Illustration Prize: key information

Find out what the judges are looking for and details of the commission

Before you enter, make sure you include examples of your best work, mention any relevant experience in the entry form, and check the timeline to see if you will have the time to complete the commission.

Judging process

A shortlist of 10 will be chosen from all of the applicants. The shortlist will then be asked to produce one piece of artwork in response to a brief. The judges will then choose a winner from the top 10. After entering their submission, the shortlist will each receive £200 in payment.

The top three entrants will be invited to a phone or video interview with a head GNM creative to discuss the commission in more detail. The winner will then be decided, and announced on, or before, 11 November 2019.


Competition opens: 27 August 2019

Competition closes: 11 October 2019

Shortlist contacted: 17 October 2019

Shortlist to respond to brief by: 24 October 2019

Shortlist and winner announced: 20 November 2019

Work begins: 20 November 2019

Concept signed off: December 2019

Main asset delivery: January 2020

Second wave asset delivery: April 2020

The commission

The prize is an £8,000 commission to create the look-and-feel for the Guardian’s presence at Glastonbury festival in 2020.

The winner will work closely with the Guardian to complete illustrations for five bags, as well as assets to decorate the Guardian’s presence at the festival.

Throughout the process, the winner will be working with the support of the Guardian’s marketing team and the Guardian’s in-house creative agency.

Once the winner has been chosen, they will be given a new brief for the festival assets. This will include multiple illustrations in digital and physical formats. Asset delivery will take place in January and April 2020.


For any enquiries, please email

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  • This article was amended on 30 August 2019 to reflect changes to the terms and conditions of the competition.

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