->DEADLINE THE 16th OF JUNE 2021!<-
Submission of work is free!

The theme for 2021’s Exhibition and Annual : 'The Story of a Better Tomorrow'.
The focus of the Awards has always been one of narrative. Visual storytelling, whether sequential or single image, gives scope to the imagination and opens up possibilities beyond the present moment; what happened  before? What happens next?

Open to all students, emerging and established illustrators.

Please note- The 2021 CIA exhibition will be exhibited along side the 2020 CIA- 'I am Many Stories' exhibition.  In a bumper CIA show towards the end of 2021, beginning of 2022. As the 2020 CIA exhibition was unable to exhibit as normal due to the global pandemic. We are very excited for this!


The University of Gloucestershire's Illustration department have been running the intentionally renowned Cheltenham Illustration Awards for over a decade and produce an annual, each year, alongside the subsequent exhibition. The 60 most highly commended entries entered are chosen by an academic and peer selection panel for this inclusion in the exhibition and Annual. The Illustration awards receives over 800 enters each year from all over the world and is sent round the globe!

The selected work will be showcased at the Museum in the Park, Stroud, UK, other venues such as the London Book Fair, and published in the 2021 Cheltenham Illustration Awards Annual, which will be distributed to educators and publishers, internationally.

The Awards will also be inviting work from established artists and illustrators whose work we admire and that contributes to the theme.

The deadline for submitted entries is the 16th of June 2021.

Please feel free to circulate the poster below!