Ben Lewis with his cover designFriday was a day to be treasured!

It was the day when Ben Lewis, a primary five pupil at Stockbridge Primary School, was awarded his prizes for winning our ‘Treasure Island: A Play‘ Book Cover Design Competition.

Scottish school children were invited to submit ideas for a book cover – with the winning entry chosen to go on the front cover of our new book!

Iain McIntosh, illustrator for Alexander McCall Smith’s books, kindly agreed to judge the competition and – on World Book Day – a shortlist of winners was announced.

View all the entries on our dedicated website: Treasure Island: A Play.

Ben Lewis with his cover designBen fought off over 300 other entries to win first place. As part of his prize, Ben was presented with a framed copy of the final artwork for ‘Treasure Island: A Play‘ and a signed copy of Alexander McCall Smith’s ‘Precious and the Monkeys’ (kindly donated by Birlinn).

The prizes were awarded by Prof. Alistair McCleery and MSc Publishing student Carol-Anne Royan at a special prize-giving ceremony at Stockbridge Primary School.

Well done, Ben!

We are also proud that any profits from the sales of ‘Treasure Island: A Play‘ will be donated to CHAS, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland. We are ecstatic to be working with a charity that does so much inspirational work for children.

CHAS Fundraiser Amy Telford said: ‘We’re thrilled to be benefiting from this very special book. The money raised will support children and young people with life-shortening conditions and their families across Scotland, helping to raise over £7 million that we need every year to run CHAS services.’

We look forward to seeing Ben’s artwork on the book when it is published on 8 June.