Folio Book Illustration Award 2023

Illustration is at the heart of everything we do at Folio. As well as commissioning renowned illustrators and artists, we also nurture new talent and champion artists who work across a diverse range of media, from oil painting and wood engraving to collage and digital illustration.  

The Folio Book Illustration Award offers the opportunity for aspiring and established illustrators to provide one piece of artwork in response to The Fliers of Gy which you can read HEREPlease note this is not available to download.

The judges, Folio Art Directors, Sheri Gee and Raquel Leis Allion, Folio Publishing Director, Tom WalkerTheo Downes-Le Guin and FBIA 2022 winner, Evangeline Gallagher, will be looking for atmosphere and strong characterisation in the entries along with an ability to read and reflect the text. The final piece should illustrate a scene from the story rather than be solely a portrait of a character.

To make the competition accessible to as many artists as possible there is no entry fee. There will be an initial longlist selection of 20 entries announced in May, with the judging panel announcing the winning artist and the five runners-up in June.

The winner will receive a prize of £2,000 cash plus £500 worth of Folio vouchers, and each of the runners-up will receive £500 worth of Folio vouchers. The winning artist and runners-up will also receive a portfolio review by the Folio art directors.

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has not previously been commissioned by The Folio Society.

Key information 

  • No entry fee 
  • £2,000 first prize, plus portfolio review 
  • 5 x £500 of Folio vouchers for runners-up, plus portfolio review
  • Entries only accepted via Zealous
  • The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has not previously been commissioned by The Folio Society
  • Artwork inspired by any source other than the set text will not be accepted 

Key dates

  • Submissions close 19 April 2023
  • Longlist announced May 2023
  • Runners-up/Winner announced June 2023

To read the story or enter your artwork, please click the link below. Entries will not be accepted via email or post directly to Folio.

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