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Book Arts Competition


Sponsored by Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Central Florida Libraries

 Official Entry Form


The University of Central Florida (UCF) Libraries Special Collections & University Archives department invites UCF and Rollins College undergraduate and graduate students to submit their artist books for the 15th Annual Book Arts Competition. This is a juried competition, with the winner announced at the end of May 2021. The winning artist receives a monetary purchase prize, and Special Collections & University Archives adds the winning entry to the department’s Book Arts & Typography collection. An exhibit featuring all competition entries runs May 2021 through the end of the summer in the Special Collections & University Archives Gallery, located in UCF’s John C. Hitt Library.


Submissions must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an original work created by an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at UCF or Rollins College during the Fall 2020 and or Spring 2021 semesters
  • Made in edition or be one-of-a-kind
  • Drawn, painted, printed with letterpress, printmaking, screen-printed, and/or created using digital techniques
  • Handmade
  • Must remain in the exhibit for its duration

Students may submit more than one entry. All entries must remain in the exhibit for its duration. Entrants cannot pick their work before the end of the exhibition.


There is no entry fee for this competition.


Each submission must include a completed and signed entry form. Students must personally submit their entries and completed entry forms to Special Collections & University Archives staff. The department, located in room 501 on the 5th floor of the John C. Hitt Library on the University of Central Florida campus, is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Each submission must include the following information:

  • Completed Entry Form
  • The full name of the applicant
  • A contact phone number and the mailing address of the applicant
  • Title of the book
  • One paragraph artist’s statement


After the exhibit, all books must be picked up from the Special Collections & University Archives Department by the end of August 2021. Special Collections & University Archives staff will not mail submissions back to the artist.


The deadline for all submissions is April 30, 2021.


Copyright to all winning entries remains with the artist.

For more information, please direct any inquiries to:

To view past winners and entries go to:

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