Conditions of participation Best Book Design from all over the World

The institutions asked to take part have distinguished books in national design competitions. Only such titles are accepted that have already been awarded a prize in their home country or have been recommended by a body of experts. Application documents for the free entry can be obtained through the Stiftung Buchkunst.

The books taking part in the competition are evaluated in a two-day selection procedure by a five-head international expert jury. Usually this jury meeting takes place in mid-February in Leipzig. 2021 it will take place end of March.

The members of the independent jury are appointed every year by the Stiftung Buchkunst. The jury presents the »Goldene Letter« as its highest award, furthermore a gold medal, two silver medals, five bronze medals and five honorary commendations are given. All awards are unendowed.

The diplomas are presented at a ceremony during the annual Leipzig Book Fair every March. All submitted books are shown in the exhibition »Best Book Design from all over the World« and »Book Art International« at the Leipzig and Frankfurt Book Fair.

partner competitions

Austria /// Die Schönsten Bücher Österreichs

Canada /// Alcuin Society

China /// The Beauty of the Book in China

Croatia /// Nacionalna i sveučilišna knjižnica u Zagrebu

Czech Republic /// Nejkrásnější České Knihy Roku

Denmark /// Årets Bedste Bogarbejde

Estonia /// Eesti kauneimad raamatud Eesti Kirjastuste Liit

Finland /// Kauneimmat kirjat

France /// Prix unique du livre

Greece /// ΕΒΓΕ | Λογαριασμός Νικητές

Israel /// Visual Communication | Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

Japan /// 般社団法人 日本書籍出版協会 JAPAN BOOK DESIGN AWARDS

Latvia /// Latvian Publishers' Association

Liechtenstein /// Schönste Bücher aus Liechtenstein

Lithuania /// Išrinktos gražiausios metų knygos

Netherlands /// De Best Verzorgde Boeken

New Zealand /// PANZ Book Design Awards

Norway /// Årets vakreste Bøker

Poland /// PTWK – Polskie Towarzystwo Wydawców Książek

Portugal /// Livro DGLAB – General Directorate for Books, Archives And Libraries

Romania /// Cele mai frumoase carti

Russia /// Жар-книга / zharkniga.ru

Serbia /// FECO Serbia - Union of Cartoonists of Serbia

Slovak Republic /// bibiana.sk

South Korea /// The most beautiful book in Korea 서울국제도서전

Spain /// Premio a los libros mejor editados

Sweden /// Svensk Bokkonst

Switzerland /// The Most Beautiful Swiss Books

Taiwan /// Golden Butterfly Award

Turkey /// GMK - Grafik Tasarımcılar Meslek Kuruluşu

Ukraine /// Мистецький Арсенал / art arsenal

United Kingdom /// Richard Schlagman Art Book Awards - Whitechapel Gallery

Venezuela /// Contact person Ricardo Baez


Do you have any questions?

For further information on the competition, feel free to contact us.

Carolin Blöink

Stiftung Buchkunst
Im Haus des Buches
Braubachstraße 16
D-60311 Frankfurt am Main

Telefon: +49 (0)69 1306-840
Fax: +49 (0)69 1306-17840
c.bloeink@stiftung-buchkunst.de