Competition | Christmas Calendar 2021

The deadline for this competition has passed

Are you an author or an illustrator? Reykjavik City Library is looking for the Christmas Calendar Story of 2021.

Reykjavik City Library has been publishing the Christmas Calendar Story for children since 2016, on the City Library website,  Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature website and other online platforms The story is also read by the author in the City Library Podcast. A new illustrated chapter is released every day from the 1st – 24th of December. The story is also made available as a podcast.

Last day to apply is August 22nd.

We ask all applicants to send us the plot and storyline with examples of illustrations by midnight, August the 22nd. Please send the application to

The selection committee will look through all applications and select the winning story by September 5th. 

All 24 chapters with one illustration for each chapter, as well as a cover illustration, need to be handed in by October 17th. These illustrations will also be used to make a bookmark, a poster and a calendar that will be put up in all our libraries.

The author and illustrator will get 225.000 krónur each, and 450.000 krónur if they are the same person. 

Children who visit the museum in November and December receive a bookmark and the posters are distributed locally. We offer Christmas Storytime during the month of December.

The Christmas Calendar Story is a cooperative project between Reykjavik City Library and Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature.

For more information, please contact:
Guðrún Dís Jónatansdóttir, Head of Communication & Innovation | tel. 411 6115
Reykjavik City Library | Culture House