FAQs

Find answers to all your frequently asked questions here.

ENTRY DETAILS

How do I enter the competition?

Please follow the instructions on how to enter and download the Illustration Instructions for specific details on how to prepare your illustrations.

Is there an entry fee?

Yes. The standard entry fee is £25. There is a reduced fee of £15 for students. If you are a student, you will be asked to provide the name of your school or college.

How do I pay the entry fee?

Please pay the appropriate fee on our payment page. Make a note of your order number as proof of payment for your application form.

When is the closing date?

The closing date is 9am GMT on Friday 17 January 2020. Late entries will not be accepted.

Can I change one of my images after I have submitted my entry?

No. Once you have submitted your entry, no changes can be made.

Are multiple entries per illustrator allowed?

No. Only one entry per person is allowed.

Are entries from outside the UK allowed?

Yes. We welcome entries from  anywhere in the world.

Should my illustrations be portrait or landscape?

Your illustrations must be portrait. Please refer to the Illustration Instructions for more information.

Should my illustrations be in colour or in black and white?

Your illustrations must be in colour. Please refer to the Illustration Instructions for more information.

What medium should I use for my illustrations?

Your illustrations can be in any medium that is suitable for reproduction. Please refer to the Illustration Instructions for more information.

What style should I use for my illustrations?

Your illustrations can be in any style, provided it is original. The judges are looking for your unique interpretation of the poems. Any work based on other adaptations will not be considered.

Why do I need to include poem titles?

The title tells us which poem is being illustrated and how well your illustration portrays it. It is a reference for the judges and later for the commissioning process.

How do I include the poem titles?

The three titles must be included on a separate page of your PDF, in the same order as your illustrations. They must not appear on the same page as the illustrations themselves.

Can I post my entry on to my own website/blog/social media?

Please do not post your entry to your own website/blog/social media pages until the longlist is announced on 14 February 2020, so our judges can judge the competition fairly and anonymously.

LONGLIST, SHORTLIST AND WINNERS

How many entries are longlisted?

25 entries are longlisted.

When will I find out who has been longlisted?

Entrants who have been longlisted will be notified on Friday 14 February 2020.

What happens if my entry is longlisted?

We will contact you to inform you that you have been longlisted and to invite you to attend the Awards Night on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at House of Illustration.

You will need to provide a photograph of yourself and high-resolution copies of your work so that your entry can be included in an online exhibition of entries. Members of the public will be invited to vote on their favourites from this online exhibition for the People’s Choice Award (see below).

How many entries are shortlisted?

5 entries are shortlisted.

When will I find out who has been shortlisted?

The shortlist will be announced at our Awards Night on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at House of Illustration.

What happens if my entry is shortlisted?

The shortlist will be announced at the Awards Night on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at House of Illustration. If you are shortlisted, you will receive a prize of £500.

When will I find out who has won?

The overall winner will be announced at our Awards Night on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at House of Illustration.

What happens if I win?

If you win, you will be commissioned to produce a further six full-page illustrations and a binding for the book which will be published by The Folio Society, for which you will be paid £5,000. You must agree to complete the commission within The Folio Society's deadline.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

When will I find out who has won the People’s Choice Award?

The People’s Choice Award winner will be announced at our Awards Night on Wednesday 18 March 2020 at House of Illustration.

What is the People’s Choice Award?

The People’s Choice Award allows members of the public to vote for their favourite entry from the longlist. The People’s Choice Award winner is NOT the overall Competition Winner. It is the overall Competition Winner whose work is commissioned for publication.

When is voting open for the People’s Choice Award?

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be open from Friday 14 February 2020 until midnight on Monday 16 March 2020.

THE BOOK

Where can I buy a copy of the book with the winning illustrations?

The book will be exclusively available from The Folio Society in February 2021.

CONTACT DETAILS

Before contacting us, please check if we've already answered your query above! Due to the extremely high volume of enquiries we receive, the quickest way for you to get an answer is to check these frequently asked questions.

Still got a question? Email us at competitions@houseofillustration.org.uk.