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Early deadline: February 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Final deadline: February 18, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST (late fees apply)
The competition will accept online entries from December 17, 2020 to February 18, 2021. Entries submitted after February 8, 2021 will incur a $25 late fee per book and/or book cover. The online system will remain open until 11:59 p.m. EST the day of the deadline.
New this year! All entries will be reviewed online in both the book and cover categories of the competition. Physical copies will be required if entered work is selected by the jurors for inclusion in the AIGA collection.
A confirmation email from firstname.lastname@example.org will be sent to the entrant once all online steps are successfully completed. Please add this email to your contacts to ensure receipt.
Only entrants with work(s) selected by the jurors will be notified of inclusion in this year’s competition. Winners will be notified no later than May. The results of this year’s competition will be announced in June 2021.
A book must consist of at least 24 pages. Except for limited-editions, print runs should be in excess of 250 copies. Books produced as limited-editions are eligible.* Digitally produced books (ebooks) are also eligible. Printed books must be either case-bound or paperbound between covers. Portfolios of loose pages do not qualify. See examples of selected work from last year’s competition.
All work must be published between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. Generally, © 2020 will be indicative of publication date. New work created after December 31, 2020 will not be considered.
Entries should be for sale to the general public in the marketplace, or, if offered gratis, should not be publications whose primary purpose is to advertise or serve as an annual report or other corporate literature. One-off student projects do not qualify.
International entries are eligible. In order for the jury to understand the content and context, 50 Books entries that are published in languages other than English must be sent with an English-language counterpart—this can be a previously published book or a bilingual book. Non-English 50 Covers entries must include a translation of the title and a U.S.-accessible ISBN or purchasing URL.
Series can be combined into a single entry when two or more books or covers are for the same client and project, which collectively make up one entry. Include all the titles in the title field separated by a semicolon, and upload a TIFF file for cover images of each book in the series.
- For the Cover category, if more than six books are in a series, upload a group shot of the collection and upload six additional representative covers from the collection.
- For the Book category, if more than six books are in a series, upload a group shot of the collection and upload six additional representative covers from the collection. If selected by the jurors, physical copies of all books in the series must be for inclusion in the AIGA collection.
*Entries in the 50 Covers category: Covers will be judged on the digital file (primary image) uploaded during the entry process; no physical copies need to be submitted at the time of entry. However, if selected as a winner one additional copy must be sent in for inclusion in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML) at Columbia University’s Butler Library.
*Entries in the 50 Books category: Books will be judged on the digital files (images and video). If selected by the jurors, we will require one physical copy of the book to be sent for inclusion in the AIGA collection or risk being disqualified.
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Permission to Reproduce Work
By submitting work to the competition, all entrants acknowledge that AIGA reserves the right to use accepted work for reproduction in competitions-related publications; on its websites; in any editorial or exhibition of the competitions’ selections; and for educational and promotional purposes.