The Book Illustration Competition 2020

Win a career-changing commission to illustrate The Folio Society’s new anthology of love poems – applications are now open.

This is the tenth Book Illustration Competition and this time we’re on the hunt for an illustrator for Love Poems, selected and edited by Imtiaz Dharker.

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.

Learn more about the competition see a gallery of past winners’ work and read testimonials from previous participants.

About the book:

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.

About the judges:

Judges will be announced in December 2019.

Entry fee:

Standard entry: £25

Student entry: £15*

*If longlisted, you will need to provide proof of student status

Key competition dates:

Friday 17 January 2020: competition closes

Friday 14 February 2020: longlist announced; voting opens for the People’s Choice Award

Wednesday 18 March 2020: shortlist, the People’s Choice Award Winner and the overall Competition Winner announced at the Awards Night at House of Illustration

How to enter:

Ready to get stuck in? Find out how to enter now.