BIC 2019

This year's competition is now closed for entries.

Which entry to the 2019 Book Illustration Competition has captured your imagination? Vote for your favourite illustrations in our People’s Choice Award, here

We asked you to create three illustrations and a binding design for Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones, and recieved a record number of applications. The longlist will be announced on Friday 1 February 2019.

The competition was open to illustrators over the age of 18 from anywhere in the world, both student and professional, who have not been previously published by The Folio Society. The winner will receive a career-changing commission and will be paid £5,000 to complete a total of nine illustrations and a binding design for the book, which will be published by The Folio Society in autumn 2019. Five shortlisted entries will each receive £500. The winner of our People's Choice award will receive books worth £100 from The Folio Society and a year’s membership to House of Illustration.


Howl’s Moving Castle is a best-selling fantasy novel by Diana Wynne Jones. It tells the story of Sophie Hatter who lives in Ingary, a land of seven-league boots, fire demons, witches, wizards and their apprentices, and just a few alternative worlds. When Sophie sets out to make her fortune, she unknowingly displeases the Witch of the Waste who turns her into an old crone. Her only hope of breaking the spell lies in Wizard Howl and his erratic moving castle…

Key dates

Tuesday 8 January 2019: competition closed

Friday 1 February 2019: longlist announced and voting opens for The People’s Choice Award

Tuesday 26 February 2019: winner, shortlist and The People’s Choice Award winner announced at an Awards Night at House of Illustration


Laura Cecil, literary agent for Diana Wynne Jones, joins our judging panel for the 2019 Book Illustration Competition. Laura’s life long interest in illustration started when her father showed her books by Rackham and Caldicott as a child. In the 1970s she started her own literary agency, the first to specialise in children’s books, in particular picture books. Laura said: 'I am very much looking forward to seeing the variety of approaches to one of my favourite books.'

She will be joining five other judges on the panel: Sheri Gee, Folio Society Art Director; Colin McKenzie, Director of House of Illustration; Sophie Lewis, Folio Society Editor; Olivia Ahmad, House of Illustration Curator and 2018 competition winner Max Löffler.

Key links

BIC 2018: winners gallery

BIC 2011 - 2017: winners gallery


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