War Horse illustrators sought for Folio competition

War Horse illustrators sought for Folio competition

The Folio Society and House of Illustration are looking for artists to illustrate a Folio edition of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse via the 2016 Book Illustration Competition.

To enter the competition, illustrators need to submit three illustrations and one book binding for the children’s story by 18th January 2016. The illustrations must be for parts of the story throughout the book, not just the first and last chapter, and cost of entry is £25, or £15 for students.

The submissions page will go live on the 1st September and will be hosted on the House of Illustration website.

Morpurgo, who will help pick the winner, said he was “delighted” that The Folio Society and the House of Illustration chose War Horse for the competition, whilst another judge, Folio Society art director Sheri Gee, said War Horse will be a “particular” challenge because of the equestrian element.

The longlisted entries will be displayed at the House of Illustration in London 29th January – 6th March next year and the winner, who will illustrate Folio’s Christmas 2016 edition of War Horse and receive a check for £5,000, will be announced in February. Five runners-up will each receive £500.

Also judging will be Johanna Geary (editor at Folio), Joe Whitlock Blundell (limited edition director at Folio), Colin McKenzie (director of the House of Illustration) and David McConochie (winner of this year’s competition).

Folio and the House of Illustration launched the competition in 2011, when Matthew Richardson won for his work on Albert Camus’ The Outsider.