Compostela Prize

Deadline: 30 of April 2019
Open to:  all publications included in the picture book category: a book in which the story is told through images, or through images and text that complement each other
Awards: EUR 9000


The Department of Education and Citizenship of the City Council of Santiago de Compostela, in collaboration with Kalandraka publishers, and as part of the 19th Reading Promotion Campaign announces the call for entries to the Twelfth International COMPOSTELA Prize for Picture Books. The purpose of the rules of this call is to promote the literary and artistic production of books for children and young adults.


The books may be presented in any of the official languages of the Iberian Peninsula, and must be original and unpublished. Adaptations of originals or books that have already been awarded prizes or mentions in other contests will not be accepted. Works with more than three illustrations uploaded onto the Internet will not be accepted.

One or more persons, who are authors of the text and illustrations, of any nationality may take part. Winners from other years and employees of Kalandraka are excluded from participating.


A single prize of EUR 9000. The prize will be subject to the withholding which are applicable in each case. The prize money will not be paid until the author or authors deliver the completed work ready for publication. The prize-winning work will be published in all of the official languages of the peninsula (Galician, Catalan, Basque, Castilian Spanish and Portuguese) by the publisher Kalandraka in November 2019, which will sign the necessary publishing contracts. The publisher will also give priority to publishing works which receive a special mention from the jury. This right shall be valid for a period of one year, after which the works shall be at the free disposal of the author(s).

How to apply?

The projects may be presented in any size, technique and format, but may not contain any more than 40 inner pages (excluding covers and endpapers).

Authors competing for the prize must present:

  • Five copies of the text.
  • Three original illustrations and five color photocopies of each. If digital techniques are used, the authors may send high-resolution prints of the work.
  • A finished layout of the whole Project: a printed copy with the design, text and illustrations, as close as possible to finished book.

For more information, please visit the official web page