The Book Illustration Competition 2016

About the Book
For The Book Illustration Competition 2016, participants will be set the challenging task of illustrating a new edition of the popular modern classic War Horse by Michael Morpurgo..

The Book Illustration Competition 2016
First published in Great Britain by Kaye & Ward in 1982, War Horse tells the story of Joey, a young farm horse sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front.
A runner-up for the Whitbread Award in 1982, it has become a worldwide favourite, adapted into an award- winning West End play in 2007 and an acclaimed film by Steven SPIELBERG in 2011.


1. Read the Book
To enter the competition you will need read War Horse by Michael Morpurgo and illustrate three different scenes and a binding design, then submit them via the competition website by 9am GMT on 18 January 2016.  Late entries will not be considered.

2. You must submit three illustrations, each of a different scene from the book.
Your illustrations must be PORTRAIT, not landscape. Please read the document below very carefully before starting work. Your entry should be finished artwork.

The Illustrations

3. Design a binding
Entrants should also design and submit a binding to accompany the three illustrations. The binding design should be inspired by the book’s overall tone and themes or by an appropriate scene from the book. Please read the two documents below about Folio bindings very carefully before beginning work on it and ensure your design fits the size of the layout supplied.

The Binding

Binding Layout for War Horse

4. Register online
We will only accept entries via the online form. You will need to register, after which we will send you a confirmation email with your login details. Please check your spam folder for this email if it doesn’t arrive immediately. The online form will enable you to edit your contact details and also the captions for your uploaded images.

Click here to register.

5. Save and upload your images and captions
Please retain a separate high-resolution copy of your entire entry to the specifications detailed in the ‘The Illustrations’ guide above. These are the files that will be used if your entry is selected as the winner.

For upload to this site, illustrations should be saved as 150–155 dpi, RGB, JPEGs (jpeg setting 8) as detailed in the ‘The Illustrations’ guide above. Your binding and your illustrations of the three scenes must be submitted in the same entry. Work may be disqualified if these specifications are not met in full. Only online submissions will be considered.


6. Read and accept the Terms and Conditions
All entrants must be over 18 and not previously published by The Folio Society. By submitting entries to the competition, you are confirming that you have read, understood and agree to the Terms and Conditions.

7. Pay your entry fee
Once you have completed the submission form and accepted the Terms and Conditions, you will be taken through to the Paypal page to pay for your entry. If you do not already have a Paypal account, you will need to set one up first. The competition entry fee is £25, or £15 for students – you must be able to provide evidence of student status.

8. Confirmation
We will send you a confirmation email once payment has been received and your application has been successfully submitted.

9. Deadline
The final deadline for entries to the competition is 9 am GMT on 18 January 2016.  We recommend completing your entry earlier if possible, to avoid running into any last-minute issues and because heavy traffic can slow down the site. We will not be able to accept late entries.
Back to this year's competition website
(Source & Website: Competition House of Illustration)