Competition 3

The Colin Sutton Cup for Humour

The Brief:

Create a Picture Book for a child aged 3-5 years. Maximum 12-page spreads (totalling to 24 internal pages). No more than 500 words. Let your illustrations tell the story – show don’t tell. Use whichever medium you’re most comfortable with, paint, pencil, collage, print etc….but don’t be afraid to experiment. I’ll be looking for stories that make me smile so keep it simple and if possible, funny!

Word Limit: 500, 12 page spreads (24 pages in total).

Genre: Children’s Illustrated Book

Deadline: 5th April 2022

Adjudicator: Matt Robertson

Entry Fee:
Members: Free
Non-members: £5

All entries will received feedback whether they win or not.

Before submitting your entry, please ensure you read and understand our guidelines (below).

Please send your entry and cover sheet (below) to:


  1. Only one entry per author, per competition.
  2. All competition entries must be formatted as follows:
    – 12 point
    – Times New Roman
    – Black font
    – A4 paper
    – Double-spaced
    – 2.54 margin (most word processors default to this setting).
  3. Each page should be numbered, using the format ‘Page x of y’:

You can download the cover sheet here: