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The Book Arts Prize Competition

The Book Arts Prize Competition is a juried award given every year in recognition of excellence in the creation of a hand printed and bound book, letterpress printing, or hand binding made in the studio of the Book Arts Workshop. The prizes are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Library. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Book Arts Grand Prize:
A $500 cash prize will be awarded to any current Dartmouth College undergraduate or graduate student who combines letterpress printing and hand bookbinding to create an original book. The book should be printed in the Letterpress Studio and bound in the Open Studio sessions.

Letterpress Printing:
A $150 cash prize will be given for the best example of letterpress printing created and produced in the Letterpress Studio by a current Dartmouth College undergraduate or graduate student. Submissions may be a single broadside (minimum dimensions 14" x 17") or a collection of at least 3 printed items, either related thematically or unrelated.

Hand Bookbinding:
A $150 cash prize will be given for the best example of a hand bookbinding in the Open Studio sessions by a current Dartmouth College undergraduate or graduate student. The book may contain blank, letterpress printed, or pre-printed pages. The text will be judged only in how the content relates to the binding style and materials used. Entries may not include models made in curricular or Book Arts Workshop classes.

Artist book:
A $150 cash prize will be given for the best example of a book that expresses and/or challenges the book form. It must have been created and produced in the Book Arts Workshop by a current Dartmouth College undergraduate or graduate student.

Community Excellence

The Book Arts Program is fortunate to enjoy the participation of a local community of bookbinders, printers, and amateur book artists. The Book Arts Workshop will offer a cash prize of $150 to this part of our constituency in recognition of excellence in book arts. Submission may take any one of the following forms:

  • Original book printed in the Letterpress Studio and hand bound in the Bindery. 
  • Letterpress Broadside (minimum dimensions 14" x 17"). 
  • Collection of at least three printing items either related thematically or unrelated. 
  • Hand bound book, either blank, letterpress printed, or digitally printed pages. 
  • Artist Book - example of a book that expresses and/or challenges the book form.

All entries must be an original project conceived of and produced in the Workshop studios.

Eligibility

The contest is limited to undergraduate and graduate students of Dartmouth College or members of the community as noted. The entry must be completed between June 1, 2015 and June 6, 2016. Prize winners must have distributed their type before any prize will be awarded.

Deadline

Entries are due by 4:30pm, Monday, June 6, 2016. Bring entries to the Book Arts Workshop, Baker Library, Room 25 between 9:30am - 4:30pm. Submission forms are available in the Book Arts Workshop or may be downloaded.

For more information contact Louise Hamlin in Studio Art or Sarah Smith in the Book Arts Workshop, Baker-Berry Library.

Last Updated: 3/25/16