The FAB Prize

Faber & Faber and the Andlyn Literary Agency together created the Faber Andlyn (FAB) Prize to help discover new writers and illustrators for children from underrepresented backgrounds.

Every child deserves to see themselves in books, and in the authors and illustrators whose work they read. The FAB Prize aims to discover and showcase new talent, closing the gap between what is currently published and the reality for many families.

FAB Prize Team

The Prize is judged by Faber’s Publisher Leah Thaxton, Andlyn Literary Agent Davinia Andrew-Lynch, Faber Creative Director Donna Payne and Faber Children’s Art Director Emma Eldridge.

The FAB Prize is proud to be supported by BookTrust and the AOI who both offer opportunities to our FAB Prize entrants.

If you’d like to read more about children’s books and diversity, we recommend the BookTrust Represents research as well as the CLPE Reflecting Realities Survey.

‘We’d love to see a range of styles within the art submissions: gorgeous new characters for toddlers; clever, humorous, emotive storytelling for older readers; strong, design-led approaches for covers . . . For the text entries, we hope to see animal series, humour, fantasy adventure, modern romance, poetry, verse novels – we are open to pretty much anything . . . Please do surprise us!

– Leah Thaxton

Meet the Judges

Jasmine Richards

Jasmine Richards is an author, former children’s publisher, screenwriter and founder of Storymix, an inclusive fiction studio with a social purpose. Storymix creates children’s stories with diverse casts of characters in an organic, joyful and authentic way. The studio also works with emerging and established writers and illustrators from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds to offer pathways into publishing.

Publishing as a whole is working hard to make the industry a more inclusive and equal space, which means offering equality of opportunity for all writers and illustrators. The FAB Prize gives a platform to talent, but it has also demonstrated tangible results in terms of book deals and agent representation for those creatives that have shared their work. I am delighted to be part of the judging panel and am excited to see what stories and characters we’ll get to discover this year.

Leah Thaxton

Leah Thaxton is the Children’s Publisher at Faber, in charge of a list that reaches from picture books to Young Adult. She is also a published author under the pen name Katie Blackburn, including the bestselling Where the Wild Mums Are and Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep.

I’d like to see this prize associated first and foremost with quality not diversity, identifying writers with exceptional voices, who will go on to advocate and influence the politics of publishing, and illustrators who will themselves influence publishing decisions because they are every bit as powerful as the authors they illustrate! In celebrating our diversity and humanity, let’s come out of our safe personal spaces and engage in a much wider wonderful world.

Davinia Andrew-Lynch

Davinia Andrew-Lynch is a Literary Agent and the founder of boutique literary agency Andlyn. She’s always on the lookout for big, bold and heartfelt narratives across all genres but ultimately she aims to encourage, nurture and champion authors to tell the authentic stories they want to tell.

It’s been a genuine joy watching how the prize has developed each year, and seeing how some of our unearthed talent has gone on to forge a career in the industry. Working with Leah and the rest of the Faber Children’s team has been a pleasure. I cannot wait to see who we discover next!

Donna Payne

Donna Payne is Creative Director at Faber & Faber.  She heads up a small but brilliantly formed team that thrives on creating original and thought-provoking covers and picture books. She is passionate about discovering and nurturing new talent from all sectors of the creative community. 

This prize allows undiscovered creatives of colour to channel their own experiences into books that can be enjoyed by every child, regardless of ethnicity. I am inspired, excited and truly delighted by the quality of work coming through from emerging talent. And I am thrilled to be in a position to watch the FAB Prize grow!

Emma Eldridge

Emma Eldridge is Children’s Art Director at Faber. She is responsible for the look of the books inside and out. She is always on the hunt for design inspiration and illustrators she’d like to collaborate with.

This is the prize that you enter to become a household name for writing or illustrating children’s books.

How to enter
What you win

Entries Open on Thursday 11th March 2022

Deadline 11:59pm on Friday 1st July 2022

Shortlistees Informed on Friday 26th August 2022

FAB Prize Ceremony and Winner Announcement October 2022