BIC 2019

This year's competition is now open!

This year we are asking you to submit three illustrations and a binding design for Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. 

The competition is 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 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…

Where to read the book

Howl’s Moving Castle is available as a paperback and e-book.

Key dates

Tuesday 8 January 2019: competition closes at 9am GMT

Thursday 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

Key links

BIC 2019: how to enter

BIC 2018: winners gallery

BIC 2011 - 2017: winners gallery