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Asian Festival of Children’s Content

The Book Illustrators Gallery (BIG) is a key feature of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC). It showcases the best picture book illustrations by illustrators and artists from Southeast Asia, those based in Asia and in the global Asian diaspora.


Who can apply: 

  • Illustrators whose illustrative artwork have been featured in picture books, audiobooks, magazines, comics or graphic novels, both in print and/or digital, under either fiction or creative nonfiction categories, intended for youths and young readers, published between 16 March 2022 and/or will be published by 15 March 2023.
  • Illustrators should be of Asian descent, or are based in Asia or have illustrations dealing with or of Asian diaspora.
  • For illustrators below 18 years old, a signed consent letter from the parent or legal guardian should accompany the application.


Submission Guidelines: 

  • All submissions are to be made via the official BIG 2023 Submission form.
  • Illustrations submitted to previous iterations of BIG will not be accepted.
  • Submissions must be in high resolution (at least 2000px) and as a thumbnail in jpeg (.jpg) format within the online BIG 2023 Submission Form. Illustrations must be saved into a single folder.
  • All illustrations must be individually labelled with the publication title that they are from and the month/year of its publication. For online publications, a time-stamped screengrab of when the illustration was released must accompany each submission. Name the folder in the following format: BIG2023_[Applicant name] (e.g. BIG2023_Jenny Ng). Compress the folder and upload it as a zipped (.zip) file in the submission form.
  • Do not send or post the original illustration(s) to Singapore Book Council (SBC). SBC will not be responsible for any loss or damage to the illustration(s).
  • Through the submission of the illustration(s) for BIG 2023, the applicant agrees to allow SBC to use a reproduction of the illustration(s) for the BIG exhibition online gallery and publicity of AFCC and Singapore Book Council, both online or in print.
  • The applicant agrees to be included in the online directory for BIG 2023, and allows SBC to exhibit their work for the duration of BIG 2023.
  • Applicants are also asked to submit additional information, including but not limited to, video footage and additional write-ups, for the online gallery, whether selected or not.
  • The selection made by curators is final. SBC will not accommodate any enquiries regarding the selections made by its curators.
  • SBC reserves the right to disqualify entries that do not adhere to these submission guidelines.