Folio Book Illustration Award 2023

Courtesy of the Folio Society

Evangeline Gallagher's winning 2022 illustration of Poe's short story The Masque of the Red Death. 

Launched last year to mark The Folio Society’s 75th anniversary, the competition showcases illustration talent from around the world as it nurtures new talent and champions artists working across a diverse range of media.

The Folio Book Illustration Award invites aspiring and established illustrators to provide one piece of artwork in response to The Fliers of Gy by Ursula K Le Guin, illustrating a scene from the story rather than concentrating on an individual character portrait.

The judges say will be looking for "atmosphere and strong characterisation … along with an ability to read and reflect the text."

Raquel Leis Allion, Art Director, added: "Last year I had the pleasure of looking through nearly 700 entries for our FBIA competition. There was an astounding amount of talent. This year I am looking forward to seeing how artists and illustrators approach the new text, and discovering even more talent."

Tom Walker, Publishing Director, said: "Folio has been nurturing illustration for 75 years, and we were delighted to inaugurate the Folio Book Illustration Award in 2022 to continue this tradition. The standard of entries was superb, and I can’t wait to see what 2023 has in store."

The Folio Book Illustration Award 2022 winner and 2023 judge, Evangeline Gallagher, a freelance illustrator absed in Baltimore, said "I am beyond thrilled to be asked to help judge this year's competition. Winning the FBIA last year was such an honor and I'm so excited to take a look at some exciting work from this year's group of talented illustrators."

Over 680 illustrators from 56 countries entered the inaugural competition, which asked entrants to illustrate a single scene of their choice from Edgar Allan Poe’s short story The Masque of the Red Death.

There is no entry fee and the competition is open to anyone over 18 who has not previously been commissioned by The Folio Society. Submissions close April 29. An initial longlist of 20 entries will be announced in May, and the winning artist and  five runners-up will be named in June. 

Details of how to enter are here.