Imagine a Journey - Illustration Competition

During the Hay Festival (25 May – 4 June) in Wales, an illustration competition will be launched with fantastic prizes to be won, including a visit to the International Children’s Literature Hay Festival in Aarhus, Denmark (26 – 29 October 2017).

Pupils should draw a journey. It can be real or imagined, literal or metaphorical. The illustration should allow others to understand and share in the journey. The best entries will be shared on the Hay Festival Instagram feed.


To enter:

  • Download the Imagine a Journey worksheet
  • Pupils should draw their journey in the box provided and write a short description to explain what the journey is
  • Provide your name, school name and address, as well as confirmation that the work can be shared on social media

Entries can be scanned and emailed to or posted to
Hay Festival, 25 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye HR3 5AD

For more information please email

For inspiration, explore the illustrations throughout Quest and Odyssey with your students or visit the illustrations in The Summerhouse at Hay Festival. And you can see your favourite illustrators at work throughout the week at the Illustration Hot Desk in the Make and Take tent on Hay Festival site.

To buy copies of the Aarhus 39 Anthologies Quest and Odyssey please visit your local bookshop or visit Alma Books. Enter the code ‘HAYFRIENDS30’ at the checkout to receive exclusive discount.

If you are a teacher and you want more information about how to use these anthologies in your schools, please download the Education resources:

Odyssey classroom resource

Quest classroom resource

Great illustrations will be shared on Hay Festival Instagram feed and the best illustrated journey will be awarded a special prize: the amazing opportunity to attend our International Children’s Festival in Denmark.

The schools of the top ten entries will win £200 towards the school library and copies of the Aarhus anthologies. The schools of the top 20 entries will win copies of the Aarhus anthologies. Terms and conditions apply.

Here are the great illustrators Chris Riddell and Cressida Cowell creating work at Hay Festival.