The Folio Society announces Sherlock Holmes as Book Illustration Competition 2018 subject

Illustration by Darya Shnykina, from The Folio Society edition of Mansfield Park © Darya Shnykina 2017

The Folio Society and House of Illustration have today announced ‘The Selected Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes’ by Arthur Conan Doyle as the subject for the Book Illustration Competition 2018.

The Book Illustration Competition (BIC) returns this September, giving illustrators (both student and professional) the opportunity to win an exclusive commission from The Folio Society to illustrate a selection of Sherlock Holmes short stories.  A partnership between The Folio Society and House of Illustration, this year’s BIC is now open for entries until 17 January 2018.

Now in its eighth year, BIC 2018 asks entrants to create an illustration for each of three short stories – A Scandal in Bohemia, The Man with the Twisted Lip and The Musgrave Ritual – and design a binding for the entire collection.

The longlist will be exhibited online throughout February 2018. The winner will be revealed at an exclusive ceremony at House of Illustration, receiving a prestigious commission from The Folio Society worth £5,000 to complete the illustrations for their edition. Five prizes of £500 each will be presented to the other shortlisted entries.

The selected long list will be available to view on the House of Illustration website from 1 February 2018 where members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite entry.

The annual international competition is open to illustrators over the age of 18, both student and professional, who have not been previously commissioned by The Folio Society. Illustrators can visit where they will find all the necessary details to enter.

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