The People’s Choice Award

Which entry to the 2018 Book Illustration Competition has captured your imagination? Vote for your favourite illustrations!

In addition to the main Book Illustration Competition Award, our standalone People’s Choice Award recognises the illustrations of The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes that resonate most with you.

How to vote for The People’s Choice Award

Our expert panel of judges has selected a longlist of 24 exceptional entries, all of which will be exhibited here on our online gallery from 1 – 28 February, where you can submit your vote.

You can only vote once and voting closes at 11.59 pm on 19 February. The People’s Choice Award will be presented at Awards Night on 20 February to the longlisted entry with the most votes from the public. The winner will receive books of their choice worth £100 from The Folio Society, plus a year’s membership to House of Illustration.

Whoever gets your vote, let us know on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @IllustrationHQ and @foliosociety using #BIC2018 and #MyBIC2018

The longlisted entries

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Longlist entry 1 - Ellen Barkin

sherlock-cover-Ellen-Barkin “He can’t lie in the street. May we bring him in, marm?” ”In fact, in the whole of that floor there was no one to be found save a crippled wretch of hideous aspect” ”He had a horror of destroying documents, especially those which were connected with his past cases”

Longlist entry 2 - Svetlana Boiko

Binding_Boiko_Svetlana «When a woman thinks that her house is on fire, her instinct is at once to rush to the thing which she values most». «He flicked the horse with his whip, and we dashed away through the endless succession of sombre and deserted streets...» «One winter's night, as we sat together by the fire, I ventured to suggest to him that (...) he might (...) making our room a little more habitable».

Longlist entry 3 - Simon Bridgland

Binding28 He was borne into Briony Lodge and laid out in the principal room, while I still observed the proceedings from my post by the window. I found the latch and made my way into a long, low room, thick and heavy with brown opium smoke. I crept on tiptoe down the passage and peeped in at the open door.

Longlist entry 4 - Alison Bryant

Alison-Bryant-Binding A blow was struck, and in an instant the lady, who had stepped from her carriage, was the centre of a little knot of flushed and struggling men Then I carefully paced off five to the east and two to the south. A dull wrack was drifting slowly across the sky, and a star or two twinkled dimly here and there through the rifts of clouds.

Longlist entry 5 - Rachel Burlington

Sherlock-binding2 She was there in an instant, and I caught a glimpse of it as she half drew it out. His Name is Hugh Boone, and his hideous face is one which is familiar to every man who goes much to the City. I measured out the distance, which brought me almost to the wall of the house, and I thrust a peg into the spot.

Longlist entry 6 - Hilary Clarcq

hclarcq_binding_150dpi_withbleed She stood at the top with her superb figure outlined against the lights of the hall, looking back into the street Out of the black shadows there glimmered little red circles of light, now bright, now faint Matters were in this state, when a new development quite drew our attention away from the original mystery

Longlist entry 7 - Zuzana Čupová

Binding_Design ...flushed and struggling men, who struck savagely at each other with their fists and sticks. Holmes dashed into the crowd to protect the lady... Here it is that this creature takes his daily seat, cross-legged with his tiny stock of matches on his lap... I looked up at the sun. It was low in the heavens, and I calculated that in less than an hour it would lie just...

Longlist entry 8 - Erik Freij

Book-Binding-RGB150 Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small sliding shutter, and, plunging in his hand, pulled out a photograph and a letter. “So I am. But you’ve got mixed, Watson, for I have only been here a few hours, three pipes, four pipes—I forget how many." "It is a curious collection." "Very curious, and the story that hangs round it will strike you as being more curious still."

Longlist entry 9 - Marie-Alice Harel

Binding_maharel Irene Adler, as I will still call her, had hurried up the steps; Now, Watson, said Holmes, as a tall dog-cart dashed up through the gloom [...], You'll come with me, won't you ? My client led me away at once, without our entering the house, to the scar on the lawn where the elm had stood.

Longlist entry 10 - Richard Holland

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Longlist entry 11 - Julia Horst

SherlockCover A Scandal in Bohemia: “You have the photograph?” “I know where it is.” “And how did you find out?” “She showed me, as I told you she would.” The Man with the Twisted Lip: He took off his coat and waistcoat, put on a large blue dressing-gown, and then wandered about the room collecting pillows from his bed and cushions from the sofa and armchairs. With these he constructed a sort of Eastern divan, upon which he perched himself cross-legged, with an ounce of shag tobacco and a box of matches laid out in front of him. The Musgrave Ritual: As to the oak there could be no question at all. Right in front of 53 the house, upon the left-hand side of the drive, there stood a patriarch among oaks, one of the most magnificent trees that I have ever seen.

Longlist entry 12 - Natasa Ilincic

BIC-illustration-0-cover "I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, but she was a lovely woman, with a face that a man might die for." "...the blue smoke curling up from him, silent, motionless, with the light shining upon his strong-set aquiline features." "...there stood a patriarch among oaks, one of the most magnificent trees that I have ever seen."

Longlist entry 13 - Shazleen Khan

ShazleenKhan_Comp2018Binding150dpi3 "I only caught a glimpse of her, but she was a lovely woman, with a face that a man might die for." In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an old briar pipe between his lips... ...My Client led me away at once, without our entering the house, to the scar on the lawn where the elm had stood.

Longlist entry 14 - Max Loeffler

ML_The_AaM_of_SH_Cover He saw his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against the blind. His name is Hugh Boone, and his hideous face is one which is familiar to every man who goes much to the City. 'Where was the sun?" 'Over the oak.'

Longlist entry 15 - Xinran Ma

Selected-Sherlock-Stories_Binding-72 A Scandal in Bohemia The Man with the Twisted Lip The Musgrave Ritual

Longlist entry 16 - Anna Millas

Cover-Final-150dpi Irene Adler, as I will still call her, had hurried up the steps; but she stood at the top with her superb figure outlined against the lights of the hall, looking back into the street. Right in front of the house, upon the left-hand side of the drive, there stood a patriarch among oaks, one of the most magnificent trees that I have ever seen. His name is Hugh Boone, and his hideous face is one which is familiar to every man who goes much to the City.

Longlist entry 17 - Jess Miriam

41 "I've heard that voice before," said Holmes, starring down the dimly lit street. "Now, I wonder who the deuce that could have been." Holmes stooped to the water-jug, moistened his sponge, and then rubbed it twice rigorously across and down the prisoner's face. My client led me away at once, without our entering the house, to the scar on the lawn where the elm had stood.

Longlist entry 18 - Agata Pankowska

cover-sherlock My friend tore it [a letter] open, and we all three read it together. (...) "What a woman - oh, what a woman!" cried the King of Bohemia, when we had all three read the epistle. "Now, Watson," said Holmes, as a tall dog-cart dashed up through the gloom, throwing out two golden tunels of yellow light from its inside lanterns."You'll come with me, won't you?" "(...)Of course, it must have been the old metal and pebbles which my client had dragged from the mere. She had thrown them in there at the first opportunity to remove the last trace of her crime."

Longlist entry 19 - Andrew Pinder

Cover “We were both in the photograph.” “Oh, dear! That is very bad! Your Majesty has indeed committed an indiscretion.” It was Neville St. Clair’s coat, and not Neville St. Clair, which lay uncovered as the tide receded. ... an old-fashioned brass key, a peg of wood with a ball of string attached to it, and three rusty old disks of metal.

Longlist entry 20 - Andy Potts

Sherlock_Binding_AP Scandal In Bohemia. 'She (Irene Adler) stood at the top with her superb figure outlined against the lights of the hall, looking back into the street.' The Man With The Twisted Lip - 'A shock of orange hair, a pale face disfigured by a horrible scar, which [...] has turned up the outer edge of his upper lip' The Musgrave Ritual - 'One winter's night, as we sat together by the fire...'

Longlist entry 21 - Christopher Shaw

cover-21 The furniture was scattered about in every direction, with dismantled shelves and open drawers….. Upper Swandam Lane is a vile alley lurking behind the high wharves….. …upon the left-hand side of the drive, there stood a patriarch among oaks….

Longlist entry 22 - Jelle Steenhuisen

The-Selected-Adventures-and-Memoires-of-Sherlock-Holmes “Is the poor gentleman much hurt?” she asked. “Good heavens! I thought it was Wednesday. It is Wednesday. What d’you want to frighten a chap for?” I stood dumb with astonishment, watching him from the darkness.

Longlist entry 23 - Tobias Willa

Binding15 She was there in an instant, and I caught a glimpse of it as she half drew it out. Through the gloom one could dimly catch a glimpse of bodies lying in strange fantastic poses. A black hole yawned beneath into which we all peered.

Longlist entry 24 - Harry Woodgate

Sherlock-Binding-Design-Harry-Woodgate In an instant the lady, who had stepped from her carriage, was the centre of a little knot of flushed and struggling men. Through the gloom one could dimly catch a glimpse of bodies lying in strange fantastic poses, bowed shoulders, bent knees, heads thrown back. From one of these I picked a battle-axe, and then […] I crept on tiptoe down the passage and peeped in at the open door.

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By voting for The People’s Choice Award you are entering a competition to win books of your choice worth £50 from The Folio Society, plus two tickets to House of Illustration. A single winner will be selected at random from all the public votes. Our decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to that decision. No cash equivalent is available in whole or part. A valid email address must be part of each entry.  The winner will be notified by the email on the entry, within 15 days of the closing date. If we do not receive a response from the winner within 28 days the prize will be awarded to another voter.

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