COVER STORY: Book Recovery Contest

Cover a book and document your work for this juried contest with $400 in cash prizes. Use any book, recover (or even rebind), and supply a newly crafted hard cover around an existing text block.

Examples include, but are not limited to: converting paperback books into hardcovers, redoing boring hardcovers, creating handmade slip cases or clamshell boxes for fine books.

  • Cash Prizes:
    $250 for grand prize winner and acquisition by UVA Special Collections
    $75 book artists’ choice (voted on by Virginia Book Arts membership)
    $75 for best craft

BOOK RECEIVED Deadline: September 3, 2018
No entry fee; books will not be returned.

Entries will be judged blind by a University of Virginia Special Collections curator. Prizes will be judged on:

  • creativity of concept
  • suitability of design and materials to text
  • excellence in craft

Eligibility: Book artists must be residents of the United States. Members of the Virginia Book Arts community are not eligible for the book artist’s choice prize.

Conditions: Submitted books become the property of Virginia Humanities and will be auctioned at the 2018 Raucous Auction to support the Center’s educational mission.


1. REGISTER BELOW and include a 200-word narrative and at least one (but no more than six) photos.

2. Send physical book(s) to:

Attn: Kevin McFadden
Virginia Humanities
145 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville VA 22903

Receipt will be acknowledged by email supplied.

Cover Story Contest - 2018

  • Book Artist

  • Original Bibliographic Information

  • Publisher, publication date, etc.
  • Rebound Book

  • craft, concept, relationship of binding to text
  • Photos

  • Please provide at least 2 photos of the finished book and 2 or 3 photos of your process. (<=1.5MB each please)
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg.
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