_________________________________About the Awards Who Can Enter?
Membership in Washington Book Publishers is not required. Anyone affiliated with the production and publication of a qualifying book may submit an entry.
Submitted books, whether priced or disseminated for free, must meet the following criteria:
*The publisher must be located in the
District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia,
*Books must be copyrighted by or carry the
ISBN of an eligible publisher
*Books must have a spine
*Books must have been published between
April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014
*Entries must be received electronically by
March 28, 2014
*Entry fees must be paid online or via check
by April 10th
Books will compete against others within the same category of publisher.
The publisher categories are:
Small-to-medium-size non-profit publishers (35 or fewer books per year)
Large non-profit publishers (more than 35 books per year)
Co-published volumes will be judged in the commercial category if any of the co-publishers is commercial. A non-profit publisher may include membership and trade associations, university presses, branches of federal or state government, IGOs, and policy and research organizations.Design Categories
Awards are given to books that are exemplary in the execution of their text and cover designs in each of three publisher categories. In addition, one book—judged to have the best overall design and effectiveness—will be awarded Best of Show. Books may be entered under any of the following five design categories:
Illustrations (such as photographs, line drawings, and maps) drive the design of these books. Examples include (but are not limited to) art, museum, pictorial history books, and illustrated reports.Typographic Text:
Typography (the effective use of type) drives the design of these books, which may include a signature of illustrations. Examples include (but are not limited to) biography, fiction, history, popular science and social science books.
Typography and the presentation of data (in figures, tables, graphs, charts, photographs, and line drawings) drive the design of these books. Examples include (but are not limited to) scientific, technical and medical books.
Illustrated Jacket or Cover:
In this category, illustrations drive award-winning jackets and covers. Photographs, images, and illustrations should dominate the design.
Typographic Jacket or Cover:
In this category, typographic treatment of words drives award-winning jackets and covers. A textured background or thumbnail image may be present, but words in type should dominate the design.