BookTrust supports FAB prize

News - Prizes Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Additional backing for diversity prize founded by Faber and the Andlyn Agency

BookTrust is to support the FAB Prize, run by Faber and the Andlyn Agency with the aim of uncovering UK-based BAME talent in both writing and illustration. The charity announced the initiative yesterday as it launched BookBrunch Represents, a three-year diversity campaign (BookBrunch story).

BookTrust will offer additional prizes to the winners and runners up. It will also enable the winners and runners up to shadow established authors on school visits, and will invite all commended and highly commended entrants to an author/ illustrator training sessions. Jill Coleman, BookTrust director of children's books, said: "Knowing how to navigate a new career as a creative within the publishing world can be a daunting experience. The training will provide insights and guidance into finding a place for yourself in the children's book industry, including tips on how to grow and establish your career as an author or an illustrator."

Faber children's publisher Leah Thaxton said: "After only three years, we have seen a growing number of winners go on to secure significant book deals at a variety of major publishers, and we have been proud to see a supportive writing community develop alongside. Not to mention various other artistic projects that have come out of the experience.

"BookTrust has the reach and influence to go one step further, highlighting the individual talents of FAB writers and illustrators for a far broader audience beyond the publishing community. I am so excited to see what happens next for the FAB prize crew."

Author Polly Ho-Yen and illustrator John Aggs are joining the FAB prize judging panel, which also includes the Faber children's team and the Andlyn Agency's Davinia Andrew-Lynch.

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