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


The Book Illustration Competition is a unique partnership between House of Illustration and The Folio Society that seeks to identify and promote new talent in illustration.

Each year entrants are asked to submit three illustrations and a binding design for a book chosen by The Folio Society. The book to be illustrated this year is Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.

Each illustration must be for a different chapter, spread throughout the book. Do not illustrate the final chapter. Each illustration must be accompanied by a text caption with a maximum of 25 words. The caption should be taken directly from the text, and provide context for the illustration.

The judges are looking for your unique interpretation of the book. Your entry must be original. Any work based on other adaptations will not be considered.

Your illustrations can be in any medium suitable for printing reproduction, in colour or black and white. All entries must be appropriate for a trimmed page size of 246mm x 185mm. If your design bleeds off the page please work to the following dimensions: 252mm x 191mm (which includes 3mm bleed).

Entry fee is 25 GBP (approx. 33 USD), or 15 GBP (approx. 20 USD) for students.


Open worldwide to illustrators over the age of 18, both student and professional, who have not been previously published by The Folio Society.


The winner receives a highly sought-after commission, worth 5,000 GBP (approx. 6,528 USD), to complete a total of nine illustrations and a binding design for the book, which is then published by The Folio SocietyFive runners each receive 500 GBP (approx. 652 USD) cash.

The shortlist and the overall winner will be announced at the Awards Night on February 20, 2019at House of Illustration.




Total Prize: €5,000