The MACK First Book Award is a publishing prize open to artists who have not previously had a book published. The award was established in 2012 to support emerging artists and bodies of work that find a voice through the book form.
The call for submissions emphasises a predilection for projects intended for book form: visual art projects that find a voice through the book. Submissions can include texts, collage and experimental approaches to book-making.
We are looking for unique work of high quality and encourage artists of all ages and nationalities to submit their book projects.
11 November 2019
20 January 2020
10 February 2020
14 May 2020
Winner announced during Photo London, alongside exhibition of the work
Entries are only accepted from artists who have not previously had a book published.
All submissions must either be unpublished or self-published book projects. Books that have already been published by a third party publishing house will not be considered.
Submissions must consist of coherent book projects and not portfolios of images in book form.
All submissions must be received as printed book dummies. Digital submissions in the form of PDFs, ebooks or apps will not be considered.
Any text within the book must be supplied with an English translation.
Submissions must be received between 11 November 2019 – 20 January 2020. Entries received before or after these dates will not be considered for the prize.
A submission form must be completed for each book entry .
Please include your name and project title along with your book dummy.
If submitting more than one project, please complete separate forms for each entry.
Submissions must be sent to:
First Book Award
Studio E, Ground Floor
Emperor House, Dragonfly Place
London SE4 2FL
Submissions will be available for return in March 2020, after the shortlist has been announced.
Please include return packaging with your submission.
Please email the postage label to firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly stating your name and project title.
The postage label expires after 1 working day, so please be sure to email us the label immediately after it has been generated.
Please buy postage for a small or medium parcel, not a large letter.
Neither MACK nor any of the sponsors will be held responsible for loss or damage to books submitted.