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Applications Reopen for a Two-Day Picture Book Hackathon

Are you a writer and/or illustrator from South East Asia or a Tamil/Hindi/Chinese/Malay translator who wants to create amazing picture books for kids?

Then join us for an exciting two-day virtual hackathon, jointly organised by Pratham Books and the Singapore Book Council, running up to the 2022 Asian Festival of Children’s Content! There is no registration fee for this workshop.

Open to all writers and illustrators from South East Asia; and Tamil, Hindi, Chinese and Malay translators from South Asia. Selected applicants will be required to attend a hackathon workshop over the course of two days. During the workshop, participants will be assigned into groups to produce a picture book. 

When?

14 and 15 May 2022 

What is the hackathon?

As part of this hackathon, participants will create simple, engaging bilingual picture books in two days, mentored by the Pratham Books team.

Selected participants will be required to sign a contract, releasing all work created during the hackathon under a CCBY 4.0 licence. This is an open licence that enables access to books to disenfranchised people across the world.

Your work can be in any of these languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Chinese, Malay. The medium of instruction will be English, so a working knowledge of the language may be needed.

For writers:

Please submit a 50-word brief for a picture book manuscript, any piece of published or unpublished writing that demonstrates your skill as a storyteller and your bio to [email protected] with the subject AFCC Build Your Book.

For illustrators:

Please submit an original character design, with a small write-up on why you thought of this character, your portfolio and your bio to [email protected] with the subject AFCC Build Your Book.

For writer-illustrators:

Please send a 50-word brief for a picture book manuscript and a sample page, your portfolio/previously published work and your bio to [email protected] with the subject AFCC Build Your Book.

For translators:

Please send a 100-word translation sample (along with the original) of a children’s book of your choice along with your bio. You can translate the text into any of the following languages – Hindi, Tamil, Chinese, Malay – into English or vice versa. 

Please send in your applications by April 8th 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: 

This callout for authors and illustrators is for participants from South East Asia only. If you have already sent us your application during the first round, you would have received an email from us if your entry was longlisted.

Selected participants will be required to sign a contract, releasing all work created during the hackathon under a CCBY 4.0 license. This is an open license that enables access to books to disenfranchised people across the world.

Your work can be in any of these languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Chinese, Malay.

The medium of instruction will be in English. Participants will need to have a working understanding of the language. Registration is free. 

For any enquiries, please contact us at submissi[email protected]

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