The contest is organized by the Apila Ediciones, a publishing house based in Alagón, Spain.

From Apila Ediciones we are committed to illustrators who try to make their way in the world of children’s illustration.

Therefore we created the award PREMIO APILA PRIMERA IMPRESIÓN in 2013, aimed at illustrators who still do not have any children’s picture book published with ISBN (except for self-publishing).

That way we want to give the professional opportunity to illustrators who deserve it for their talent and quality and boost their career with the publication of their first work.



The projects will have to adhere to set dimentions of 24 cm wide by 22 cm tall per page or proportional to it and may not exceed 36 pages (18 double pages) with legal pages and endpapers included, covers aside.

To avoid shipping costs, contestants must submit the work electronically and the following information to heading should consist of , “LAST NAME_FIRST NAME_PRIMERA_IMPRESION”:

file in PDF form ( max 10M) of the finished book, or in its absence thereof, the storyboard of the book with a minimum of five finished double pages and the rest sketched. This files must be titled with the last name followed by the first name and the word LIBRO,_LAST NAME_FIRST NAME _BOOK.

Illustrators – regardless of nationality – may submit to the competition a project of an illustrated book for children, written in Spanish.

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Deadline : 14th February 2020

Who may enter ?

The contest is open to illustrators who have not yet published a book with ISBN.


There is no entry fee to participate!

The competition is free to enter

Award :

The award will consist of a professional contract with Apila Editions for the publication of the selected work in which the payment to the authors will be of € 4.000 (equivalent of 10% of author royalties on the value of the first print run) If the royalties of the enterprise are shared between the writer and the illustrator on equal terms, the percentage of 10% will be shared between the two as previusly agreed by both parties


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