International Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2016

Publish Date: Jan 26, 2016

Deadline: Jan 31, 2016

International Illustrated Silent Book Contest 2016

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

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 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 with a maximum size of 10Mb, exclusively in high quality PDF format. The book project should be presented on double pages with a 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). Entry fee is 50 Euro (approx. 56 USD) for each book project (a maximum of three book projects per single author is permitted).


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 2015.


An international Jury will select from five to ten finalists to be announced at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2016. The author of the book project selected as winner will receive an award of 4.500 Euro (approx. 5,050 USD) as advance against royalties and a publishing agreement according to international standards. The winning book project will be published by Carthusia Edizioni. 

The award ceremony will be held in August 2016 at Montereggio di Mulazzo, Italy.


Procedure of registration and submitting material

STEP 1 : Complete the form, accept Terms and Conditions and go to next step;

STEP 2 : Complete with your Pen-Name and Title of your project, confirm and go to next step;

STEP 3 : Follow the instructions and upload the PDF file of your project;

Wait acceptation confirmation of your PDF file and you go to next step for the payment of enrolment fee of €50 (fifty Euro).

The on-line payment accept only credit cards and Pay-Pal. When the payment is accepted you receive at your e-mail enrolment confirmation and your personal code.

For upload other projects book (max.3 for each Author), please repeat the procedure for every single project book. The registration procedure is confirmed exclusively and only subsequently to the payment accepted. The interruption of the registration procedure in whatever moment and before the payment, cancels automatically the registration and the PDF file uploaded.

For more information, please, visit the official website of the contest.

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