We know you’ve got lots of questions, so here are some answers to satisfy your curiosity!
1. Where and when can I read the story?
The Ickabog will be published by the UK, US, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian, Chinese and Russian publishers on 10th November 2020 and the French publisher on 12th November 2020. Local editions will also be published in other countries and languages around the world from November 2020. Each local edition of the book will include illustrations by the winners of the competition in that territory. You can no longer read the English chapters online. French, Italian, German, Spanish and Brazilian chapters are available until 12th August 2020, and Chinese and Russian chapters are available until 25th August. Find out how here.
2. How do I read the story?
You can no longer read the English chapters online. French, Italian, German, Spanish and Brazilian chapters are available until 12th August 2020, and Chinese and Russian chapters are available until 25th August, find out more here.
3. Do I have to pay to read the story?
The English chapters are no available to read online. The English book will be available to buy from November 10th 2020. French, Italian, German, Spanish and Brazilian chapters are available to read until 12th August 2020, and Chinese and Russian chapters are available to read until 25th August. Find out more here.
4. What age is the story suitable for?
The story is primarily aimed at nine to eleven year olds. It’s a story best read aloud, so if you have someone to read it to you, even better!
5. Will there be pictures to go with the book?
J.K. Rowling asked young readers between seven and twelve years old to illustrate the story for her. Illustrations could then be entered into The Ickabog Illustration Competition run by the local publisher. The winning entries will be printed in the book.
6. What is The Ickabog Illustration Competition?
It’s the official competition being run by J.K. Rowling’s publishers, to find illustrations for the book of The Ickabog when it’s published. The competition is now closed in the UK and US.
7. How can I enter The Ickabog Illustration Competition?
Each publisher that will be publishing The Ickabog will be running their own competition in their country or countries for children to draw pictures that will then be included in their edition of The Ickabog. The UK and US competitions are now closed. More details here.
You can only enter by going to the publisher’s website – you cannot enter on this website. Click here to see if there is a competition running in your country. The UK and US competitions are now closed.
8. When will the Ickabog Illustration Competition open in my country?
All The Ickabog Illustration Competitions are run by publishers across the world, please click here to check whether there is one in your country, and where to enter. The UK and US competitions are now closed.
9. Is there a prize?
There will be a prize for each winner of The Ickabog Illustration Competition – please see details on the publishers’ competition websites. But the biggest prize will be that your picture will feature in a book that thousands of people will see!
10. Can I email my picture in for the competition? What is the deadline for the competition?
For more details on how to enter and to see if there is a competition in your country please click here.
11. How old do I have to be to enter the competition?
The age range for the official competition is seven to twelve years old, because that is the reading age that the story is aimed at, and J.K. Rowling wanted those readers to be the ones to illustrate her book.
12. How many times can I enter the competition?
Your parent or guardian can enter one illustration per child in each household for each daily theme throughout The Ickabog Illustration Competition. For more details on the entry criteria for your country, please see your local publisher’s competition page, details of which can be found here.
13. Who will be judging the competition?
Each publisher will be judging the entries to their own competitions.
14. Why do I have to give permission to the publisher to use the artwork entered into the competition?
Why do I have to ‘assign’ my child’s rights to if my child’s artwork is selected as one of the winners of the competition and what does this mean?
Entrants to the official competitions will be asked to give the publisher running the competition their permission/rights to use the artwork on social media and on the Ickabog website gallery, and, if they win, to use the artwork in the finished book and the promotion around it. This is an exciting part of the prize, and J.K. Rowling’s royalties from the book will be donated to projects and causes which support people affected by the coronavirus, so it’s all for a good cause.
15. How can I share my pictures?
You – or your parent or guardian if you are under thirteen – can share your pictures on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #TheIckabog. By using this hashtag, you agree to the social media and gallery terms and agree that we can share your pictures on our social channels and in the Illustration Gallery on this website.
Please remember that posting on social media doesn’t count as an entry to The Ickabog Illustration Competition.
16. If my picture is shared on social media will I win a prize?
No, you will only win a prize if you are a winner of The Ickabog Illustration Competition. We’d also love to feature your pictures on the official Ickabog social channels though, so please do share them with us, but don’t forget that sharing your picture on social media doesn’t count as an entry to the competition. If you are under thirteen you will need to ask your parent or guardian to share your picture for you on social media. Our Social Media and Gallery Terms can be found here.
17. If my picture is featured on theickabog.com will I win a prize?
No, the Illustration Gallery is just a way for us to showcase some of your brilliant work. The judges of each publisher’s illustration competition will independently decide the winners of the pictures to be published in their editions of the book.
18. When will a book version of The Ickabog be published?
The Ickabog will be published in print, audio and eBook by the UK and US publishers on 10th November 2020. Local editions will also be published in other countries and languages around the world from November 2020. Each local edition of the book will include illustrations by the winners of the competition in that territory.
19. Will the book be available as an eBook and audiobook?
There will be an eBook and audiobook version published at the same time as the print edition.
20. J.K. Rowling says that she will be pledging her royalties to charitable causes. Which ones? Will proceeds go to the NHS?
J.K. Rowling donating her royalties to her charitable trust, The Volant Trust to assist vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK and internationally.
J.K. Rowling will be donating her net royalties to The Volant Charitable Trust, expected to be equivalent to a minimum of £1.88 for each hardcover and eBook and £2.00 for each audiobook copy of The Ickabog sold in the UK.
The Volant Charitable Trust is a registered charity in Scotland with charity number SC030790.
21. Is this a Harry Potter or Wizarding World story? Is there any magic or wizards? Is it the first in a series?
The Ickabog is not a Harry Potter story, nor is it set in the wizarding world. It is a completely separate story by J.K. Rowling, a fairy tale, set in an imaginary country called Cornucopia. You can read the story on this website. It is a one-off and not part of a series.
22. Will the book be translated into other languages?
Yes, the book will be translated into French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Chinese. Details of other languages will be announced soon.
23. Will there be a movie adaptation? Will there be a stage play?
At the moment there are no plans to make a movie or stage adaptation of The Ickabog.