The Queen’s Knickers Award – founded by Nicholas Allan and part of the Society of Authors’ Awards – will recognise an outstanding original illustrated book for ages 0-7 that strike a quirky, new note and grabs the attention of a child, whether this be in the form of curiosity, amusement, horror or excitement.
The new award has been established by Nicholas Allen and named after one of his best-know titles. The the inaugural winner – in 2020 – will receive £5,000, as well as a golden Queen’s Knickers badge, as depicted in Nicholas Allan’s original book. The runner-up will receive £1,000 and a silvered badge.
Nicholas Allen hopes the Award will encourage a sense of fun: “I want to encourage authors and illustrators to take more risks and have more fun. The name of the award reflects how I felt when I began writing the book from which the name is taken. I started it purely for fun, without any sense of plot, moral, purpose – in fact, without sense, and maintained it to the end.”
The work may be any combination or words and/or pictures, or just pictures – and in any physical format including, pop-ups, flap books, and board books. The work must have been first published in the UK and Republic of Ireland between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019. There is no submission fee.
The Queen’s Knickers Award is open for entries until 15 November 2019.