Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Folio Society and House of Illustration Inaugural Book Competition

The UK's House of Illustration and The Folio Society have launched an exciting new competition with the chance to win a prestigious Folio commission illustrating Albert Camus’s The Outsider.

This inaugural online competition, launched today, will require entrants to submit three illustrations and a binding design. Entrants must be over the age of 18 and not already Folio Society published illustrators.

The winner will receive a £4,000 (approximately $6,400USD)  Folio commission to complete a collection of seven illustrations for the book, which will be published by The Folio Society in the autumn of 2011.

Five runners up will each receive a £500 (approximately $800USD) cash prize, and a minimum of three of the six prizes will go to students.

Flora Craig, the House of Illustration’s Project Director, said: ‘This is an extremely exciting initiative for both the House of Illustration and The Folio Society. A unique chance for established and emerging illustrators alike, we hope to encourage and help launch the careers of the best new illustration talent.’

The judges for the prize will include internationally acclaimed illustrator Quentin Blake, renowned British writer and actor, Simon Callow and illustrator, Laura Carlin.

The deadline for entries is 10 January 2011, and the winners will be announced at the beginning of February 2011.

More details online or contact info@houseofillustration.org.uk


  1. I came to the 3x3 site to renew my subscription and thought I'd read the blog first. I hope I'm missing something here. I enjoy your magazine very much so I don't like being critical but this seems to be a reputable company finding a clever way to have illustrations paid for. Holding a competition like this, with an entry fee, is like spec work only more profitable for the company. Is it because things are so bad economically now? I've been working hard all day so maybe I'm misreading this, but the site says that actual illustrations from the book must be entered and that sounds like free work for anyone but the winner. Please tell me I've got it wrong.

  2. The way I read it Bill is that the Folio Society is looking to commission new artists, they along with the Illustration House--a new organization which will be the first in the world to house and promote illustration--are sponsoring the event. We have no affiliation with either group and to respond to their offer is a matter of choice.

  3. Thanks Charles. I just get a little defensive when it comes to doing free work specifically for a competition. My students get lured in all the time with this stuff. I would love to do work for them but would rather be chosen for what I've done. Now over to re-subscribe. I miss opening that package and getting that incredible ink smell when I first crack open the magazine.