The Folio Society launches the Folio Book Illustration Award (Folio BIA)!

Announcing the first in an exciting suite of 75th birthday celebrations, The Folio Society has announced that entries are now open for the launch of the international Folio Book Illustration Award (Folio BIA).

This new, free-to-enter competition aims to find new illustration talent from around the world for narrative fiction, a genre that The Folio Society publishes to great acclaim. An annual international competition, it is open to illustrators, student or professional, who have not previously been commissioned by The Folio Society.

Entrants will illustrate a single scene of their choice from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death.

Selected from a shortlist of 6, the winning entrant will receive a £2,000 cash prize plus a £500 Folio Gift Voucher with the remaining 5 shortlisted artists each receiving a £500 Folio Gift Voucher.

The expert judging panel is: Yuko Shimizu, award-winning New York-based illustrator and instructor; Tom Walker, The Folio Society Publishing Director; Sheri Gee, The Folio Society Art Director and Raquel Leis Allion, The Folio Society Art Director. The winner and 5 shortlisted runners-up will be offered the opportunity of a portfolio review with the Folio Society Art Directors.

There is no fee to enter the Folio Book Illustration Award (Folio BIA). The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe is available to download free of charge.

The Award opens 4 May 2022 and closes 30 June 2022. A longlist of 20 entries, chosen by the judges, will be exhibited on The Folio Society website from 18 July 2022 with the 6 shortlisted entries, one of whom will be the winner, announced online on 16 August 2022.

Illustrators can visit to find all the necessary details to enter this exciting competition.

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