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Magabala Books announces the Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award

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Magabala Books is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a call for entries to the inaugural Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award.

The winner of the biennial award will receive $10,000, a mentorship and the opportunity to illustrate a children’s story by renowned author and illustrator, Sally Morgan.

Judges for the award include children’s book industry icons – Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs and celebrated illustrators Bronwyn Bancroft
and Ann James. Magabala Publisher, Rachel Bin Salleh, who will also serve as judge, spoke about the award and her hopes for it to ‘address industry demand for Indigenous illustrators’.

‘The award will support emerging illustrators to develop their craft, and encourage Indigenous artists who haven’t illustrated before’, she said.

The award is funded by the Kestin Family Foundation. The Foundation’s representative, Harry Kestin, first discovered the work of Magabala Books when he visited its Broome bookshop in 2008. ‘I was blown away by the quality of their children’s books and commitment to career development of Indigenous illustrators and authors,' he said.

Application packages for the Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award can be requested by emailing Publisher, Rachel Bin Salleh at

For media queries, contact Marketing Manager, Lisa Burton on (08) 9192 1991 or email at


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