About the Competition
Since the International Bookbinding Competition started in 1999 it has developed into one the most successful regular exhibitions of the craft. Its success has been in the variety of work which is represented, with fine binding sitting happily alongside restoration and book-arts.
The Competition runs in conjunction with the Society’s biennial Conference, and attracts entries from countries all around the world. This year there will be fourteen prizes awarded over five categories as well as prizes for forwarding, finishing and design. 2015 saw the introduction of the exhibition catalogue which includes colour images of every book entered. This was a great success so catalogues will be available again in 2019 and each entrant will receive a copy.
The winning entries will be announced at the Society’s Conference held at Bath University on 29th Aug – 1st Sep 2019. All entries will be exhibited at the Conference for the duration, after which the winning bindings will be exhibited at George Bayntun’s Bookshop, Bath and Shepherds in London. Dates for these venues will be advertised here at a later date.
Entrants should register before 25th May 2019 by completing the online registration form (see Registration tab), or by contacting the organisers. The period for submission of bindings is 10-15th June 2019 – the entry form is now available (see Entry tab).
Entrants submitting work to the competition do so in the knowledge that if their work is selected for an award, it will be retained by the Society for the touring exhibition and will only be returned following the final venue. Photographs of winning books and all entries will be taken for use on Competition promotional material. Full entry details and instructions for delivering your books will be sent out with acknowledgement of registration.
Please do not send books until you have registered!
For all enquiries please contact competition organisers Mylyn McColl and Marie Doinne.