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It’s time to pick your sharpest quill, dust off your time machine, and get creative! Embark on an incredible journey into the past as you travel back through the 20th century and wake up…in 1914.
This year, the theme for our nationwide picture book competition is ‘My Life 100 Years Ago’ and it is organized in partnership with Eurostar, House of Illustration and the First World War Centenary Partnership. The prizes are more incredible than ever: train tickets to Paris, a First World War Learning Session at IWM London, OKIDO back issues, tonnes of picture books signed by the festival’s guests, and much more.

Not to forget our esteemed panel of judges who will select the lucky winners: Laurent Batut (French Embassy, Head of Education), Jim Kay (CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal winning illustrator), Gina Koutsika, (Imperial War Museums, Head of National & International Programmes & Projects), Colin McKenzie (Director at House of Illustration), Denise Johnstone-Burt (Publisher and Associate Director at Walker Books), and a representative from Eurostar.

The winners will be announced during the Prize Ceremony on Friday 21 November at 5pm.

To participate, download the application form and send it with your entry before 7 November. All related information is provided on the form.


More information on our collaboration with the First World War Centenary Partnership:

The French Institute is working with the First World War Centenary Partnership, a growing network of over 3,000 not-for-profit organisations from over 50 countries.
Led by IWM (Imperial War Museums), the Partnership is marking the First World War Centenary (2014-2018) and is enabling communities and individuals of all ages to come together to commemorate, remember and reflect. Visit to find out more and take part in the global commemorations.

“I am delighted we are participating in the nationwide picture book competition “My Life 100 Years Ago” and I am looking forward to reviewing the entries and enjoying the creativity and imagination of the young talents.”
Gina Koutsika, Head of National & International Programmes & Projects