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

47th 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, and jackets published from September 2017 through August 2018 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 January 2019.

Students are also encouraged to enter books, covers, or jackets in all categories and will be judged separately.

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ENTRY FEES

PPN Members

Books: $50.00 per entry
Covers or Jackets: $45.00 per entry

Non-Members

Books: $60.00 per entry
Covers or Jackets: $55.00 per entry

Students

Book Designs: $25.00 per entry
Covers or Jackets: $20.00 per entry

ELIGIBILITY

Membership in PPN is not required.

Publishing professionals may submit any book published, designed, or manufactured in the United States. Entries need not be manufactured exclusively in the United States.

Students may enter any book design created at a U.S. college-level graphic arts program.

Books must have a publishing date of September 2017 through August 2018.

SUBMITTING AN ENTRY

Follow four easy steps to submit an entry:

  1. Complete an online entry form. 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 after you submit the final item.
  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. Students only may submit a color printout at actual size in lieu of printed materials. Do not mount printouts. Please consolidate shipments.

Submit entries to

PPN Book Show Entry
c/o New World Library
14 Pamaron Way
Novato, CA  94949

All entries must be received no later than September 1, 2018.

Questions?  Please contact Tona Pearce Myers at operations@pubpronetwork.org.

Important

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

JUDGING CRITERIA

Judges for the categories are selected for their knowledge and experience in those segments. Each entry will be judged on its own merits—regardless of category—and evaluated for its excellence.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.

CATEGORIES

To ensure that entries are evaluated with the appropriate criteria in mind, eight main categories have been established. Students may enter in each of the eight categories. Submissions in all categories may be books, covers, or jackets.

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 eight categories.

TRADE | Image Driven
Books of general interest that are published primarily for their visual content. This category includes photographic essays and fine-art editions, museum guides, and historical picture books.

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

TRADE | Graphic Novel
Richly illustrated novels with one or more colors. The images tell the story.

TRADE | Children’s
Books created specifically for the enjoyment and enrichment of a juvenile or young audience.

TRADE | Special
Books that do not fit comfortably into the other trade and reference categories, including novelty books, gift books, and health and fitness books.

REFERENCE AND SCHOLARLY (Including School Publishing)
Highly specialized texts of primary interest to an academic or research readership; 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.

GUIDE AND TRAVEL
Identification guides on a variety of topics; field and travel guides.

HOW-TO, CRAFTS, and COOKBOOKS
Books with content intended to instruct readers on different methods and techniques relative to a specific project/craft (including cookbooks).

COVERS and JACKETS | Image Driven
The categories for submission of covers and jackets are the same as those for books. Covers and jackets may be submitted for consideration without the accompanying books.

COVERS and JACKETS  |  Text Driven
The categories for submission of covers and jackets are the same as those for books. Covers and jackets may be submitted for consideration without the accompanying books.

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For questions about this event, contact Tona Pearce Myers, phone: (415) 279-2334, email: operations@pubpronetwork.org.