Children's Picture Book Illustrators' Initiative

Rivertime by Trace Balla, recipient of the CPBII 2011-2012, emerging illustrator category

In 2011, the ASA received funding from the Literature Board of Australia Council for the Arts to develop and run an initiative to assist children’s picture book illustrators in creating new works. Funding supported up to five grants for illustrators with differing levels of experience. The initiative was derived from the understanding that grant guidelines designed for writers of many genres don’t always allow illustrators to best demonstrate their skills.

In 2012 the initiative was run, attracting more than 100 applications. The ASA was successful in securing funding from the Literature Board to run the program again in 2013. Grants of up to $15,000 were available for emerging, developing and established illustrators who had a specific project to develop. Both illustrators and author/illustrators with some publication history and a work-in-progress were welcome to apply.

Illustrators wishing to apply for an Australia Council grant should visit:


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