Deadline: 10 January 2012
Open to: anyone over 18 who is not a Folio Society published illustrator.
International Book Illustration Competition
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
We are delighted to be working with The Folio Society for a second time on The Book Illustration Competition. Following on from last year’s successful competition, the book to be illustrated this year is The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter. We hope this will provide a fascinating challenge to all illustrators.
Last year’s competition, Getting Inside The Outsider, was won by Matthew Richardson.
The winning entry will form part of a Folio Society commission for the book which will be published in August 2012, for which the winner will receive £4,000. Five runners up will each receive a cash prize of £500.
- This competition is open to anyone over 18 who is not a Folio Society published illustrator.
- Entrants should register their details and enter online.
- The entry fee, which includes VAT, will be £25 (£15 for students), payable online. Once registered for entry, no refunds of entry fees, part or whole, will be offered.
- Only one entry per person will be accepted.
- All judging is done anonymously. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The first prize will be a Folio Society commission.
- The winner will be asked to provide a total of seven illustrations for the final book, as well as a binding design, and must agree to complete the commission within the given deadline (end of March 2012).
- The winner will be paid £4,000 for the commission. Five runners-up will each receive prizes of £500 cash. Three prizes of the six will be awarded to student entries.
- The winner, runners-up and shortlisted finalists must be prepared to lend some or all of their original artwork for display and will be required to allow reproduction of the artwork for use in web and printed publicity. Please see the terms and conditions.
- The judging will take place shortly after the deadline for entries. The winner and runners up will be announced publicly in July 2012, to enable the winner to work on the book and for it to be published.
- Deadline for entries: Tuesday 10th January 2012
Judging will take place: January 2012
Winner and runners-up announced: July 2012
HOW TO ENTER?
1. Read the book
The chosen book for this year’s competition is Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories. To enter the competition you will need to submit three illustrations and a binding design.
2. Select and illustrate three scenes, one from each selected story
Each entrant should illustrate three scenes from The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, one from each of the three stories we have selected. The selected stories are The Bloody Chamber, Puss-in-Boots and The Company of Wolves. Only illustrations from these stories will be considered. Your illustrations should be portrait, not landscape. Please read the document below before starting work (here http://competitions.houseofillustration.org.uk/folio-2011/files/2010/09/The-Illustrations1.pdf)
3. Design a binding
Entrants should also design and submit a binding to accompany the three illustrations. The binding design can be from any of the stories or inspired by the overall tone and themes of the book. Please read the two documents below about Folio bindings before beginning work on it. The binding does not need to be finished artwork (although the three illustrations do).
- The binding
- Binding layout for The Bloody Chamber
4. Register online
We will only accept entries via the online form on the website. You will need to register, after which we will send you a confirmation email with your login details to enable you to return to your entries until the final deadline. 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.
5. Save and upload your images and captions
Please retain a separate high resolution copy of your entry, to the specifications detailed in the “The Illustrations” guide (300 dpi, CMYK, TIFF files); this is the copy which will be used if your entry is selected as a winner.
For upload to the site, illustrations should be saved as 150 dpi, RGB, JPEGs 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 applications will be considered.
6. Read and accept the Terms and Conditions
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 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 an account with Paypal, you will need to set one up first.
We will send you a confirmation email once payment has been received and your application has been successfully submitted.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories by Angela Carter
The Bloody Chamber is an astonishing collection from a virtuoso writer. Angela Carter’s masterly reworking of ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’, a bawdy ‘Puss-in-Boots’ and a startling version of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ are all darkly sensual, subversive takes on traditional fairy stories, as shocking today as when the collection first appeared in 1979. These are Gothic tales, cruel tales, tales of wonder, tales of terror, fabulous narratives that deal directly with the imagery of the unconcious, with narratives suggested by traditional Western European fairy tales.
To her readers’ delight, Carter found she had conjured up an exotic new hybrid: ‘My intention was not to do “versions” or, as the American edition of the book said, horribly, “adult” fairy tales, but to extract the latent content from the traditional stories.’
‘One of the century’s greatest writers’ Sunday Times
‘Magnificent set pieces of fastidious sensuality’ Ian McEwan
Angela Barrett has illustrated over thirty books for children and adults. Winner of the W H Smith prize for The Hidden House and runner-up for Snow White, Angela has also taken part in numerous group shows and had a one-woman exhibition in London in 2000. As Joanna Carey wrote in the Guardian, ‘There is a stillness and a quiet atmospheric intensity to her illustrations which appeal across a wide range of understanding. She doesn’t simplify things – on the contrary, she both assumes and respects the intelligence of her readers – and her richly allusive work, full of detail and symbolism, invites and rewards as much time and investigation as you care to give it.’
Flora Craig has been the Project Director of the House of Illustration since 2007. A History of Art graduate from Edinburgh University, she has extensive experience of leading visual arts organisations and has worked at Modern Art Oxford, Camden Arts Centre and the Crafts Council.
Matthew Richardson’s illustration work has been widely used in book, newspaper and magazine publishing and design, television and advertising. He studied at Middlesex University and Central Saint Martins. Clients have included the V&A, Penguin, Adobe, Vodaphone, Decca, The British Council, BBC, NatWest, EMI, The New Yorker, Harpers and The Royal Parks.
Matthew has taught at art colleges across the country. He has won several prizes for his work, including Bronze, Silver and Gold from the Association of Illustrators and was the winner of the House of Illustration and Folio Society’s inaugural book illustration competition Getting Inside The Outsider earlier this year.
Catherine Taylor has been with the Folio Society since 2002 and has been Publisher since 2008. A graduate in English and Philosophy, her postgraduate studies in publishing and printing have led to a varied career encompassing the British Library, Microsoft and Amazon. Catherine is also a prolific literary critic and has written for The Guardian, Telegraph, Sunday Times and Independent on Sunday.
Marina Warner is author of numerous books, including the novels The Lost Father (l988, short-listed for the Booker), Indigo (l992), and The Leto Bundle (2000), and many short stories; her many award-winning studies of mythology and fairy-tales include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (l976), From the Beast to the Blonde (1994) and No Go the Bogeyman: Scaring, Lulling and Making Mock (1998). Recent studies include Fantastic Metamorphoses; Other Worlds (2002), and Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media (2006), a study of phantasms and modern technologies. Her new book Stranger Magic will be published by Chatto in November this
Joe Whitlock-Blundell has been Design and Production Director of The Folio Society for over twenty years, responsible for all aspects of the books’ appearance: typographic design, art direction, choice of materials and manufacturing quality. In this capacity he has seen well over 1000 different titles into print. He is also a photographer with a number of books and one-man exhibitions to his name.
You can register here: http://competitions.houseofillustration.org.uk/wp-signup.php
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