative potential of young artists and authors, the care for an aesthetic and editorial quality of children’s books, the pursuit to determine the highest standards in the field and to support development of Polish children’s books and their perception abroad.

The direct aim of the competition is to launch the process of creating beautiful and valuable books for children as well as to discover the talented artists and children’s books authors and give them a chance to become known both on the Polish and on the international book market.

The competition is open to
 both newcomers and experienced artists and children’s books authors from Poland and abroad, participating individually or in a team. Participants need to be at least 18 years old.


The purpose of the competition is to prepare a project (draft) of an illustrated children’s book in Polish or in English language. Submitted works should include a script or a storyboard of the whole book, together with 3 finished double spreads and the cover.


Submitted projects will be assessed according to the following criteria: artistic quality, originality, the form which inspires child’s imagination and the content which is aware of the child’s sensitivity.


The submitted entries will be assessed by two independent juries:
1. The international jury: Susanne Rotraut Berner, Bernardo P. Carvalho, Joanna Olech and Piotr Karski.

2. The Dwie Siostry Publishing jury: Ewa Stiasny, Jadwiga Jędryas, Joanna Rzyska, Maciej Byliniak.

Competitors may be awarded with three different prizes:
1. The main prize of EUR 2,500 and two honourable mentions – by the international jury; 
2. Book publication – by the Dwie Siostry Publishing House jury;
3. Admission in the post-competition exhibition.

To take part in the competition you need to fill-in the online application form and send the competition works via post. 

Works should be submitted between 15th of November and 15th of December 2018 to the following address:

  Dwie Siostry Publishing House

  al. 3 Maja 2 m. 183

  00-391 Warszawa


Competition results will be announced on this website on 1st of April 2019.


Competition regulation:


Offline version of the application form (.doc) to be printed and sent via post together with the competition work.