Call for Submissions: Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award

The Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award was established in 1985 following the death of Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver, one of Canada’s pre-eminent book illustrators. In her will, Cleaver left a fund of $10,000 dollars for an award to be given annually in recognition of outstanding artistic talent in a Canadian picture book. The recipient receives a cheque for $1,000 dollars and a certificate.

The Cleaver Award is administered by a committee of three members of the Canadian section of the International Board on Books for Young People.

Criteria and Submission Information

  • The recipient is a Canadian illustrator of a picture book published in Canada in English or French during the previous calendar year.
  • To be eligible, the book must be a first edition and contain original illustrations by a Canadian illustrator (either a citizen or permanent resident).
  • All genres are considered: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and folk and fairy tales.
  • There is a $25.00 non-refundable fee for each title submitted to the Cleaver Award. This fee will be used to offset administration costs as well as costs associated with the presentation of the award.

The deadline for submitting to the 2022 award is November 30, 2022.  Find out more in the full call for submissions.

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