Is it your dream to become an illustrator for children’s books, but you don’t know where to start? Traversing the world of publishing can be difficult, advice and information on how to navigate this world is what any newcomer needs, and that is just what you could get from Pop Up Projects flagship programme, Pathways into Children’s Publishing

Pop Up Projects, the children’s literature non-profit development agency, runs an illustration programme called Pathways into Children’s Publishing, and the application window is still open for this year’s programme that begins in December. They are currently seeking out applications from artists of colour, disabled artists, neurodivergent artists, and artists with UK refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds, aged 21 and up.

Applications are open until Friday 29 July, so hurry if you are interested in applying for this amazing course. It could be the stepping stone you need to break into the world of children’s publishing.

The two-year course is specifically designed to engage emerging illustrators that are underrepresented in children’s publishing to develop their illustration skills, explore the world of children’s publishing, build an understanding of the commercial aspects of publishing and gain a network of unique contacts in publishing and literature.

Feedback from the previous iteration of the course showed that 96% of mentees increased their understanding of the UK children’s publishing industry and 55% of mentees were offered professional illustration commissions and opportunities as a direct result of the programme (as of July 2021).

Applications are open to artists and illustrators that are 21+ and self-describe as an artist of colour, a disabled artist, neurodivergent artist, or an artist with refugee and asylum-seeker background. The application window is open now and closes on Friday 29th July 2022, with the course starting in December 2022.

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