Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition 2024

The Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition, held annually as part of the prestigious China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (CCBF), is a cornerstone event in the landscape of international children’s literature and illustration. The competition is dedicated to unearthing and celebrating new talents in children’s book illustration, providing a global platform for emerging illustrators. As a beacon of artistic and cultural exchange, it attracts entries from all over the world, promoting a diverse range of styles and narratives that enrich the children’s book market.

This illustrious competition serves not only as a contest but also as a career launchpad for aspiring illustrators aged between 16 and 39. By submitting their original works, participants gain the opportunity to have their illustrations judged by an international panel of experts in publishing and children’s literature. The event emphasizes innovation and originality, setting a high standard for artistic expression in children’s publishing. The organizers, including the Shanghai Press & Publication Administration and major publishing houses, ensure that the competition maintains its international repute and adherence to excellence.

In addition to the competitive aspect, the Golden Pinwheel Young Illustrators Competition is instrumental in fostering a community among participants. Through workshops, exhibitions, and networking opportunities offered during the Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair, illustrators connect with publishers, editors, and fellow artists. This interaction opens up further professional opportunities, including book contracts and international collaborations. The competition’s commitment to promoting artistic growth and its impact on the global children’s book industry make it a highlight of the international cultural calendar, resonating well beyond its immediate sphere.

There is no entry fee.


Open worldwide to illustrators aged between 16 and 39 years.


The competition rewards a variety of prizes, including the Grand Award, which offers significant recognition. Finalists and winners receive substantial exposure by having their works displayed during the Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair, and featured in the annual Golden Pinwheel Yearbook. Winners also have the opportunity for their illustrations to be viewed by a global audience.

Deadline: June 11, 2024

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