Call for Entries: 2021 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show

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How to Enter

1: Complete the appropriate submissions form:

Books and Journals Entry Form
Jackets and Covers Entry Form

The confirmation email you’ll receive will include entry details that can be saved for your records. You do not need to include a printed copy with your shipped entries.

2: Submit payment for your entries:

Payment Form

3: Ship TWO copies of each of your entries to the AUPresses Central Office:

Association of University Presses
Attention: Kate Kolendo
Book, Jacket, and Journal Show
1412 Broadway, Suite 2135
New York, NY 10018

Deadline for Entries: Friday, January 22, 2021

Please mail entries as soon as possible to avoid a deluge of entries arriving close to, or after, the deadline.

View the call for entries PDF.

Entry Fees

$45.00 per book/journal
$35.00 per jacket/cover

Fees are due upon submission.


books and journals

Scholarly typographic, Scholarly illustrated, Trade typographic, Trade illustrated, Poetry & literature, Journals, and Reference

jackets and covers

Book Jacket design, Book cover design, and Journal cover design

explanation of categories

Books can be entered for competition in the AUPresses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show in the following categories: Scholarly typo­graphic, Scholarly illustrated, Trade typographic, Trade illustrated, Poetry and literature, and Reference. Books may also be submitted for their jacket or cover design. Journals are judged on their overall design or on their covers.

SCHOLARLY BOOKS are intended for a specialized audience, of­tentimes for academic instructors to use as texts in college courses. They are not widely distributed to sell in bookstores and are most often available from online retailers and directly from the publisher. They are reviewed in academic journals and advertised directly to their core audience. The text structure is typically more complex, requiring a design that helps the reader navigate the variety of text el­ements and scholarly apparatus, including footnotes, endnotes, and appendices. These books are given a specialist or short discount, which usually indicates that they will not be stocked in brick and mortar retailers; and online retailers may sell to customers at full price or less than their usual discount.

SCHOLARLY TYPOGRAPHIC: A book with no or comparatively few illustrations that are clearly subordinate to the text.

SCHOLARLY ILLUSTRATED: A book in which the visual elements (such as photography, art, or graphic design) are the focus and the text is subordinate.

TRADE BOOKS are intended for a general audience and to be widely distributed. The design is typically open and accessible and the text features few, if any, notes, appendices, and bibliographies. They are available for sale in bookstores and are reviewed and advertised in general interest and national newspapers, magazines, websites, and other media. These books are given a trade discount by publishers so that they may be stocked by brick and mortar retailers, and online retailers may sell them to customers at a discounted price.

TRADE TYPOGRAPHIC: A book with no or comparatively few illustrations that are clearly subordinate to the text.

TRADE ILLUSTRATED: A book in which the visual elements (such as photography, art, or graphic design) are the focus and the text is subordinate.

POETRY AND LITERATURE Poetry books often require line-for-line formatting and have unique spacing requirements, while works of literature typically have few formatting needs.

REFERENCE books may be primarily intended for a trade or a scholarly audience, depending on the subject. Because they will not be read from beginning to end, reference books must organize information in a way that allows for quick location of specific entries in the text, which should be easy to read. The text may be paired with illustrations or other visuals.

JOURNALS are intended to be available to readers in libraries and other reference collections for many years, so design for both interi­ors and covers must be timeless. Balancing the need for fresh design against the importance of honoring the journal’s brand (which might be decades in the making) is also an important consideration. A note on the cover design: it must work on its own and as part of a series. The spine design is particularly important, since journals typically sit together on a shelf.


This competition is open to members of AUPresses only. Presses may submit any number of books, jackets, and covers published in the current calendar year, 2020, and journals published at least twice during 2020. Books may have been manufactured anywhere in the world, but imports or copublications from another publisher are not eligible.

The Jurors

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ANDREW SHURTZ is a graphic designer, educator, and researcher based in New York City. Along with his colleagues Rebecca Gimenez, Mike Gallagher, and Sebastian Campos, he co-founded the international design collective We Have Photoshop in 2007. Together they also co-founded Convolution, a conceptual journal dedicated to exploring the intersections of experimental typography, art, poetry, and criticism. He has taught courses in typography, book design, experimental publishing, and contemporary graphic design theory at Parsons School of Design since 2011 and has been instrumental in the development of the core typographic curriculum for their Communication Design program. He has previously taught courses at Rutgers University and City College of New York and served as a visiting critic at Yale University, NYU ITP, and The University of Connecticut. He is the recipient of multiple AUPresses awards for book design and the Yale School of Art’s Phelps Berden Award. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University and his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University.

INGRID PAULSON is a book designer and publisher based in Toronto, Canada. Starting out as an in-house designer and art director, she branched out in 2003 with her own studio specializing in fiction, non-fiction, and art book design for a range of Canadian and American trade and academic publishers as well as art institutions. In 2018 she created Gladstone Press, a micro-press devoted to producing beautiful modern editions of classic novels. She has received design awards from both the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers and the Alcuin Society, and her work has been cited in numerous books and periodicals. She also teaches book design for the Publishing Certificate offered by The Chang School, Ryerson University.

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GAIL ANDERSON is a New York City-based designer, educator, and writer. She is Chair of BFA Design and BFA Advertising at the School of Visual Arts, and the creative director at Visual Arts Press. Anderson has served as senior art director at Rolling Stone, creative director of design at SpotCo, and as a designer at The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Vintage Books. She has taught at SVA for thirty years and has coauthored 15 books on design, typography, and illustration with the fabulous Steven Heller. Anderson serves on the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for the US Postal Service and the advisory board of Poster House. She is an AIGA Medalist and the 2018 recipient of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Lifetime Achievement Award for Design. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Milton Glaser Design Archives, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Additional juror to be announced.

About the Book, Jacket, and Journal Show

The Association of University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show honors excellence in design produced by its member presses. The show recognizes meritorious achievement in the design, production, and manufacture of books, jackets, covers, journals, and digital publications by members of the university press community. 2021 marks the 56th anniversary of this book show.

What you may notice first about the publications by AUPresses members is the wide variety of subjects, forms, and approaches to disseminating scholarship. This variety reflects the diversity of the members themselves. Some members are among the very largest scholarly publishers in the world while other presses are offices with small staffs and limited resources. It also reflects the variety of new forms and formats available to publishers including digital and print-on-demand technologies in addition to offset printing. The budgets for the publications themselves reflect the market needs of the individual project, the press’s resources at hand, and decisions a press makes about physical aspects of the publication. What unites these books, however, is something you cannot see. It is the fact that these publications have been subject to the rigorous standards of peer review.

The design and production aspects of these publications are also integral to the very mission of the Association. Excellent design contributes to a book or journal’s reception and its impact in the larger world.

In addition to recognizing excellent work, the AUPresses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show provides an evaluation of members’ work and serves as a focus of discussion and a source of ideas for intelligent, creative, and resourceful bookmaking. The 2021 show will include books published by AUPresses members in 2020 and jackets and covers of books published that year. Books may have been manufactured anywhere in the world, but imports, and copublications designed and produced by a with a foreign publisher, are not eligible.

Through the show, and its acclaimed annual catalog, the Association seeks to expand the conversation about the essential importance of good design in scholarly publishing.

Special thanks to the 2020–2021 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show Committee

Dan Ruccia, Duke, Chair
Jennifer Blanc-Tal, Rutgers
Barbara Bourgoyne, LSU
Ani Deyirmenjian, Toronto
Mindy Hill, New Mexico
Kevin Barrett Kane, Stanford
Brady McNamara, Oxford
Katrina Noble, Washington
Regina Starace, Penn State
Isaac Tobin, Chicago
Kate Kolendo, Communications Program Manager, AUPresses