Folio Society 2019 illustration competition longlist announced

News - Books Monday, 04 February 2019

Winner receives £5,000 commission to illustrate Diana Wynne Jones novel

The Folio Society and House of Illustration have announced the longlist for their annual Book Illustration competition. There were more than 500 entries, from 47 countries.

The winner will receive a £5,000 commission from the Folio Society to illustrate its new edition of Diana Wynne Jones's Howl's Moving Castle. Five other shortlisted entrants will each receive £500.

The judges were Sheri Gee, art director at the Folio Society, and Colin McKenzie, director of House of Illustration. To decide the shortlist and winner, they will be joined by agent Laura Cecil, the Folio Society's Sophie Lewis, House of Illustrator curator Olivia Ahmad, and 2018 winner of the competition Max Loffler.

There is also a People's Choice award, with voting at

The awards will be announced at the House of illustration on 26 February.

The longlist: Ehsan Abarghouei (Tehran, Iran), Emily Altman (Edinburgh, UK), Julia Bernhard (Mainz, Germany), Cathy Brett (Leatherhead, UK), Janelle Carbajal (California, USA), Lulu Chen (Taitung City, Taiwan), Katerina Cupova (Dobratice, Czech Republic), Iona Darroch (Worcester, UK), Alejo and Vivian de los Rios (Marietta, GA, USA), Kring Demetrio (Cebu City, Philippines), Rebecca Dennis (Boughton Under-Blean, UK), Marina Evlanova (Moscow, Russia), Jorge Garcia (London, UK), Marie-Alice Harel (Edinburgh, UK), Sija Hong (Brooklyn, USA), Dean Lewis (Newport, UK), Yijing Li (UK), Joseph Lillington (Bristol, UK), Erika Meza (Nottingham, UK), Alex Moore (London, UK), Junli Song (Oak Park, Illinois, USA), Anna Wojtcz (Gniezno, Poland), Harry Woodgate (St Albans, UK), Tania Yakunova (Kiev, Ukraine), Vikki Zhang (New York, USA).

Illustration: competition entry by Kring Demetrio

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