The Alligator's Mouth Award for illustrated early fiction 

in partnership with Bright Illustration Agency and Gardners Books

2021 Submission Guidelines

2021 Entry Form

Update 1st Oct '20

Submissions open for the Alligator's Mouth Award 2021


  • Opening date: Thurs 1st Oct 2020

  • Closing date: Fri 20th Nov 2020

  • Download Submission Guidelines and Entry Form above


The Alligator’s Mouth Children’s Bookshop, in partnership with illustration and literary agency The Bright Agency and book wholesalers Gardners, is now opening submissions for The Alligator’s Mouth Award 2021: the third year of an 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.


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

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

logo by Benji Davies


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