International competition for an illustrated children's book project. Third edition.
See you in two years!
The third edition of the international competition for an illustrated children's book project Clairvoyants 2018/2019 came to its end.
The vernissage of the post-competition exhibition is behind us – now it's time to sum up all the competition.
Each subsequent edition of the competition brings new experiences, ideas and emotions. We are proud and honoured that so many people from all over the world want to participate in the Clairvoyants competition and send us their book’s projects. Thanks to the work of two independent juries consisting of renowned authors and publishers of children's books, we can guarantee that each submitted project was carefully analysed and took into consideration.
Once again, thank you to all the participants of the third edition of the Clairvoyants! Thank you for the work that you put into the projects, for your imagination and for the sensitivity to the needs of child’s readers. The submitted works were inspiring, they touched on a variety of topics and proved how much still there is to explore in the domain of children’s literature.
We already invite you to participate in the fourth edition!
What will remain after the competition is the post-competition exhibition Clairvoyants 2018/2019. The exhibition is composed of the awarded and mentioned works as well as the 40 best projects selected by the jury. We can admire various styles, ideas and artistic inspirations that form a cohesive whole.
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).
From 10th to 28th of June the exhibition will be presented in a Children’s Library (40a Tyniecka St., Warsaw).
We will inform about next destinations of the post-competition exhibition.
Photos from the opening of the exhibition to be seen in 'gallery' section in the gallery section.
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).
Invitation for a discussion with CLAIRVOYANTS 2018 jury members
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.
- editors – Ewa Stiasny, Jadwiga 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).
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.
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
Competition results will be announced on this website on 1st of April 2019.
Apply here: ONLINE APPLICATION FORM
Offline version of the application form (.doc) to be printed and sent via post together with the competition work.