Call For Submissions: IBBY Canada’s Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program

IBBY Canada invites applications from Canadian children’s book illustrators for the inaugural Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. The program provides published illustrators the opportunity to participate in a unique residency hosted by a public library, administered by IBBY Canada, and funded by Joanne’s family, with additional support from publisher Groundwood Books.The one-month residency will encourage and arrange exchanges between the illustrator and the community through workshops, public readings and presentations, evaluation of submitted portfolios, one-on-one and/or group meetings with artists, presentations to art students, participation in online forums, and connections with the general public, children, parents, and teachers. The estimated time for these and other activities will be up to 14 hours per week, primarily at the library. The remaining time each week is available for the illustrator to work on his or her own projects.

IBBY Canada’s Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program honours Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), who illustrated many influential Canadian children’s books, including Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, The Blue Hippopotamus, and Governor General’s Award winner Doctor Kiss Says Yes. In memory of Joanne Fitzgerald’s commitment to children’s books and illustration, her family collaborated with IBBY Canada to establish the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program.

The Toronto Public Library in Ontario will host the inaugural Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program in 2013. In subsequent years, in partnership with the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC), IBBY Canada will work with libraries in other provinces to host a residency.

Submissions will be evaluated by a jury of experts in children’s books and illustration. The selected illustrator will be informed in May 2013.

Overview of 2013 IBBY Canada’s Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program

  • Location: Toronto Public Library, Northern District Branch at Yonge and Eglinton (future residencies will be at other libraries across the country)
  • Timing: One month residency from October 1 to 30, 2013
  • Remuneration: $4,000 for one-month term
  • Submission Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2013

Eligibility criteria:

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada
  • Minimum of four children’s books, published by a professional publishing house
  • Experience developing and delivering programs, workshops, readings to adults and children
  • Active in the illustrating profession; active online presence
  • Understanding of the needs of aspiring artists
  • Working on or planning to work on a new book intended for publication

Applications must include:

  • CV or resume, including a list of published books
  • Several detailed suggestions for workshops or programs for this residency
  • Summary of presentation experience
  • Two letters of reference about public presentation experience

Please send applications electronically, by March 22 2013, to: