The Folio Society and House of Illustration announce The Book Illustration Competition 2020 winner!

The Folio Society and House of Illustration have announced Mikki Lee as the winner of the tenth annual Book Illustration Competition – a unique partnership between The Folio Society and House of Illustration.

Lee will receive a prestigious commission worth £5000 to illustrate a new collection of Love Poems, selected and edited by Imtiaz Dharker which will be published by The Folio Society in 2021.

Lee’s winning entry was selected from over 470 entries received from 51 countries. Mikki Lee is a Korean American illustrator from South Pasadena, California and currently a student at the Art Center College of Design.

The shortlisted artists, who each receive £500, are Leonie Woods (UK), Jurgita Vasiliauskaite (UK, student), Albert Victoria Fernández (Spain), Greg McIndoe (UK, student) and Georgina Smart (UK, student).


Illustration © Mikki Lee 2020 from The Folio Society and House of Illustration Book Illustration Competition for a collection of Love Poems selected and edited by Imtiaz Dharker


Folio Society Art Director, Sheri Gee commented:

‘This year’s judging was a really special event – being treated to a reading of each poem before we began and one by the poet, Imtiaz Dharker, herself. Narrowing down the longlist wasn’t an easy task, weighing up skill over passion and putting such different approaches against each other. In final deliberations, we had one clear winner – who managed to convey real passion in their entry. I think we’re all looking forward to seeing how they’ll complete the commission.’


Illustration © Mikki Lee 2020 from The Folio Society and House of Illustration Book Illustration Competition for a collection of Love Poems selected and edited by Imtiaz Dharker


Colin McKenzie, Director of House of illustration, also revealed the recipient of the People’s Choice Award, voted for by members of the public online.

The winner – Amita Sevellaraja (UK, Student) – will receive books worth £100 from The Folio Society and membership to House of Illustration.


Love Poems, selected and introduced by Imtiaz Dharker and illustrated by Mikki Lee, will be available from The Folio Society (www.foliosociety.com) in January 2021.

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