Book Arts Prize
Our annual Book Arts Prize competition will be postponed until Spring 2022.
In the meantime, please look into the Book Arts Prize at Home Edition! We will be hosting competitions and offering prizes every term!
If you have questions please email Sarah.M.Smith@dartmouth.edu.
About the Book Arts Prize
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.
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.
A $150 cash prize will be given for the best example of a hand bookbinding created and produced 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.
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.
We're fortunate to enjoy the participation of a local community of bookbinders, printers, and amateur book artists. We will offer a cash prize of $150 to this part of our constituency in recognition of excellence in book arts. Submission may be any one of the following:
- Original book printed in the Letterpress Studio and handbound in the bindery.
- Letterpress Broadside (minimum dimensions 14" x 17").
- Collection of at least three printing items either related thematically or unrelated.
- Handbound book, either blank, letterpress printed, or digitally printed pages. Entries may not include models made in Book Arts Workshop classes.
- Artist Book example of a book that expresses and/or challenges the book form.
All entries must be an original project conceived and produced in the Workshop studios.
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, 2018 and May 29, 2019. Prize winners must have distributed their type before any prize will be awarded.
NOTE: All prize winning pieces will be displayed throughout the following summer and fall terms.
Entries are due by 5 p.m., Monday, June 15, 2020.
Send all entries to: DARTMOUTH LIBRARY BOOK ARTS WORKSHOP, c/o SARAH M. SMITH, 6025 Baker-Berry Library, Hanover, NH 03755
Download the submission form (DOC).
For more information contact Sarah Smith in the Book Arts Workshop, Baker-Berry Library.