Books published in Canada during the previous calendar year are eligible for submission. Canadian editions, co-editions and simultaneous editions are eligible if designed and published in Canada in their entirety.

We welcome entries from experienced book designers and design students alike.


Apply by downloading and printing our online Entry Form in English or French.

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Books are judged in the following categories:
Comics (book-length comics with strong visual storytelling and dedication to production values; e.g., graphic novels)
Limited editions
Pictorial, including exhibition catalogues
Prose: fiction
Prose: illustrated
Prose: non-fiction
Reference, including how-to, DIY, cooking, travel


Judging is based on the suitability of design concept in relation to the intellectual nature of the content and the intended audiences. Use of colour, type, illustration and photographic styles are also considered. The stock used in the text block, jacket, binding, and overall finish, are judged in the context of the book’s purpose.

If a judge has participated in the production of a book, that book should not be submitted as an entry in the current competition, but may be entered the following year.

First, second and third prizes may be awarded in each category, with honorable mentions included. Winners will be notified as soon as possible prior to the official results announcement.

2018 judges (for 2017 books)

SUE COLBERG | Professor, Design Studies ( typography/publication design) and Coordinator, Visual Communication Design, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Photo by Louise Asselstine

SHELLEY GRUENDLER | Educator; Typographer; Principal (Type Camp), Berkeley, California

FRANK VIVA | Designer; Author; Illustrator; Principal (Viva & Co.), Toronto, Ontario
Photo by Jorge Colombo