Perimeter Small Book Prize 2019 Entry

Perimeter Small Book Prize 2019 Entry

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Perimeter is thrilled to announce the return of the Perimeter Small Book Prize in 2019. Entries are now open to Australian and New Zealand residents. The winner will work alongside Perimeter’s editors and designers to develop a small, limited-edition book, which will be published by Perimeter Editions and distributed through Perimeter’s channels in Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe. The publication will be promoted at major art book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Melbourne and more. The prize is not medium specific and we encourage artists at any stage of their career to enter. The prize speaks to Perimeter’s commitment to engaging with the local creative community and developing and disseminating meaningful new works in published form. 

Entry Details
There are three stages of the entry process.

Stage One DEADLINE EXTENDED to Sunday 28 April 2019
Entrants must provide the following by 11:59pm on Sunday, 28 April 2019: 
12–24 images (as a sample of a wider project)
Project statement (200 words) 
Short biography (100–200 words)

Stage Two
The shortlist will be announced on Monday, 6 May 2019. Shortlisted entrants will be contacted by Perimeter via email, and will be asked to provide additional material and information at this stage. 

Stage Three
The winning entry will be announced on Friday, 31 May 2019.

How to Enter
Please submit images and text documents in PDF format and label the file as SURNAME_FIRSTNAME.PDF.
Send your application to: with the subject: Small Book Prize 2018 application.
The entry fee of AU$45.00 must be paid on application. Without payment of the fee, your entry will not be considered for the Prize.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entries are open to residents of Australia and New Zealand who live locally or abroad.
  • Open to students and emerging or established artists.
  • Work must be entirely the original work of the entrant.
  • Work must be visual, including painting, drawing, sculpture and photography.
  • Work submitted must not have been published before in a book format.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries per individual, but each entry must be a new submission; i.e. different visual and written material and a separate entry fee must be provided.
  • Perimeter is not able to cover travel costs. If the winner does not live in Melbourne, all communication in the collaborative book-making process will be conducted electronically via Skype.
  • Refunds will not be given for any reason.
  • Incomplete applications, including failure to pay the entry fee, will not be considered. Please make sure you have completed all steps before submitting your application.
Judging Criteria
Entries will be judged based on merit and originality as we see it. We encourage entrants to consider how and why their work would suit the book format. 

All work will be judged on merit by the Perimeter team, including Justine Ellis (Director, Perimeter Editions), Dan Rule (Director, Perimeter Editions), Emma Phillips, Nadiah Abdulrahim and Felix Wilson.

The winner of the Perimeter Small Book Prize 2019 will have their work published, promoted and distributed by Perimeter Editions and its associated distribution partners Perimeter Distribution and Idea Books. 

The artist will retain copyright over the original works. Perimeter will retain copyright over the published edition.

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