The Book Illustration Competition 2020


Friday, 20 September 2019

The closing date is 9am GMT on Friday 17 January 2020.

Who may enter
The competition is open to illustrators over the age of 18, both student and professional, who have not been previously published by The Folio Society. Entries are welcome from anywhere in the world.

The competition is organised by the House of Illustration in partnership with the Folio Society.

Entrants are asked to submit three illustrations for Love Poems, selected and edited by Imtiaz Dharker.

Love Poems, selected and edited by Imtiaz Dharker, is a brand-new anthology of love poetry ranging through time and across cultures. For this competition, we are asking you to illustrate three poems by Imtiaz Dharker, Emily Dickinson and John Donne. 

Click here to see past winners.

Entry fees
Standard entry: £25
Student entry: £15

The winner will be commissioned to complete a further six illustrations and a binding for the book which will be published by The Folio Society. The winner will be paid £5,000 while five runners-up will each receive £500.

Competition website
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