Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2019 - Illustration competition

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Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2019

CALL FOR ENTRY: Illustration competition titled International Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2019 expressly dedicated to illustrated books without words has been recently organised by the town of Mulazzo and the International Organisation of Book Towns.

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The Town of Mulazzo and the Association Montereggio Paese dei Librai, IOB International Organisation of Book Towns, with the support of Carthusia Edizioni in collaboration with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, IBBY Italia and Centro per il Libro e la Lettura (MiBACT) presents the first International contest for illustrated silent books without words.

The Silent Book Contest will give a prize money and publication to an original illustrated and unpublished book project that has been created and produced exclusively through narration by illustrated images. Given that the illustrated book and the visual language of illustrations and pictures is 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 competition 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.


It is possible to participate with 1 to a maximum of 3 unpublished projects for each Author.

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 “colouring 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 colour 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 projects sent in different format, due to excess or defect, from the one specified above and / or exceeding by excess or defect by the number of pages will not be admitted in the competition.

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.

The complete layout must be sent exclusively as a digital file in high quality PDF format by 31st January 2019.

From the book designs sent to the competition an international Jury will select from 5 to 10 finalists to be announced and exhibited at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

The book will be presented at the award ceremony in August in Montereggio (Tuscany, Italy).

Registration fee is 50 Euro for each book project (a maximum of 3 book projects per single author is permitted).

• Eligibility •

Participation is open to all illustrators with new book project of any nationality, place of birth or residence, provided that they are over theage of 18 on the 31st of December 2018.

• Prize •

The author of the book project selected as the winner will receive an award of 4.500 Euro as an advance against royalties and a publishing agreement according to international standards. The winning book project will be published by September 2019 by the publisher Carthusia Edizioni of Milan (Italy) which will insert it and promote it in its editorial catalog.

The award ceremony will be held in August 2019 at Montereggio di Mulazzo, Italy.

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