Enter for the chance to have your child’s artwork published in the new book by J.K. Rowling!

How To Enter

1. Read J.K. Rowling's The Ickabog with your child at www.theickabog.com.    


2. Check out the illustration themes each weekday when a new installment of the story is posted.         


3. Review the Guidelines below and the Official Rules.    



4. Encourage your child (aged 7-12) to create a hand-drawn or hand-painted illustration based on one of the illustration themes, using a single sheet of standard letter-sized (8-1/2" x 11") unlined paper, in portrait/vertical orientation.


5. Scan/photograph your child's artwork and use the official entry form below to submit your entry before 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, July 17, 2020.


Artwork will be reviewed by a panel of judges at Scholastic, who will select 34 winning illustrations based on the following equally weighted criteria:

  • Imagination
  • Creativity
  • Interpretation of the selected illustration theme

We will not be judging based on experience or technical skill. 


  • The 34 winning illustrations will be included in the print and ebook editions of J.K. Rowling's The Ickabog, to be published by Scholastic in November 2020.
  • Each winner will also receive a copy of the book signed by the author and a prize package of $650 worth of Scholastic books for the entrant's school or library of choice. 


  • All illustrations must be created by children between the ages of 7 and 12, and submitted by a parent or guardian who is a legal resident of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, or Canada (excluding Quebec).
  • Artwork must be created on a single sheet of standard letter-sized (8-1/2" x 11"), unlined paper, in portrait/vertical orientation.
  • Artwork must be scanned or photographed and uploaded for submission. Entries will not be accepted by mail.
  • Please keep the original artwork in a safe place! If chosen for publication, the original will need to be sent to Scholastic.
  • Artwork created digitally will not be accepted.
  • Parents/guardians are limited to one submission per installment of the story for each of their children. More than one parent/guardian cannot enter a submission for the same installment for the same child.
  • All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, July 17, 2020. Winners will be notified on or about Monday, August 3, 2020.
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
  • Click below to read the complete Official Rules.

Scholastic’s Ickabog Illustration is now closed to new entries. Thank you for your interest! We’ll be announcing the winners on August 13th.


Who can participate?


All illustrations must be drawn by a child who is between the ages of seven (7) and twelve (12) at time of entry and must be submitted by that child’s parent or guardian.  


If I post my child’s artwork via social media using #TheIckabog, will it automatically be entered into the competition?


No, you must fill out the entry form and upload your child’s submission at www.scholastic.com/illustrationcompetition.


Will J.K. Rowling be reviewing or judging my child’s artwork?


No, J.K. Rowling will not be reviewing or judging artwork submitted for this contest.


I don’t have a scanner. How do I submit my child’s artwork?


We also accept digital photos of hand-drawn or hand-painted artwork! If you have the equipment available, please use a DSR camera and/or a tripod. However, if you do not have a camera available, you can use your smartphone. Take the photo in good lighting, but do not use a flash. Make sure to take the photo straight on, so that the angles are not skewed, and crop the photo so that there is no background.


I’m not a resident of the US or Canada. Can I still enter the contest? 


Scholastic is only able to accept entries from legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec). For residents of other countries, please check www.theickabog.com/competition for information about a contest in your country. 


How often can I enter?


Parents and guardians can submit one entry per child per installment of the story.  More than one parent/guardian cannot enter a submission for the same installment for the same child.


How can I check the status of my submission?


We will notify the parents of the winning artists by email or phone on or about August 3, 2020.


Will I be notified if I do not win?


Due to the high volume of submissions, we are only able to notify the winners. To find out who won, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by September 30, 2020 to:

The Ickabog Illustration Competition Winners List, Scholastic Inc., 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012.


What happens to my child’s artwork if we win?


If you win… CONGRATULATIONS! Your child’s artwork will be included in the book by J.K. Rowling to be published by Scholastic in November 2020. To help make that happen, you’ll have to send the original of your child’s artwork to Scholastic. We need the original for production purposes to ensure the quality of the published book. As explained in the rules, you’ll also have to sign an agreement assigning all rights in your child’s artwork to Scholastic and J.K. Rowling.


When do submissions close?


The contest submission period ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 17, 2020.