Bologna Children bookfair See you
in Bologna

12-15 April

How to take part


A major BCBF highlight, the Illustrators Exhibition is a unique international showcase for state-of-the-art trends in illustrations for children and young adults.

The call for submissions to the 2021 edition will be published in September. 

Brand new this year: illustrators will be asked to submit their work in digital format only.

The illustrators who are selected by the 2021 international jury will also enjoy the international stage offered by the Illustrators Annual and the 2 year international tour of the Exhibition.

Beside this, the artists selected will be offered other chances:

  • To win the International Award for Illustration – BCBF-SM Foundation (for under 35s only);
  • To win the ARS IN FABULA scholarship (for under 30s only);
  • To be chosen to develop the visual identity of the next BCBF edition


The contest is open to published and unpublished illustrators, art school students and publishers entering their signed-up illustrators.

Full details on rules of entry and how to apply (submission of work in digital format only for this year) will be published this upcoming September. 

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For information:

Illustrators Exhibition
Bologna Children's Book Fair 

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