The Department of Education and Citizenship of the City Council of Santiago de Compostela, in collaboration with Kalandraka publishers, and as part of the XVI Reading Promotion Campaign announces the call for entries to the IX International COMPOSTELA Prize for Picture Books subject to the following rules: 

1. The IX International Compostela Prize for Picture Books is open to all publications included in the picture book category: a book in which the story is told through illustrations and images, with both complementing each other. 

2. The books may be presented in any of the official languages in the Iberian peninsula, and must be original and unpublished. Adaptations of originals or books that have already been awarded prizes or mentions in other contests will not be accepted. Works with more than three illustrations uploaded in internet will be not accepted. 

3.  One or more persons, authors of the text and illustrations of any nationality may take part. Employees of Kalandraka are excluded from participating. 

4. The projects may be presented in any size, technique and format, but may not contain any more than 40 inner pages (excluding covers and endpapers). 

5. Authors competing for the prize must present:

   • Five copies of the text.

   • Three original illustrations and five colour photocopies of each. If digital techniques are used, the authors may send high-resolution prints of the work. 

   • A finished layout of the whole project. 

6. The works must not feature the name of the author(s), but instead a pen name or pseudonym. The personal details of the participants will be delivered in a sealed envelope: on the outside, the title of the work and the pen name or pseudonym, and inside the full name or names, postal address, telephone number and e-mail, together with a complete photocopy of the author(s) ID card or passport and a brief biography.    

7. The projects must be sent or delivered to the General Registry of the Town Council of Santiago de Compostela (c/ Presidente Salvador Allende nº. 4, 15705, Santiago de Compostela. A Coruña. Spain), indicating on the envelope «IX Premio Internacional COMPOSTELA de álbum ilustrado». The name(s) of the author(s) must not appear on parcels delivered by courier agencies. 

8. The period for presenting the books begins with the publication of these rules, and ends on the 7th of March 2016. Envelopes may not be postmarked with any date later than the deadline. The jury’s decision will be published on April 2016, during the 16th Reading Promotion Campaign, organised by the City Council of Santiago de Compostela. 

9. The jury will be composed of members with recognised prestige in the field of children’s literature and illustration. A person appointed by the organisers will act as the secretary. The prize may be declared void, and no appeal may be issued against the decision of the jury under any circumstances. 

10.  A single prize of 9000 E is established as an advance on author’s rights. Approval of this expense is subject to the existence of suitable and sufficient credit in economic item 020.321600.48900 of the budget for 2016. The prize money will not be paid until the author or authors deliver the completed work ready for publication. The prize-winning work will be published in all of the official languages of the peninsula (Galician, Catalan, Basque, Castilian Spanish and Portuguese) by the publisher Kalandraka in October 2016, which will sign the necessary publishing contracts. The publisher will also give priority to publishing works which receive a special mention from the jury. This right shall be valid for a period of one year, after which the works shall be at the free disposal of the author(s). 

11. The author(s) undertake(s) to deliver the completed book before September 2nd 2016. The illustrator undertakes to complete the remaining illustrations using the same technique and with the same quality as those presented to the contest. 

12. The author(s) may request the return of any originals that are not selected. They shall have to request it writing an e-mail to within one month of the jury’s decision, covering all postage costs, for which purpose a bank account number will be provided to make payment for the postage or delivery. At the end of this  period, any books that have not been requested for return will be destroyed. 

13. The organising committee will not enter into any type of communication by mail or phone regarding the books that are not selected, nor regarding the interpretation and application of these rules. 


14. In the event of any matters arising from these rules that require further clarification, this will be done by the jury, or otherwise by the organisers of the event. Participation in this competition implies the knowledge and full acceptance of these rules.


Organisers: City Council of Santiago de Compostela - Department of Education and Citizenship and Kalandraka Editora.


Ayuntamiento de Santiago de Compostela

Departamento de Educación y Ciudadanía

Edificio CERSIA

Alcalde Raimundo López Pol, s/n - San Lázaro 15707 Santiago de Compostela - A Coruña - España

Tfno.: +34 981 554 400 - Fax: +34 981 571 511


Kalandraka Editora

Rúa de Pastor Díaz, nº1, 4ºA 36001 Pontevedra - España

Tlfno.: +34 986 86 02 76 - Fax: +34 986 10 02 80