We have called this initiative Illustrator of the year, not because we cherish the ambition of electing the best illustrator of this year, but because we wish to select what we think the best project for a calendar destined to children aged 2-6/7. For 13 years we have been publishing a calendar illustrated by well-known authors for our best clients, which can be seen further down on this page.

At the beginning of 2008 we have decided to call for a competition among young illustrators from all over the world for our next calendars, and this selection has led us to publish the beautiful calendars illustrated by Anna Castagnoli, Marco Trevisan, David Pintor, Barbara Cantini, Richolly Rosazza, Silvia Baroncelli, Erika Cunja, Daniela Pareschi e Daniela Beracochea for the 2017 edition. We now want to continue on this path.

For the 6th edition, we have decided to open the contest to all illustrators, regardless of date of birth, thus eliminating the age limit that had been in place up to this point. If you are interested, please send an illustration of a month to calendar.cds@gmail.com by April 24th 2017, together with a few indications as to how you intend to develop the whole project. Your indications can come either in the form of a short descriptive text (in Italian or in English), or of a set of sketches (at least one per season). Donít forget to clearly state your name and surname, place and date of birth, postal and email address; if you feel it useful, you can join a short CV and a list of publications.

Images must be in jpeg format and not exceed 1MB. Proposals arriving after April 24th 2017, will not be considered. Illustrations received by post will not be returned. The illustrations will have to be unpublished, original and never before used for any type of contests. They may not have been published on any blog or website as well.

By May 22nd 2017, we will invite 3 to 5 candidates to develop their work by sending four illustrations (one per season) within the next forty days (deadline July 3rd 2017); one of them can be the original illustration, which may be further elaborated. This set of illustrations must consist of paper images, either hand-coloured or printed from a digital image, the former to be returned to unsuccessful candidates. Every candidate taking part in this second stage will receive an expenses allowance of 350 Euros. The selected candidate will be directly contacted and invited to develop by September 18th 2017 the thirteen images required for the calendar (twelve months plus cover).

An all-inclusive contribution of 3,500 Euros will be awarded for the making of the calendar.

Citt‡ del sole reserves the right to postpone the specified deadline (any changes will be communicated to all those concerned), or to unappealably call off the initiative should the received illustrations not meet the expectations.

Calendar size is cm. 31x31 closed and 31x62h open. The space allowed for each month is cm 31x62h, including the monthís calendar table. The 3/5 successful candidates will have to include the graphics in the final project.

For a child of about 3, a calendar is the base for a long learning process that will continue into its first school years. In proposing a calendar as a gift to young Citt‡ del sole users, we commit to sponsoring an operation in line with our attitude towards toys. Indeed, we do not intend this calendar to ìteachî children about the year and months and seasons, but only to allow them to experiment the emotions of an year painted by an artist. This implies that the illustrator, in designing the calendarís general project, must be her/himself as much as possible ñ even perhaps a younger self - as if s/he were depicting the story of her/his dream year, made of ideal seasons and months.
2017 Daniela Beracochea
Amici Immaginari
2016 Daniela Pareschi
Casting 2016
2015 Erika Cunja
Un anno sull'arca
2014 Silvia Baroncelli
Un anno da sfogliare
2013 Richolly Rosazza
2012 Barbara Cantini
A passeggio nelle fiabe...
2011 David Pintor
Calendario 2011
2010 Marco Trevisan
L'anno della volpe
2009 Anna Castagnoli
Calendario 2009
2008 Nikolaj Popov
Calendario 2008
2007 Sophie Fatus
anno Astro poco logico
2006 Anne Herbauts
l'anno di ANNE
2005 Altan
Il calendario dal libro di Emilio
Dodici sogni di Andrè; Dahan
Il calendario di Leo Lionni
2002 Nikolaj Popov
Calendario Fantastico
2001 Claudia Melotti
Il calendario dei bambini
2000 Nicoletta Costa
Il calendario degli animali