(ASBC&D Logo calligraphy by Joke van den Brandt)

Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and the American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers (ASBC&D) take pleasure in announcing the James Joyce: A Centennial Celebration of “Ulysses” (1922-2022). Bookplate Design Competition & Exhibition!

We hope that you are healthy & safe! The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in 2020-2022. Printmakers around the world are now invited to participate in our new competition.  The deadline is December 15th, 2022 and all entries must be “postmarked” by this date. 

We invite the finest artists & printmakers on this planet to submit entries for James Joyce: A Centennial Celebration of “Ulysses” (1922-2022). Competition and Exhibition. The juried exhibition will open at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco. In addition to online exhibitions it will go on-the-road to visit museums and libraries across the USA. 

Competition Rules

1.- The Competition is open to all artists.  Participation is free of charge.  Please include your email address and physical mailing address. Send scans of your entries that will be used in our publications (300+ dpi – “jpegs” are preferable).  Send your bookplate scans, CV, personal statement, photo portrait to this email address  info@bookplate.org ~ OR ~ info@bookplate2022.org.   The original prints should be sent to the address below.  We may use this information in future publications and on our website.

2.- Only entries made utilizing techniques approved by FISAE for original graphic art prints will be accepted for the Competition. In other words, just about any printmaking technique imaginable!

  • The only requirement is that your bookplate entries must fit inside a book. 
  • The words Ex Libris or The Books Of or The Library Of plus the owner’s name. There is some flexibility on the dimensions as we understand books come in many sizes. If you have questions, please write.
  • No indications or markings of other competitions must be present.
  • The following must be written in pencil on the reverse side: surname, first name, email, and the address of the artist.  The dimensions of the image area and technique used.
  • Written in pencil in the lower margin under the image on the front of your print(s), please include the edition title, number, date, and your initials, signature, and/or trademark (stamp).

Each artist may submit a maximum of five entries, each of which must have at least five (5) signed copies.  Four copies will be held in the ASBC&D Library collection and used for various exhibitions & publications. One will be in the collection of Victoria University at Wellington, New Zealand.  The exhibitions will present the artists’ ex libris prints in Celebration of Ulysses (1922-2022) to a wide ranging international audience.

All Ex Libris prints submitted will be used for exhibition(s), for publication by the ASBC&D, and our member institutions. Simultaneously, we are planning a traveling exhibition in the USA that will begin with the exhibition at American Bookbinders Museum, San Francisco, California.  Entries will not be returned.

The American Society of Bookplate Collectors & Designers and Victoria University at Wellington, New Zealand have designated cash prizes to be announced shortly.  The entries, once accepted by the Jury, will be selected for publication in the Exhibition Catalog.

The winners will be announced at the end of 2022 and prizes awarded at this time. Until this day all the artists will be strictly forbidden to publish or post on the web or social networks the works sent for the competition, under the penalty of being excluded from the competition.

The bookplate entries must be sent via Registered Mail or Priority Mail (with tracking) by 15 December 2022 to the following address. Entries must be “postmarked” by December 15th, 2022 and sent to:

Regular Mail: 

“Ulysses” Bookplate Competition,  P.O. Box 14964,  Tucson,  AZ,  USA,  85732-4964

If you choose to use a “private” mail service like DHL, FEDEX, or UPS please use this address:  

“Ulysses” Bookplate Competition ,  255 North Rosemont Blvd, Suite 14964, Tucson, Arizona, USA 85711

At least 100 works will be reproduced in the catalog.  All the other artists will receive an electronic file with the works admitted to the competition.

Participation in the Competition implies full acceptance of the above rules.

For further information, please contact:  info@bookplate2022.org ~ OR ~ info@bookplate.org