Call for entries for the 2014 Alcuin Book Design Awards

Happy New Year, dear book lovers. To celebrate in style, the society has just opened the competition for the 2014 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. In order to be eligible, books have to be published in 2014 by a Canadian publisher and designed by a Canadian designer. The entry fee per title is $30 for the Alcuin Society members and $35 for non-members. For five or more entries, there is a discount of 15%. In order to enter please fill out the form on our Apply page and follow the instructions enclosed. The deadline is March 27, 2014. For any questions, please contact awards[at]alcuinsociety[dot]com


This year’s judges are Rod McDonald, typographer and type designer, Robin Mitchell-Cranfield, illustrator, graphic designer and university lecturer, and Roberto Dossil, book designer and senior lecturer. The judging will take place on April 11, and the results will be delivered shortly after. You can check the list of last year’s winners on the Awards page or visit our Previous Winners and Resources page to view catalogues.

The Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design is the only national competition of its kind in Canada. This tradition was established in 1981, and it honours not only the Canadian book publishers, but also those who work hard to make books legible and beautiful works of art, and whose names are rarely celebrated: book designers. Please note that the Alcuin Awards are self funded, and the Society that makes them possible is solely sustained by its members and donors. If you love books, like what we stand for, and want to support our rich history and efforts, do not hesitate to visit our Membership or Donate pages.