Illustration Competitions: Seven Best Awards to Enter in 2021

Anya Kuvarzina
3 min readSep 7, 2020

Have you ever seen an illustrator who describes themselves as “award-winning”? There are so many good opportunities for illustrators to get noticed and stand out through illustration competitions and awards.

Taking part in illustration competitions can open many doors, even if you don’t win. You will be able to create new work and get your art seen by the decision-makers of the industry.

And if you win or get shortlisted you will gain massive exposure to potential clients. I know many cases when even the shortlisted illustrators end up with a publishing deal.

Also, being an “award-winning” illustrator will help you charge more for your work in the long run.

There are many illustration competitions out there but not all of them cut the grade in terms of quality and exposure opportunities.

Here is my list of top 7 best illustration competitions to enter in 2020–2021.

Best Illustration Competitions

  1. Bologna Children’s Book Fair Illustrators Exhibition

Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the main event in the children’s publishing industry. Each year the fair runs a competition for illustrators. The winners get exhibited in the special section of the…