entries for the 2020 competition accepted January 1st and before April 30th.

The Miniature Book Society is devoted to developing and maintaining continued interest in miniature books.

Each year, MBS holds a juried competition for bookmakers, writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, and printers of miniature books. The mission of this competition is to acknowledge the skills of individuals creating miniature books and to help new miniature book creators to gain recognition to ease their way into the marketplace. Three winners are selected, not on a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd basis, but as the three “best-in-show”. You need not be a member of the Miniature Book Society to enter.

Qualifying for the competition?
Your book must meet the MBS definition of a miniature book: no dimension may be greater than three inches (76.2 mm). However, if the book includes any kind of container, that container may exceed three inches. Your entry must be a published edition of at least three copies in the last two years, (between January 1, 2018 and April 30, 2020).  If your book is not a published edition, but only a single copy – we consider this an “artist’s book” or a "one of a kind" book. It may be submitted for exhibition only, but will not be eligible for a Distinguished Book Award; it will also be included in the MBS Competition Catalog. (See below for distribution details). This catalog provides an opportunity for those who do not make multiple copies to exhibit their work. To see images of and read about the Award Winners and entries, download the 2019 Distinguished Miniature Book Competition and Exhibition Catalog here. To see past competition catalogs see here.

How many entries may I submit?
You may submit up to three (3) books for the current year’s competition.

What is the entry fee?
For MBS members - $30 per entry For non-members - $50 per entry

Payment via PayPal is currently not available, however we hope to have it reestablished soon. To see about becoming a member of MBS go here.

What rights do I give if I enter the competition?
You give the MBS a one-time right to photograph your book for our Competition Catalog. A printed copy of this catalog is provided to every MBS member, to everyone who enters the competition, and to each member of the jury. The catalog will also be posted on the MBS website, along with catalogs from past years. Photographs, along with your name and winning book details, may also appear in the MBS Newsletter and MBS marketing material.

Will I get my book back?
All entries are retained for and displayed at our annual MBS Conclave held in August. This display is available for public viewing during our Book Fair event. To find out more about the MBS Conclave see here.

The three Distinguished Book Award winners will automatically become the property of the Miniature Book Society, and will be displayed at the annual MBS Conclave protected in a closed glass case and cannot be removed by non MBS committee members. If you are a non-winner and ask for your entry to be returned to you, it will be sent immediately after the Conclave. Each winning book will be displayed in the MBS Traveling Exhibit for one year, they then will be added to the permanent collection of previous winners in the Archives at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington. Non-winners may choose to donate their entry/entries to the Lilly Archives. If so, these entry/entries may also be displayed in our Traveling Exhibit prior to going to the Lilly.  

To learn about our Traveling Exhibit see here.

To learn more about the Lilly Library, go here.

How does the competition work?
Send one copy of each book you wish to enter to the competition committee after January 1, 2020 and before April 30, 2020. Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form and the appropriate entry fee. Do not send photographs.

The committee will circulate all entries to a jury of three experts selected for their expertise in the publishing field: publishers, dealers, collectors, writers or artists. The jury will evaluate the entries, and select three best-of-show books for Distinguished Book Awards.

The competition committee will photograph the exterior and interior of each entry in color and prepare a catalog showing all the entries and identifying the Distinguished Book Award Winners. 

A note on security
The MBS will exercise due diligence in handling all entries during the necessary process of shipping entries to and from the jury, taking photographs, and mounting the books in a display case at the Conclave. However the MBS cannot be held responsible for damage to, or loss of, any entry.

For more information about the MBS competition, contact:
Rob Fleck
MBS Competition Chair
310 Delaware Street
New Castle, DE 19720



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“Sewing/Blouse” Author and Illustrator: Mathi Page; Publisher: Masako Ishiguro, Japan


“The Marshes Of Glynn” Author: Sidney Lanier; Publisher: Patrice Miller, Aredian Press, Texas

“The Windhover” Author: Gerard Manley Hopkins; Publisher: Pat Sweet, Bo Press, California

“WORD (89)” Author: Emily Dickinson; Illustrator & Publisher: Sue Huggins Leopard, Leopard Studio Editions, New York