Imaginations run wild for The Ickabog illustration competition

Children across the world have been letting their imaginations run wild in illustrating characters and scenes featured in the first instalments of The Ickabog online.

Since the first chapters were posted at 3.00pm BST on the 26th May, and J.K. Rowling set the themes for young people to illustrate, thousands of children across the world have put pen or paintbrush to paper to bring the leading characters to life.

J.K. Rowling has been sharing and commenting publicly on her favourites from those posted on twitter using the hashtag #TheIckabog, bringing surprise and delight to children all over the world with her individualised comments admiring their work.

Meanwhile, Scholastic Books have already received hundreds of entries from the USA and Canada to the official Ickabog Illustration Competition, the prize for which is to be featured in The Ickabog book to be published later in the year.  Hachette Children’s books, which opens its official competition for entries tomorrow, Friday 29th May, expects a similarly enthusiastic response from children in the UK, Republic of Ireland, India, Australia and New Zealand.  It seems we have a lot of talented young artists out there!

Remember, 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.  However she is currently sharing illustrations from a very wide age range on twitter using the hashtag #TheIckabog, so we’d encourage you to share your child’s illustration that way (or you can share it yourself if you’re over 13), for a chance of being seen! You can also tag the official Ickabog channels on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to have yours or your children’s artwork featured there.

As is usual with art contests, entrants to the official competitions will be asked to give the publishers running the competitions  their permission/rights to use their artwork so we can showcase it on the official social media channels 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 people affected by the coronavirus, so it’s all for a good cause.

 Artwork by Justin, aged 11