This annual prize, generously funded by Nicholas Allan, author of The Queen's Knickers, is awarded to an outstanding children's original illustrated book for ages 0-7.
It will recognise books that strike a quirky, new note and grab the attention of a child, whether this be in the form of curiosity, amusement, horror or excitement.
The winner will receive £5,000, as well as a golden Queen's Knickers badge, as depicted in Nicholas Allan's original book.
The runner-up will receive £1,000 and a silvered badge.
Entry to the 2022 Award is now closed.
The winner will be announced at a ceremony in June 2022.
- Deadline for entries: 30 November 2021
- The work should be a single, illustrated volume, in book form. It can be imaginative or factual e.g. a counting book.
- The work may be any combination of words and/or pictures, or just pictures (and in any physical format including pop ups, flap books and board books).
- The work must have been first published in the UK and Republic of Ireland between 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021.
- The prize will be awarded to an author or authors who is/are credited on the title page and are real people. For works illustrated by named illustrator/illustrators, the judges may divide the prize between the author/authors and illustrator/illustrators at their discretion.
- We cannot accept entries that are only available in e-format or that are self-published or where the author has contributed or paid for the costs of publishing.
- Submissions must be made by the print publisher.
2021 Queen's Knickers Award WinnersRashmi Sirdeshpande and Diane Ewen for
Never Show a T-Rex a Book (Puffin)
- Runner-up: Alex T. Smith for Mr Penguin and the Catastrophic Cruise
- Joy Cowley and Giselle Clarkson for The Gobbledegook Book (Gecko Press)
- John Condon and Matt Hunt for The Pirates are Coming! (Nosy Crow)
- Katie Daynes and Marie-Eve Tremblay for Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers About Plastic (Usborne)
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