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International Contest for Illustrated Silent books Without Words 2019 for a Chance to Win 4,500€

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International Contest for Illustrated Silent books Without Words 2019 for a Chance to Win 4,500€

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The Town of Mulazzo and the Association Montereggio Paese dei Librai, IOB International Organisation of Book Towns, with the support of Carthusia Edizioni in collaboration with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair presents the first International contest for illustrated silent books without words. The Silent Book Contest is open to authors of original illustrated and unpublished book projects that has been created and produced exclusively through narration by illustrated images. The Silent Book Contest competition invites authors and illustrators to think up and design a book conceived exclusively for the telling of a story through illustrated images, on any subject and intended for a wide and diverse section of the reading public, regardless of genre or age.

Important Rules: 

[1] The competition is open to anyone interested from around the world regardless of the genre they are participating in, but they must not be less than 18 years old on 31st December 2018. It is possible to participate with one to a maximum of three unpublished projects for each Author.
[2] Participants should send an original illustrated and unpublished book project that has been created and produced exclusively through narration by illustrated images. 
[3] The book project must not contain words, with exclusion of the title and possible subtitle. The narration must be realized exclusively through the illustrations and have narrative and stylistic coherence. There are no limits regarding age or reader group, and the subject matter is open.

[4]  The illustrations featured in the book projects can be in color or black and white, with unlimited traditional or digital techniques and media.


The Silent Book Contest winner receives a prize money and publication by Carthusia Edizioni Magazine for his original illustrated an unpublished book project. The winner will be selected by an international jury, and the prize money amount is up to 4,500€. The winner's name will be communicated on the official website of the contest and on the Facebook page. The book will be presented at the award ceremony in August in Montereggi, Italy.

Please note: The participation fee is 50 Euro for each project submitted.

About the contest creator:

Gianni De Conno the Silent Books Contest creator was born in Milan, from a Neapolitan father and a Milanese mother. He is an artist of great impact, one of the greatest illustrators of the Italian publishing scene. De Conno was a true “Grandmaster”, he illustrated and interpreted the world, he taught with passion and care, in this little and small editorial world, he made a lot of other extraordinary things in his work. In 2008 and 2010 he obtained the gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York. He has published a lot in Italy and abroad, he has exhibited his work in numerous solo exhibitions around the world, in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and the United States.


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Country of residence
Any Country
Age Groups
Greater than18
Both gender
Art, Literature

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All Specialties
Educational Level
No Education Level is Required
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