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
e-Books: $50.00 per entry


Books: $60.00 per entry
Cover or Jackets: $55.00 per entry
e-Books: $60.00 per entry


Entries may be submitted by any publisher or supplier to the book publishing industry engaged in designing, manufacturing, or publishing books. Membership in PPN is not required. If you submit entries but are not a member of PPN, be sure to sign up for email announcements on our website in order to keep appraised of the book show and other events.

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

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

All entries must be received no later than June 30, 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 in a typical year 20% of the entries receive awards.

Judges for the categories are selected for their knowledge and experience in those segments. Entrants may receive ballots containing judges’ comments following the Book Show. The judges will examine and evaluate entries with respect to the following classifications:

DESIGN – Is the style and size of type appropriate for the intended market? Is the arrangement of type and graphics effective and functional? Are graphic elements creatively planned, purposeful, and well executed? Is the use of color effective and appropriate? Were budget constraints an issue? Have the inserts, cover, jacket, endpapers, and other components been designed to complement and enrich the book as a whole? Does the design help the reader understand the author’s intent?

PRODUCTION – Does typesetting and page makeup demonstrate high standards and well-recognized practices of the bookmaking craft? Do illustrations and photographic images have good tonal range between shadows and highlights? Is detail held in highlight and shadow areas?

MANUFACTURING – Is the printing well executed with respect to inking, register, and image clarity? Has suitable paper been used? Are margins consistent and page backup accurate? Is the printing of component elements such as cover, jacket, inserts, and endpapers, consistent with the quality of the text printing? Is the book bound according to the best practices of bindery craftsmanship?


To ensure that entries are evaluated with the appropriate criteria in mind, eleven main categories (and subcategories) have been established to recognize the intended use of the book, as well as the demands, constraints, challenges, and opportunities that exist in each category.

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.

This category includes books varying in subject matter and created specifically for the enjoyment and enrichment of a juvenile or young audience.

This category includes books designed for business or professional development that are intended for individual use. These books provide general guidance to the working professional or teach specific technical or professional skills by presenting material as commentary and explication (such as computer books or legal guides). Books in this category are often packaged with CDs or other media.

This category includes 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. These books can vary from encyclopedic resources, desk references, and dictionaries, to collections of professor’s writings and other scholarly works. They are primarily text-driven but may contain graphics and illustrations.

Books in this category are intended for classroom use at the elementary through post-graduate level, including student and instructor editions and ancillary components physically attached to the principal print product. Also included are books targeted for adult continuing education and vocational training that are intended for a hands-on, classroom-like environment.

The two subcategories include

  • Elementary and High School
  • College

Books in this category do not fit comfortably into the other trade and reference categories. These can include specialized genres such as novelty books, cookbooks, gift books, health and fitness books, travel books, or field guides that utilize a creative or decorative design, illustrations, photography, and packaging to illustrate the content of the book.

This category includes books of general interest that are designed to maximize their illustrative appeal. These books are published primarily for their visual content, which consists of photographs, illustrations, or other graphics. Books in this category include, but are not limited to, photographic essays and fine art editions, museum guides, historical picture books, and graphic novels. There are no subcategories.

This category includes books of general interest that are published primarily for their text content. Photographs, illustrations, or other graphics serve as an accessory to the text. Books in this category include, but are not limited to, fiction, nonfiction, prose, and poetry. There are no subcategories.

Annual, semi-annual, or quarterly printed catalog used to promote product book product line. The catalog must be bound mechanically (saddle stitch, perfect binding) and be reproduced using standard offset lithography or digital printing (iGen, Indigo, DocuTech) methods. There are no limitations on dimensions or types of materials that can be used.

Entries in this category can be either educational or trade and can be electronic versions of traditional “print” books or enhanced e-books. 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.

e-Book Entry Instructions
For e-books, e-mail your EPUB file without DRM protection to Please include “PPN e-book Entry” plus publisher name in the subject line. If your e-book entry is web-based, please provide the URL and log-in information. e-Book 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: