Providing educational resources and opportunities for all individuals involved in book and book-related publishing.

46th Annual Call for Entries

Publishing Professionals Network is a nonprofit association providing educational resources and opportunities for all individuals involved in book and book-related publishing. Founded as Bookbuilders West in 1969, it was rechartered as PPN in 2012 to reflect the changing nature of long-form content publishing and embrace all the partnerships that exist within our industry.

Enter your best books, covers, jackets, and product catalogs from your 2016 publishing season in our highly acclaimed book show competition. The entry process has been simplified and all entries will be showcased at our Annual Book Show to be held at Chronicle Books in San Francisco in October 2017.

→ Submit an Entry ←

ENTRY FEES (Publishing Professionals Network Members)


Books: $50.00 per entry
Cover or Jackets: $45.00 per entry
Ebooks: $50.00 per entry


Books: $60.00 per entry
Cover or Jackets: $55.00 per entry
Ebooks: $60.00 per entry


Book Designs: $25.00 per entry
Cover or Jackets: $20.00 per entry
Ebook Designs: $25.00 per entry


Membership in PPN is not required.

Professional entries may be submitted for any book produced by a North American publisher.

Student entries may be submitted for any book design project produced at a North American college-level graphic arts program.

Books must have a publishing date of December 1 2015 through March 31 2017.


There are four easy steps in submitting an entry:

  1. Complete an online entry form, using the (+) to add fields for each additional entry. Please enter information for EACH entry.
  2. Print a corresponding copy of your email confirmation for each entry.
  3. Pay the entry fee either online or by check.
  4. Send one copy of each book, cover or jacket entry and corresponding email confirmations to the address below. Please do not mount covers or jackets and please consolidate shipments. For student entries only, a color printout at actual size may be submitted in lieu of printed materials. Printouts should not be mounted.

PPN Book Show Entry
274 Redwood Shores Parkway #129
Redwood City, CA 94065

All entries must be received no later than August 1, 2017.

Questions?  Please contact Barbara Arellano at


  • Non-complying entries may be disqualified.
  • Entry categories are subject to change at the judge’s discretion.
  • Late entries not accepted will be returned along with the entry fee.
  • All materials including books, covers, and jackets accepted for competition in the book show will not be returned.

If the same book, cover, or jacket is submitted by more than one entrant, the publisher’s entry will be accepted and any others will be returned with the fees. If the publisher is not among the entrants, the first entry received for that book, cover, or jacket will be the official entry and all others will be returned with the fees.

For multiple entries from a company or individual, a single payment for the total amount is preferred. Regardless of the number of entries, all entries from a publisher or an individual must be packaged and sent as a group.

Some entrants may be contacted in August following the judging process and will be instructed to provide downloaded press quality PDFs of the cover and several representative text pages for use in the book show catalog.


Each entry will be judged on its own merits—regardless of category—and evaluated for its excellence. Entries are judged individually, not against other books. There is only one level of award, but there are eleven categories in which to win.

Judges for the categories are selected for their knowledge and experience in those segments. Awards will be based on layout, typography, and production quality, with an emphasis on how well the finished product meets the needs of the intended market and conveys the author’s intent.


To ensure that entries are evaluated with the appropriate criteria in mind, eleven main categories (and subcategories) have been established.

The categories for submission of covers and jackets are the same as those for books. Covers and jackets may be submitted for consideration without entering the accompanying books.

A single student award may be made in each of the eleven categories.

Books created specifically for the enjoyment and enrichment of a juvenile or young audience.

Books designed for business or professional development that are intended for individual use.

Highly specialized texts of primary interest to an academic or research readership, and also reference works for a general audience that are intended to be consulted rather than read continuously.

Books intended for classroom use at the elementary through post-graduate level, as well as adult continuing education and vocational training. Submissions may include student and instructor editions and ancillary components physically attached to the principal print product.  This category contains two subcategories:

  • Elementary and High School
  • College

Books that do not fit comfortably into the other trade and reference categories, including novelty books, cookbooks, gift books, health and fitness books, travel books, and field guides.

Books of general interest published primarily for their visual content. This category includes photographic essays and fine art editions, museum guides, historical picture books, and graphic novels.

Books of general interest that are published primarily for their text content such as fiction, nonfiction, prose, and poetry. Photographs, illustrations, or other graphics serve as accessories to the text.

Annual, semi-annual, or quarterly printed catalog used to promote product line.

Entries in this category can be either educational or trade and can be electronic versions of traditional “print” books or enhanced ebooks. Entries will be judged individually on content structure and effectiveness in messaging the content.

This is a relatively new book show category and we encourage your feedback and suggestions for next year’s competition.

Ebook Entry Instructions
For ebooks, email your EPUB file without DRM protection to Please include “PPN ebook Entry” plus publisher name in the subject line. If your ebook entry is web-based, please provide the URL and log-in information. Ebook entries will not be copied, transferred, or shared with any other party.

→ Submit an Entry ←


For questions about this event, contact Barbara Arellano, phone: (650) 725-5630, email: