About the MCBA Prize

The MCBA Prize, presented by Minnesota Center for Book Arts, honors excellence in new work from across the dynamic spectrum of book art. The international competition will culminate in an exhibition in MCBA’s Main Gallery of 20–30 selected semi-finalists and a live virtual event revealing the winner. One winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize, four finalists will each receive a $500 cash prize, and all entries will be published here on our prize site.

Only book projects completed between June 2022 and May 31st, 2024 are eligible.

2024 Prize Timeline

April 1
Applications open

May 31
Application close

June 27
Semi-finalists & finalists notified

July 19
Semi-finalists’ & finalists’ artwork shipped to MCBA

August 17
Exhibition opens

September 18
Virtual celebration & winner reveal

September 27
In-person exhibition reception

October 12
Exhibition closes


We invite you to browse work by previous winners, finalists, and entrants via the tabs above and thumbnails below.

An International Artist's Book Award