Call for Submissions: 2016 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program

Submission deadline Friday, May 13

IBBY Canada is inviting submissions from Canadian children’s book illustrators for the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. The program provides a jury-selected illustrator with a month-long residency for October 2016, to be hosted at the Stanley A. Milner Library in downtown Edmonton.

Submissions will be evaluated by a jury with expertise in children’s books and illustration. The submission deadline is Friday, May 13.

Overview of IBBY Canada’s 2016 Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program:

  • Held at Stanley A. Milner Library in Edmonton from October 1 to 31, 2016
  • Illustrator plans and delivers programming which may include art activities for classes of children, presentations for adults, presentations at high schools and colleges, portfolio reviews, display of illustrator’s work in the library
  • Remuneration of $4,000 for the one-month term is provided to the illustrator
  • Travel, accommodation and meals are the responsibility of the illustrator. However, additional financial support for accommodation may be available through IBBY Canada
  • Additional reimbursement up to $300 for art supplies purchased for the program
  • Estimate of 35 hours per week including some weekend and evening commitments

Requirements for illustrators:

  • Has illustrated four or more professionally-published children’s books, with publication of a new book expected within the next few years
  • Experience in developing and delivering programs for adults, children and teens
  • Can promote their participation in the program on their website and through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or LinkedIn
  • Friendly and empathetic, with an understanding of the needs of aspiring artists
  • Preparatory sketches and finished work, mounted/framed for display in the library
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Applications must be a single pdf document (or a single Word document) that includes the following:

  1. CV that shows public presentation experience and a list of published books
  2. Two letters of reference about public presentation experience
  3. Well-considered ideas for programming for school classes, adults, and high school/college students (please see following Programming Examples).

Please send application by Friday, May 13, 2016 to


Programming Examples

The illustrator will be expected to be able to offer the types of programming below, but once selected will also be encouraged to propose creative ideas and be open to suggestions for programming.

  1. School workshops for Grades 2 to 6 in the library

Local school classes make field trips to the library to participate in workshops during the residency. Workshops for school classes should include a hands-on art activity for the class, as well as a short presentation of the illustrator’s work using visuals such as PowerPoint.  The illustrator provides enough art supplies for all the kids to participate (costs will be reimbursed). At the end of the session, each child should have a finished piece of artwork to take with them (or a finished group project). Since each class visiting the library will have different kids and teachers, the workshops can be the same, with content modified for different ages as needed.  There will be up to 15 school workshops in total, held on two days each week with one class in the morning and another in the afternoon.  The workshops for school classes are 90 minutes, with under 30 kids per class. Teachers accompany and supervise each class.

  1. Adult presentations in the library

Adult presentations should include visuals such as PowerPoint, and focus on topics such as getting started as an illustrator, work opportunities for illustrators, promoting illustration work, building a portfolio, illustrating for publishers, and related topics. Hands-on art activities aren’t recommended for adult presentations. There will be approximately 4 or 5 hour-long adult presentations in total.

  1. Student presentations at high schools and colleges

High school presentations are held at the school or college, not in the library.  Presentations for these student audiences can be similar to those for adults.  Presentations in schools are about 45 to 60 minutes long, depending on the schedule.


About the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustration in Residence program

The Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence program is a joint project of IBBY Canada, Toronto Public Library, Edmonton Public Library, and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. The program launched at the Toronto Public Library’s Northern District Branch, and was held there from 2013 to 2015. The program is funded by the family of Joanne Fitzgerald (1956–2011), whose illustrated children’s books include Plain Noodles, Emily’s House, The Blue Hippopotamus, and Doctor Kiss Says Yes, winner of the Governor General’s Award.

IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) was founded in 1953 to bring books and children together; today there are IBBY sections in more than 75 countries around the world, including India, Japan, France, Uganda, Finland, and the United States. IBBY Canada, formed in 1980, promotes quality French and English language Canadian children’s literature nationally and internationally.  For more information, please visit