1. Read the book
The chosen book for this year’s competition is Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. More information about the book can be found here. You may read any edition of the work. To enter the competition you will need to submit three illustrations and a binding design.
2. Select and illustrate three scenes, one from each selected story
Each entrant should illustrate three scenes from The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, one from each of the three stories we have selected. The selected stories are The Bloody Chamber, Puss-in-Boots and The Company of Wolves. Only illustrations from these stories will be considered. Your illustrations should be portrait, not landscape. Please read the document below before starting work.
3. Design a binding
Entrants should also design and submit a binding to accompany the three illustrations. The binding design can be from any of the stories or inspired by the overall tone and themes of the book. Please read the two documents below about Folio bindings before beginning work on it. The binding does not need to be finished artwork (although the three illustrations do).
4. Register online
We will only accept entries via the online form. You will need to register, after which we will send you a confirmation email with your login details to enable you to return to your entries until the final deadline. Please check your spam folder for this email if it doesn’t arrive immediately. The online form will enable you to edit your contact details and also the captions for your uploaded images.
5. Save and upload your images and captions
Please retain a separate high resolution copy of your entry, to the specifications detailed in the “The Illustrations” guide (300 dpi, CMYK, TIFF files); this is the copy which will be used if your entry is selected as a winner.
For upload to this site, illustrations should be saved as 150 dpi, RGB, JPEGs as detailed in the “The Illustrations” guide above. Your binding and your illustrations of the three scenes must be submitted in the same entry. Work may be disqualified if these specifications are not met in full. Only online applications will be considered.
6. Read and accept the Terms and Conditions
By submitting entries to the competition, you are confirming that you have read, understood and agree to the Terms and Conditions.
7. Pay your entry fee
Once you have accepted the Terms and Conditions, you will be taken through to the Paypal page to pay for your entry. If you do not already have an account with Paypal, you will need to set one up first.
We will send you a confirmation email once payment has been received and your application has been successfully submitted.