Frequently Asked Questions

My images aren’t uploading to the competition website, what should I do?

If you are having a problem uploading your images please try one of the following solutions:

  • All images need to be at least 900 pixels wide on all sides. You will be unable to upload images to the website if images are smaller than 900 pixels. For image guidelines see the BIC 2018 Binding and Illustrations Information (PDF).
  • Each individual image must be no larger than 2MB.
  • Please keep the ‘Ready To Enter Button’ at ‘No’ until all your images have been uploaded. Once your images have been uploaded please then go to the ‘Ready To Enter’ button and select ‘Yes’.

I’m still having trouble with my entry, what should I do?

Don’t panic! If you’re still having trouble uploading your images you can try re-registering with a different email address and new username. Make sure you follow the instructions above carefully. If you’re still have problems uploading, get in touch.

How can I enter the competition?

We are accepting online entries in the format specified in the instructions only. Please do not send your entry in the post or via email.

Is there an entry fee?

Yes. Entries cost £25. There is a reduced fee of £15 for students. If you are a student, you will be asked to provide the name of your school or college. Payment is made via Paypal.

When is the closing date?

The closing date is 9am GMT on Wednesday 17 January 2018. Late entries will not be accepted.

When will I find out who has won?

Judging will take place during January 2018 and entrants who have been longlisted will be notified by Tuesday 30 January. The shortlist and winner will be announced at our Awards Night in February.

What happens if my entry is longlisted?

We’ll ask you to provide high resolution copies of your work and a brief biography so that your entry can be included in the online exhibition to be hosted on House of Illustration’s website throughout February 2018. All longlisted entrants will be invited to attend the Awards Night on Tuesday 20 February 2018.

What happens if my entry is shortlisted?

The shortlist and overall winner will be announced at the  Awards Night on Tuesday 20 February 2018 at House of Illustration.

What happens if I win?

The winner of The Book Illustration Competition 2018 will be asked to provide a total of nine illustrations for the final book, as well as a binding design, and must agree to complete the commission within The Folio Society’s deadline.

How will the longlist be displayed to the public?

The longlisted entries will be shown in an online exhibition from 1 – 28 February 2018, and members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite. We will also share images from all longlisted entries via our social media channels after the longlist has been publicly announced.

Can I change one of my images after I have submitted my entry?

No. Once you have submitted your entry, no changes can be made.

Should my illustrations be in colour or black and white?

The illustrations can be in either colour or black and white – it’s up to you. For guidance on creating a binding design download the 2018 Illustration and Binding Instructions (PDF) from the How To Enter section.

Should my illustrations be portrait or landscape?

All your images must be portrait. 

Where can I buy a copy of the winning book?

Books from The Folio Society are exclusively available at

Why do I need to include a text caption?

The caption tells us exactly which section from each story is being illustrated in your entry, and how well it portrays the scene. It is a reference for the judges and later the commissioning process. In the final book it appears in the list of illustrations at the front of the book. It will not be placed on, opposite or under the illustration and should not be included in your illustration.

Where will the illustrations be placed in the final book?

The Folio Society will position the illustration as close as possible to the quote that is being illustrated but not necessarily exactly opposite. This will depend on the book setting and binding process.

Are multiple entries per illustrator allowed?

Only one entry per person is allowed.

Are entries from outside the UK allowed?

Yes – entries are welcome from anywhere in the world.

What medium should I use for my illustrations?

You can use any medium that is suitable for reproduction. For more guidance download the 2018 lllustration and Binding Instructions (PDF) from the How To Enter section.

Can I post my entry on to my own website/blog?

All entries are judged anonymously so we would prefer that you wait until the longlist is announced on 1 February 2018.

Do you have a question we’ve not answered? Please contact us and we’ll respond as soon as possible.

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