The Book Illustration Competition 2018 Judging Panel Announced

Introducing this year's Book Illustration Competition guest judge, Sherlock Holmes expert Helen Dorey.


  • Becky Brewis
  • Competitions

We are excited to reveal that this year's judge of the Book Illustration Competition will be reknowned Sherlock Holmes expert Helen Dorey.

Helen is an enthusiastic Holmesian who has served as a Council Member of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and is invested in the world’s oldest Sherlock Holmes Society, The Baker Street Irregulars of New York.

She said: ‘It’s a great honour to have been asked to join the judging panel and I anticipate a wide range of amazing responses to the challenge of illustrating Holmes for a new generation.’

She will be joining five other judges on the panel: Sheri Gee, Folio Society Art Director; Colin McKenzie, Director of House of Illustration; James Rose, Folio Society Editor; Olivia Ahmed, House of Illustration Curator and 2017 competition winner Darya Shnykina. Find out more about the judges here

Now in its eighth year, the Book Illustration Competition is a partnership between The Folio Society and House of Illustration. This year’s BIC will be open for entries until 17 January 2018 and judging will take place in the new year.

The winner will receive the prestigious commission worth £5,000. Five prizes of £500 each will be presented to the other shortlisted entries. The new edition of The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle with illustrations by the winning artist will be published by The Folio Society in October 2018.

Would you like to win a commission from The Folio Society? Enter this year's competition.