Friday, March 23, 2012

2012 Miniature Book Competition and Exhibition

Deadline: May 1, 2012 (RECEIVE)

2012 Miniature Book
Competition and Exhibition

Miniature Book Society
Ann Arbor MI

What is a Miniature Book?

In the United States, a miniature book is usually considered to be one which is no more than three inches in height, width, or thickness. Some aficionados collect slightly larger books while others specialize in even smaller sizes. Outside of the United States, books up to four inches are often considered miniature.


To qualify for a Distinguished Book Award:
1. The book and its slipcase or portfolio box must measure no more than three inches in any direction.
2. There is a maximum of two entries per press and/or person.
3. The book must have been published and bound in a multiple edition of like copies.
4. The book must have been published within the past two years, 2009-2011.
5. The book must be submitted between January 1, 2012 and May 1, 2012.

One-off or Artist's Books
We will accept one-off (one-of-a-kind) or artist's books. They will not qualify for a Distinguished Book Award but will be included in the MBS Competition Exhibition Catalog in a separate section. Here is an opportunity for those who do not make multiple copies to show their work.

Entry Fee: MBS Member $30; Non-MBS Member $50

The Jury
The Jury consists of professionals who represent varied interests in the book arts. They are charged to select those three entries that best reflect the creativity, appropriateness of design to content, personal appeal and technical excellence of miniature book publishers, designers, printers and binders.

Winner of the MBS Distinguished Book Award
Three MBS Distinguished Book Awards are given by the judges each year. These winners are announced at the annual MBS Conclave. Winning entries become the property of the MBS. These travel for one year with the International MBS Traveling Exhibit. They are then placed in the MBS Archives at the Lilly Library of Indiana University.

MBS Traveling Exhibit
The MBS Traveling Exhibit will feature the winning books as well as selected entries. This exhibit will be touring internationally to libraries, museums, and other public forums that feature the book arts.

Download Competition Entry Form:

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Additional entry forms and information may be obtained by contacting:

Joan Knoertzer, Chair
MBS Competition and Exhibition Committee
P. O. Box 3387
Ann Arbor MI 48106