Every year the Miniature Book Society conducts an international miniature book competition. The purpose of the competition is to encourage publishers to make new books, to provide collectors with new books to acquire and to foster innovative book technique and creativity. A full-color catalog is provided to every Miniature Book Society member and is available to the public at http://www.mbs.org/competition.html. The 2013 Competition and Exhibition Chair was Tony Firman from Haslet, Texas. The competition books are exhibited all year in the MBS Traveling Exhibition. The Exhibition schedule is posted on http://www.mbs.org/exhibit.html. Three expert judges examine and score the books. The 2013 judges were Lori Dekydtspotter (Lilly Library, Indiana University), Catherine Uecker (University of Chicago Library) and Jason Kovari (Cornell University).
There were 28 competion entries, from eight countries: United States (13), Iceland (3), Japan (3), the United Kingdom (3), the Czech Republic (2), Argentina (1), Mexico (1), and Spain (1). The 2013 Distinguished Winners are:
Distinguished Winner: Memories of Science; written by Dorothy A. Yule, illustrated by Dorothy A. Yule and Susan Hunt Yule, and published by Left Coast Press.
Distinguished Winner: Metamorphosis; written by Franz Kafka, designed, bound, and published by Jarmila Sobota.
Distinguished Winner: Tree; written by John Muir, designed, bound, and published by Peter and Donna Thomas.
If you would like to enter a miniature book in the 2014 MBS Competition, visit www.mbs.org/competition.html. Guidelines, entry forms, fees and submission deadlines are available there. You do not have to be an MBS member to submit a book.
The Miniature Book Society Newsletter incorporating the Miniature Book News, no. 94 November 2013 issue is available on www.mbs.org/newsletter.html.
The Miniature Book Society announces that the 2014 Miniature Book Society Conclave XXXII will be held in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday, August 15, 2014 through Monday, August 18, 2014. The Conclave hotel is the Taj Boston. Conclave host is Father Joseph Curran. More information will be available at www.mbs.org.