The Chen Bochui International Children's Literature Award (CICLA) is one of the longest-running literary prizes in China. It was originally set up in 1981 by Chen Bochui, known as a landmark in Chinese modern children’s literature. Since 2014, the Award has turned into an international competition in the area of children’s literature, which is the first of its kind in China.
The CICLA Original Illustration Exhibition is a key event linked to the Award, which has been gaining visibility and recognition worldwide in the past years. It consists of two categories: Professional Group and Public Group. In the professional category, every year a theme is provided, and professional artists from all over the world are invited to deliver their vision of the theme through a series of illustration works.
The organizer not only sets up one annual prize for the best series but also presents selected illustrations at the venue of the CICLA award-giving ceremony, and takes best series into museum collections.
  • Hosted by Shanghai Baoshan District People's Government Shanghai Press and Publication Administration Chen Bochui Children's Literature Foundation Special Committee
  • Organized by Shanghai Baoshan Administration of Culture and Tourism China Welfare Institute Publishing House
  • Professional Group is open to professional artists all around the world with their physical works.
  • Creation and Application on-line: March 28 – August 31, 2021
  • Physical Work Admission DEADLINE: August 31, 2021
  • Work Review: September 1 – October 30, 2021
  • Exhibition: November 17, 2021– January 31, 2022
Creative Theme
  • "Common Journey"
Requirements for Creation
  • 1. Painted works and digital works
    Participant should submit a series of 3 pieces of illustrations based on the 2021 theme. The maximum size of works is 420mmx297mm.
  • 2. Works in other forms
    Other forms of works, such as paper-cutting, print and sculpture are also accepted. Frontal size of three-dimensional works is suggested to be no smaller than 200mm×200mm.
Online Application
  • To apply in taking participation, please press the button to enter the application page. Submit related information as required and uploaded scanned pictures or digital images of finished works in high-definition (300DPI or above).
Physical Works Delivery
After applying on-line, participants should send physical works (with signature) to the organizer and make sure of their arrival by the admission deadline (August 31, 2021). This rule applies to all forms of creation, including digital and three-dimensional works.
On the package of the parcel please mark clear “CICLA Illustration” along with other necessary information.
Note: Artists who have trouble with international delivery please write to to inform the situation.
  • Delivery Information
  • Shanghai Baoshan International Folk Arts Exposition
  • Address: 4788 Hutai Road, Baoshan District, Shanghai, China
  • Code: 201907
  • Contact: Shannon Shan
  • Tel.: +86-21-66787899
  • E-mail:
An independent jury will select ONE Annual Prize winner, three second prize and six third prize. The annual prize winner will receive a collaboration contract worth 80,000 RMB (before tax), approx. 12,000 USD. The contract is about the main visual design for the next year’s CICLA Original Illustration Exhibition.
The Jury will also select a batch of works to be taken into museum collection (including but not limited to the top 10), with an acquisition fee of 800 USD (before tax) for hand-drawn series works, or 500 USD (before tax) for printed digital series works.
Around 50 excellent illustrations will be exhibited at the Baoshan International Folk Art Exhibition and featured in the exhibition catalogue.
All illustration works will NOT be returned. They will be reserved in Shanghai Baoshan International Folk Arts Exposition museum.
Copyright Statement
All illustration works submitted to us shall be original works created by the illustrator and have never been published before. If the applicant violated the rules for application and caused disputes over the copyright of works, the applicant shall bear the legal responsibilities by him/herself.
All submissions have the opportunity of being shown at CICLA related events or activities, such as domestic and international book fairs and tour exhibitions. Images from the submissions may be used in designs to promote the programme.