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Folio Book Illustration Award 2023

The Folio Book Illustration Award offers the opportunity for aspiring and established illustrators to provide one piece of artwork in response to Ursula K. Le Guin’s short story, The Fliers of Gy.

For the Folio Book Illustration Award 2023, the judges will be looking for atmosphere and strong characterisation in the entries along with an ability to read and reflect the text. The final piece should illustrate a scene from the story, The Fliers of Gy, rather than be solely a portrait of a character.

Free to enter for artists worldwide, the winner will receive a prize of £2,000 and a portfolio review.

Illustration is at the heart of everything Folio does. As well as commissioning renowned illustrators and artists, Folio also nurtures new talent and champions artists who work across a diverse range of media, from oil painting and wood engraving to collage and digital illustration.

To make the competition accessible to as many artists as possible there is no entry fee. There will be an initial longlist selection of 20 entries announced in May, with the judging panel announcing the winning artist and the five runners-up in June.

The winner will receive a prize of £2,000 cash plus £500 worth of Folio vouchers, and each of the runners-up will receive £500 worth of Folio vouchers. The winning artist and runners-up will also receive a portfolio review by the Folio art directors.

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 who has not previously been commissioned by The Folio Society.