The Book Illustration Competition is a partnership between House of Illustration and The Folio Society that identifies and celebrates new talent in illustration. The annual international competition is open to illustrators over the age of 18, both students and professionals, who have not been previously published by The Folio Society.
Entrants are asked to submit three illustrations; the winner receives a highly sought-after commission and is paid £5,000 to complete a further six full-page illustrations and a binding design for the book, which is then published by The Folio Society. Five runners-up each receive £500.
The Book Illustration Competition was launched in 2011 and has received thousands of entries from over 44 countries. Copies of the books illustrated by previous winners are available to purchase from The Folio Society.