Australian Book Design Awards 2015
4th Dec 14
The 2015 Australian Book Design Awards are now open for entries. The awards are open to any book designed and published for the first time in Australia between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014.
Entries close on Friday 23 January 2015. Visit abda.com.au to download the call for entries. For further information email email@example.com.
The 63rd Australian Book Design Awards are open to any book designed and published for the first time in Australia between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014.
Entry fees per item are $27.50 for members and $55 for non-members, except for Indie 1000, which are $20 for members and $35 for non-members.
Best Designed Commercial Fiction Book
Best Designed Literary Fiction Book
Best Designed Non-Fiction Book
Best Designed Series (incl Classics)
Best Designed Fully-illustrated Book > RRP $50
Best Designed Fully-illustrated Book < RRP $50
Best Designed Cookbook
Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book
Best Designed Educational Tertiary Book
Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book
Best Designed Children’s/YA Series
Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book
Best Designed YA Book
Open to Nominations
Young Designer of the Year
The Design Hall of Fame Award
ABDA Designers’ Choice
(voted for on the night of the Awards)
Book of the Year
Best YA/Children’s Cover of the Year
Best Cover of the Year
Designs must be original and not repurposed from another design; use of photography or illustrations commissioned, art directed or selected by another designer is not eligible (eg. from an overseas design).
The term ‘illustrations’ refers to pictorial matter and includes hand-made, digital and photographic images.
For each entry, you may supply up to 10 jpegs for fully illustrated titles, and up to 7 jpegs for non-illustrated titles. Jpegs should be CMYK 300dpi at actual size. Please make sure files are under 2MB each. Refer to submission guidelines page to make sure your images are correct.
Designers will be required to send in one non-returnable copy of any shortlisted work for judging, display and archiving.
Our expert panel of judges will be announced early in 2015.
By long tradition, designer judges are eligible to enter the awards but are required to recuse themselves from judging their own work. Judges may move entries across categories.
100 Word Design Rationale
Please remember to submit a short design rationale with each entry. The rationale should explain the designer’s concept and process. A rationale is not a publisher’s blurb about the book, but a statement written by the designer describing: how you responded to the publisher’s brief, any budget constraints, any unique challenges you faced in the design process, anything the judge should know about the book to help them understand the concept behind the design.
A ‘commercial fiction’ cover aims at mass and targeted markets, and includes genres such as Crime, Romance, Adventure/Thriller, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror, Comedy etc.
A title is considered ‘literary’ when it is eligible for literary prizes, such as the Miles Franklin Award, Premiers’ Literary Prizes and the Man Booker Prize. ‘Literary fiction’ is a term principally used for certain fictional works that hold literary merit.’
A non-fiction book with less than 10% pages of illustration or images. (See ‘Fully-Illustrated’ for other categories of non-fiction.)
SERIES (INC CLASSICS)
At least three titles designed to be obviously related to each other, with at least one published in the competition year. The submitted works should be by the originating designer of the ‘series design’, ie, not by another designer using a pre-designed template. (Series designs may only be entered once.)
FULLY-ILLUSTRATED > $50
A book with over 50% of pages of pictorial matter retailing at $50 or more.
FULLY-ILLUSTRATED < $50
A book with over 50% of pages of pictorial matter retailing at under $50.
A book of recipes, or writing about food that includes recipes which may or may not include illustrations.
A text book designed for Primary or Secondary students.
A text book designed for Tertiary students.
A book for children ages up to 8 with 50% or more of pictorial matter.
An original series design first published in 2014 with at least two titles.
A fiction book for children ages 3-11 which may or may not include illustrations.
A book aimed at ages 12-18.
This category is for independent books with a print run of more than 25 copies and fewer than 1000. All books must be at least 24 pages in extent and carry CIP data.
YOUNG DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
To be considered for Young Designer of the Year the applicant must be 30 years of age or under on 31 December 2014. They must submit four titles individually, filling in all relevant details – even if you have uploaded these titles in other categories. Please accompany each submission with a short description of how the title reflects the applicants approach to design. Please include the names and contact details of two referees who are familiar with the designers’ work.
HALL OF FAME
Presented periodically to a designer whose work has made a significant contribution to book design in Australia.
Entries close on Friday 23 January 2015. Please refer to the Call for Entries for full entry instructions. For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.