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ASA Children’s Picture Book Illustrators grants announced

The recipients of the Australian Society of Authors’ (ASA) Children’s Picture Book Illustrators grants have been announced.

Trace Balla and Craig Phillips are both recipients of the Emerging Illustrators grant. Balla and Phillips will both receive $5000 for their books Boy and Uncle Canoeing and Folk & Fairy Tales.

The following illustrators were also shortlisted in the Emerging category:

  • Katherine Battersby for Flight of the Sparrow
  • Andrew Cranna for Shimoto, the Floating Dog
  • Eliza Feely for Hello Ocean/Pup and Bill
  • Leila Rudge for Ted.

Caroline Magerl received the Developing Illustrators grant of $10,000 for her book Hazel and Rose. Judy Watson was also awarded a Developing Illustrators grant of $5000 for Trudy and Dodds

The following illustrators were also shortlisted in the Developing category:

  • Moira Court for My Superhero
  • Kylie Dunstan for This Way Up
  • Daniel McGuinness for Monsters, Battles and Animals
  • Lisa Stewart for Busy Busy Stop Stop.

Narelle Oliver was awarded the Established Illustrators grant of $15,000 for I Wanna Be in a Book.

The following illustrators were also shortlisted in the Established category:

  • Jonathan Bentley for Little Big
  • Leigh Hobbs for Finding Amelia
  • Bruce Mutard for The Fight
  • Emma Quay for Not a Cloud in the Sky
  • Gregory Rogers for Waterwings.


As reported by Bookseller+Publisher, the Children’s Picture Book Illustrators’ Initiative is funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and was established by the ASA in January to support the creation of new children’s picture books. Applicants were required to ‘demonstrate the ability to create an original narrative with a significant visual component’, and each grant is awarded to assist with the creation of a new picture book. To view the grants assessment panel’s full report click here.



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