The Alligator's Mouth Award for illustrated early fiction 

in partnership with Bright Illustration Agency and Gardners Books

2021 Submission Guidelines

2021 Entry Form

Press Release 25/6/20

Adam Stower Wins The Alligator’s Mouth Award 2020




● King Coo: The Curse of the Mummy’s Gold by Adam Stower is crowned the best book for 6-8-year-olds


The Alligator’s Mouth Children’s Bookshop, in partnership with illustration and literary agency The Bright Agency, is launching The Alligator’s Mouth Award: a new award for illustrated early fiction. The award is intended to celebrate the best books published in the UK from the last year for readers aged 6-8, and champion authors and illustrators of highly illustrated early children’s fiction.


The award was founded in 2018 by The Alligator’s Mouth in partnership with The Bright Agency with the aim of championing and celebrating highly-illustrated fiction for children aged 6-8-years-old. This year, book wholesalers Gardners joined the prize as an official partner.


Keep up to date with the awards at and on Twitter by following #AlligatorsAward

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The Judging Panel

Full 2021 judging panel of seven judges to be announced soon...

Arabella Stein

director of The Bright Agency

Margaret Wallace-Jones

co-director of The Alligator's Mouth

Tony West

co-director of The Alligator's Mouth

Previous Shortlists

WINNER 2020:

King Coo The Curse of the Mummy's Gold by Adam Stower

WINNER 2019:

Nice Work for

The Cat and the King

by Nick Sharratt

Alison Green Books

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