In Their 75Th Anniversary Year, The Folio Society Celebrates Illustrators And Launches The Folio Book Illustration Award 2022

Celebrating The Best In Illustration

Announcing the first in an exciting suite of 75th birthday celebrations, The Folio Society, London publisher of award-winning and beautifully produced illustrated hardback books, available worldwide, announces that entries are open for the launch of the international Folio Book Illustration Award (Folio BIA).…

This new, free-to-enter competition aims to find new illustration talent from around the world for narrative fiction, a genre that The Folio Society publishes to great acclaim. An annual international competition, it is open to illustrators, student or professional, who have not previously been commissioned by The Folio Society. Entrants will illustrate a single scene of their choice from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death.

Selected from a shortlist of 6, the winning entrant will receive a £2,000 cash prize plus a £500 Folio Gift Voucher with the remaining 5 shortlisted artists each receiving a £500 Folio Gift Voucher. The expert judging panel is: Yuko Shimizu, award-winning New York-based illustrator and instructor; Tom Walker, The Folio Society Publishing Director; Sheri Gee, The Folio Society Art Director and Raquel Leis Allion, The Folio Society Art Director. The winner and 5 shortlisted runners-up will be offered the opportunity of a portfolio review with the Folio Society Art Directors.

Commenting on the launch, Joanna Reynolds, CEO The Folio Society says, ‘The Folio Society has proudly published beautifully illustrated books and produced editions of the best of contemporary and classic narrative fiction for 75 years. What better way to recognise this, our 75th birthday and the fabulous contribution of illustrators everywhere, than through an accessible and international competition.’

Tom Walker, Publishing Director, The Folio Society says: ‘Taking this classic American writer, and inviting visual interpretations of his evocative and timeless short story, we hope to discover amazing talent from a diverse and distinctly 21st century array of illustrators. We hope that artists from all over the world will bring their unique depiction of Poe’s chilling tale to contemporary and future generations. I am confident it will be the start of many new, great careers.’

Sheri Gee, Art Director, The Folio Society adds, ‘At Folio, we’re always on the lookout for fresh talent suitable for our books and I’m itching to see the creative responses evoked by this spine-chilling story. The concept – to illustrate one short story, for the joy of seeing a multitude of responses rather than for publication – is going to prove invaluable for us in pursuit of great illustration for commissions to come.’

There is no fee to enter the Folio BIA. The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe is available to download free of charge.

The Award opens 4 May 2022 and closes 30 June 2022. A longlist of 20 entries, chosen by the judges, will be exhibited on The Folio Society website from 18 July 2022 with the 6 shortlisted entries, one of whom will be the winner, announced online on 16 August 2022.

 

Illustrators can visit www.foliosociety.com/FolioBIA to find all the necessary details to enter this exciting competition.

ABOUT THE FOLIO SOCIETY

The Folio Society, based in London, publishes beautifully produced books – available worldwide exclusively at foliosociety.com. Proudly independent for its 75 year history, in 2021, under the leadership of its CEO, Joanna Reynolds, The Folio Society was sold to its employees and is now an Employee Owned Trust. The accessible, diverse and inclusive values of The Folio Society are reflected in its new ownership that is committed to a progressive sharing of power and profit in publishing.

The Folio Society publishes some of the best names in publishing past and present, across the globe in beautiful, high specification, collector editions. Notable publications include Frank Herbert’s Dune, Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Andrew Chaikin’s A Man on the Moon and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple among many other contemporary and classic titles including a publishing partnership with Marvel delivering the world-recognised, iconic brand’s luxury editions.

Find out more about The Folio Society at www.foliosociety.com

 

ABOUT THE FOLIO BOOK ILLUSTRATION AWARD

 

The Folio Book Illustration Award 2022 aims to encourage and discover new and diverse talent from artists not previously commissioned by Folio and is open to artists from across the globe.
Key information

•No entry fee

• First Prize: £2,000 cash, £500 of Folio vouchers plus portfolio review

• 5 × £500 of Folio vouchers for shortlisted artists plus portfolio review

• Entries only accepted via link provided

Key dates

• Competition opens 4 May 2022

• Competition closes 22 June 2022

• Longlist announced 27 July 2022

• Winner announced 8 September 2022

 

ABOUT THE FOLIO SOCIETY 75TH ANNIVERSARY

The Folio Society will celebrate its birthday through a number of events scheduled from May and throughout 2022:

The launch of the Folio Book Illustration Award
The publication of the Reader’s Choice title in October
A 75th anniversary edition of the Folio magazine for the Folio community
The launch of Folio’s complete bibliography, Folio 75
Competition to win a Folio Library
Celebratory events online and in-person in London and New York

 

FOLIO BOOK ILLUSTRATION AWARD – JUDGES’ BIOGRAPHIES

YUKO SHIMIZU

Yuko Shimizu is a multi-award-winning Japanese illustrator based in New York City who is an instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has almost 20 years’ illustration experience, including Japanese Tales for The Folio Society in 2018.

Yuko is a two-time Hugo Award nominee (2019, 2020). She has also won more than 15 medals from the Society of Illustrators since 2004 and was recently awarded the Caldecott Honor (2021), one of the highest awards for picture books, for her work on the children’s book The Cat Man of Aleppo (Penguin, 2020). Yuko was also chosen as one of the ‘100 Japanese People the World Respects’ by Newsweek Japan in 2009.

 

 SHERI GEE

Sheri Gee is an award-winning Art Director with 25 years’ experience in book publishing and design. Shortly after graduating with a degree in Illustration, Sheri became Production Assistant at The Folio Society. She went on to learn about all aspects of fine book production and was made Art Director in 2010. Many of her commissions and art directed projects for Folio have won awards in renowned illustration and design competitions.

Sheri is passionate about good drawing skills, which underpin everything that is excellent in illustration.

RAQUEL LEIS ALLION

Raquel Leis Allion is an award-winning Art Director and book designer. After receiving a BA HONS in graphic arts and illustration from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, Raquel worked both in-house and freelance for Cartoon Network, Scholastic, Headline, Little, Brown and Company, Orion Publishing Group, and Penguin Random House before joining The Folio Society.

Outside of work, Raquel volunteers by helping people aged 65 to 95 with craft projects, some of which have been displayed at the British Museum. She also creates linocuts, one of which was commissioned by Little, Brown and Company for a book cover.

TOM WALKER

Tom Walker has been Publishing Director at The Folio Society for seven years, working to transform an incredible heritage publisher into a joyful and desirable destination for book lovers around the world. Tom leads Folio’s publishing strategy and programme, curating a beautiful list of books and directing Folio’s world class editorial, art and production teams.

Tom loves books of all sorts, design, illustration, realising the creative potential in people and projects, and all forms of storytelling.

JOANNA REYNOLDS

Joanna has been CEO of The Folio Society for five years. She works with a very talented team that has transformed Folio into a modern and exciting publishing house whilst maintaining quality in everything Folio does. After graduating in English from Hull University, Joanna worked in publishing for most of her career – at Which?, Reader’s Digest and Time Warner, although she began her career at Procter and Gamble.

Joanna is currently Non-Executive Chair of Inpress and the Poetry Book Society.

 

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