An outsider’s chance

The Folio Society and House of Illustration have launched a competition to find an illustrator to create covers for Albert Camus’ iconic novel The Outsider.

The winner will receive a £4 000 Folio commission to create seven illustrations for the book, which is due for publication in autumn 2011.

Kafka's Metamorphosis, published by The Folio Society
Kafka’s Metamorphosis, published by The Folio Society

Five runners up will receive £500 cash, and three of the six prizes will be awarded to students.

Speaking about the competition, House of Illustration project director Flora Craig says, ‘We hope to encourage and help launch the careers of the best new illustration talent.’

Judging whether the designs measure up to Camus’ classic will be Quentin Blake, actor and writer Simon Callow and illustrator Laura Carlin.

Dracula by Bram Stoker, published by The Folio Society
Dracula by Bram Stoker, published by The Folio Society

Entrants need to supply three illustrations and a binding design. The deadline is not until 10 January 2011 so there’s plenty of time to get sketching. If you fancy your chances, more information can be found at http://competitions.houseofillustration.org.uk/folio2010/

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