Book Arts Prize

Due to our remote status, the official Book Arts Prize competition for 2020 will be postponed until the Spring of 2021. There will be two sections for each prize category—one for the 2020 prize and one for the 2021 prize.

If you have pieces you created between June 2019 and June 2020, please download and fill out the submission form and send your pieces to Dartmouth Library Book Arts Workshop, Baker-Berry Library, Hanover, NH, 03755. We’ll hold onto your pieces in a safe place until next spring’s contest judging.

If you have questions please email Sarah.M.Smith@dartmouth.edu.

A purple artists book

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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, 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.

Deadline

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.