Winners of the Ickabog Illustration Competition Revealed!

We are thrilled to reveal the 34 winning pieces of artwork for each of the UK and US Ickabog Illustration Competitions and congratulate all those who won and entered.

In the US the winning illustrations were selected from over 42,000 entries submitted in the US and Canada, with winners of the UK competition being selected from over 18,000 entries, across the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, and Ireland.

The competition ran alongside the free online serialisation of J.K. Rowling’s fairy tale, The Ickabog.  This summer, the author shared the personal family favourite, which she wrote over ten years ago as a bedtime story for her younger children, to help entertain children, parents and carers confined at home during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Keen for children to be involved as the story unfolded, J.K. Rowling invited them to illustrate her story, and be inspired by a host of colourful characters and a fast-paced plot as it appeared online.

The 34 winners will each be awarded a copy of the published book containing their artwork, signed by J.K. Rowling and receive £500/$650 worth of Hachette/Scholastic children’s books for a school or public library of their choice.

The winners of the competition, ranging in from 7 to 12 years old, drew, painted and created these beautiful illustrations which you can view here.

We were blown away by the incredible talent across all of the competition entries and will continue to share some of our favourites on the Ickabog social channels.