Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2021

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Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2021

Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2021 now is over!

Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2021: International Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2021 expressly dedicated to illustrated books without words has been recently announced for entries inviting all illustrators with new book project of any nationality to participate.

Short description

The town of Mulazzo and the International Organisation of Book Towns present the sixth edition of the International Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2021 expressly dedicated to silent books, that is, illustrated books without words.

Given that the illustrated book and the visual language of illustrations and pictures are in no way secondary to written language, with a universal power and potential that supersedes any barrier of language or genre, the Silent Book Contest invites authors and illustrators to think up and design a book conceived exclusively for the telling of a story through illustrated images, on any subject and intended for a wide and diverse section of the reading public, regardless of genre or age.

Submission requirements:

It is possible to participate with 1 to a maximum of 3 unpublished projects.

The book project must not contain words, with exclusion of the title and possible subtitle. The narration must be realized exclusively through the illustrations and have narrative and stylistic coherence. There are no limits regarding age or reader group, and the subject matter is open.

No book projects that contain illustrations featuring either single words or partial texts will be accepted for selection. Pop-up books, cartoons and comic strips without words and “coloring book” will no be accepted. Furthermore, book projects containing photographic images, or that are not illustrated, or that do not correspond to the present definition of illustrated images will also not be accepted for selection.

The illustrations featured in the book projects can be in color or black and white, with unlimited traditional or digital techniques and media.

The book project should be presented on double pages with a open format of 57cms in width by 28.5cms in height (to give a closed format of 28.5cms x 28.5cms and opening from right to left) and with a prefixed number of double pages : 14 double pages in basic 57 cm format x 28.5 cm in height, plus front and back cover.

The book project must be presented scrupulously following these indications:

It will be complete with the number of 14 double pages, plus front and back cover in the format indicated in point D, complete with all the definitive internal illustrations paginated and the final cover illustration.

For each book project sent to the competition, a complete layout should be created. The layout must be a single digital file with a maximum size of 10Mb, exclusively in high-quality PDF format.

International Jury will select from eight to ten finalists book projects by March 2021. They will be presented and exhibited at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2021 (12-15 April 2021). Then, among the finalists, the Jury will choose the winning project.

The winner announcement and the award ceremony will be held, indicatively, in May 2021 during the events related to the Salone Internazionale del Libro in Turin.

Entry fees:

Entry fee is 50 Euro for each book project.

Who may enter?

Open to all illustrators with new book project of any nationality, place of birth or residence, provided that they are over the age of 18 on the 15th February 2021.


The winner will receive an award of 4.000 EUR as an advance against royalties and a publishing agreement according to international standards. The winning book project will be published by Carthusia Edizioni.

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