Fancy a chance to design a logo for the wonderful FCBG Festival of Children’s Literature…?

As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m a huge fan of the Federation of Children’s Book Groups (FCBG) and am in awe of the great work that they do at both national and local levels to promote a love of books and reading to children.

The FCBG is run entirely by volunteers, a shiny, happy group of brilliant book-lovers that I’m hoping to join at some point in the not-too-distant future. I’m already an individual member and therefore receive their newsletter, but over the next few months I am to finally start putting my money where my mouth is and set up a local group (of which there are already 27 spread around the country). These groups organise events that bring authors and illustrators together with children and adults in a range of fun and exciting ways and all with the aim of sharing the simple message about the sheer awesomeness of children’s books and the endless possibilities they provide. You can find out a bit more about it all here.

(Sorry to ramble a bit, but I’m hoping that some like-minded Warwickshire readers might see this and get in touch about being part of the aforementioned group šŸ˜‰ )

Anyway, mere minutes ago the FCBG announced that it will be running a competition to design a logo for its Festival of Children’s Literature, to be held in Birmingham on November 9th 2013. If other events such as the Red House Book Award (which the FCBG owns and coordinates) are anything to go by, this is sure to be an absolute cracker, so keep your eyes peeled for details over the upcoming months.

Back to the competition and the Bits You Need To Know if you want to get involved:

  • Illustrators, established or aspiring, are invited to submit a logo by May 17th. This logo will be used for all online and print advertising for the festival.
  • The winner will be interviewed for the FCBG blog and newsletter (which goes out to many movers and shakers in the children’s book industry) with a opportunity to showcase a selection of their illustration portfolio.

Logo specification:

  • The logo should capture the excitement of books and the joy of stories, and appeal to all ages. The aim of the Federation, and this festival in particular, is to bring children and books together for enjoyment and fun, whilst celebrating 45 years of the Federation.
  • The logo will need to work well both on screen and in print (on A5 flyers, in addition to text about the festival). The logo should be submitted by email to: by 6pm Friday May 17, as either a TIFF or JPEG, at 300dpi. It should be no larger than 100mm x 100mm. It must include some colour, but it is up to you whether it is full colour (4 colour) or uses a limited palette.
  • The final design of the adverts for the festival will include full details about the festival, including details of speakers, venue, sponsors and ticket details, but these are not to be included in your logo design.
  • Copyright for each submission will remain with the submitting illustrator but the Federation of Children’s Book Groups will be able to use the winning logo for all publicity surrounding the Festival of Children’s Literature.

Conditions of entry:

  • Any individual aged 16 years or over may submit up to three entries to the competition and the winning logo will be chosen by the FCBG Executive and their decision (which includes the possibility of no winner being chosen) will be final. The winner will be notified by email by May 20th.
  • Shortlisted entries will be shown on the FCBG blog in early June. The interviews will take place via email at the end of May, and will appear online and in the newsletter in June /July.
  • For more information please contact Zoe Toft –

So, what are you waiting for? This is a great way to get your illustrative groove on and work alongside an amazing organisation in the process! Good luck to all who enter šŸ™‚



  1. Thanks Loll!

    1. You’re v welcome šŸ™‚

  2. Emily Fellah · · Reply

    Thanks for this. I think I will be entering : )

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