Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2023

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Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2023

Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2023 now is over!

Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2023: International Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2023 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 8th edition of the International Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2023 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.

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

From the book projects enrolled and sent to the competition by 3th February 2023, an International Jury, nominated by the organization will select from eight to 14 finalists book projects by March 2023. They will be presented and exhibited at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2023 (March 2023). Then, among the finalists, the Jury will choose the winning project.

The winner announcement and the award ceremony will be held at the Salone Internazionale del Libro of Turin (Italy) in 2023.

Who may enter?

This competition is open worldwide to illustrators over the age of 18.


The winning book project of the Silent Book Contest 2023 will be published by Carthusia Edizioni. The author will sign a regular publishing contract and receive a cash prize of 4.000 EUR (approx. 4,230 USD), as advance on the royalties.

Entry fees:

Entry fee is 50 EUR for each book project. A maximum of three book projects per single author is permitted.

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