The Book Illustration Competition is a unique partnership between House of Illustration and The Folio Society that seeks to identify and promote new talent in illustration. The annual international competition is open to illustrators over the age of 18, both student and professional, who have not been previously published by The Folio Society.
Each year entrants are asked to submit three illustrations and a binding design for a book chosen by The Folio Society. The winner receives a highly sought-after commission, worth £5,000, to complete a total of nine illustrations and a binding design for the book, which is then published by The Folio Society. Five runners each will receive £500 cash.
This year we are asking entrants to submit three illustrations and a binding design for The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. The new edition, featuring illustrations by the winner, will be published by The Folio Society as part of its Christmas 2018 campaign.
The Book Illustration Competition was launched in 2011 and has received thousands of entries from over 44 countries. For more information on past competition winners go to the Previous Winners website. Copies of the books illustrated by previous winners are available to purchase from The Folio Society.
About the Book:
The book to be illustrated for The Book Illustration Competition 2018 is The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle.
You will need to read and provide one illustration for each of the following stories for your entry.
A Scandal in Bohemia
The Man with the Twisted Lip
The Musgrave Ritual
You can download a PDF of these three stories here.
The Book Illustration Competition 2018 will be judged by a panel of six judges, to be announced.
- Read these three Sherlock Holmes stories – A Scandal in Bohemia, The Man with the Twisted Lip and The Musgrave Ritual. To enter the competition you need to provide an illustration for each story and a binding design for the collection – The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. You must submit your three illustrations plus your binding design via this website by 9 am GMT on Wednesday 17 January 2018.
- Create three illustrations, one for each of the stories listed above. Your illustrations must be portrait, not landscape, and your entry should be finished artwork. Please download and read the instructions below very carefully before starting work.
- You should also design a binding for the collection as a whole. Please download and read the instructions below very carefully before beginning work.
Click here to download the BIC 2018 Binding and Illustrations Information (PDF)
Click here to download the BIC 2018 Binding Template (PDF)
How to register online?
We will only accept entries via the online form on this website. You need to register, after which we will send you a confirmation email with your login details. Please check your spam folder for this email if it doesn’t arrive immediately.
Click here to register
If you have a question about The Book Illustration Competition please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org using ‘Book Illustration Competition’ as the subject.
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