Illustration Contest - Book Illustration Festival "BookILL Fest"

About the Festival

Book Illustration Festival "BookILL Fest" is organized for the fifth time by Banat's Cultural Centre and Novi Sad Fair during the 22nd International Book Fair in Novi Sad (Serbia). Book Fair is going to take place from the 12th to 18th of April, 2016, and Book Illustration Festival is going to be organized on the 13th of April, at Novi Sad Fair.

"BookILL Fest" includes internet competition for the best illustration of the book, exibition of selected works, the announcement of winners, and exhibitions and lectures related to the book illustration.

The Aim of the Festival

The book illustration is important, but also specific area in the process of graphic designing of books, which is why "BookILL Fest" seeks to draw attention to illustration and illustrators in public, but also to publishers who care about the equipment of their books.

Illustrated book is an art object that is signed by the co-authors: the writer and illustrator. Organizer affirmates the principle that the text of the book and its visual component – illustration – are both equally important and valuable.

Contests for book illustrations are very rare in the world, and thus, this festival is more important.

Registration for the Contest:

The contest is open for the authors from all over the world.

Each author submits at least 4 illustrations of the book: illustration of the cover page and illustrations from the inside of the book, in digital format (JPG, TIFF format, RGB mode, 300-600 dpi, up to A4).
Send everything to the e-mail address:

Deadline for submission is: the 20th of March, 2016.

Authors can send illustrations done in all artistic and graphic techniques. The photographs which illustrate books will be also accepted. Authors can send illustrations incorporated into book design with the text, or separated. Authors can send more illustrations created for different books. Authors can send cover illustrations only, if the inside of the book is not illustrated. Unpublished illustrations will be accepted as well as published.

The authors must also send their personal data by e-mail (name, surname, address, phone number, a short professional biography) titles of the works, and the specific category for submission. They should indicate whether the book was published or in the project.

If the author wants, he/she can send his/her book and CD with drawings and data, to the following address: Banatski kulturni centar, JNA 35, 23 273, Novo Miloševo.

The categories for submission are: 
1. Illustration of the poetry book
2. Illustration of the fiction book
3. Illustration of the book for children
4. Photo-illustration of the book

Jury / Arts Council
The selection of works and awards – one for each category – is going to be done by the following members of the jury: Slobodan Ivkov, president, mr Sibila Petenji Arbutina and Senka Vlahovic.

The Announcement of the Winners and Exhibition
The announcement of winners and the award ceremony will be held on 13th of April, 2016, at Novi Sad Fair, and the opening of the exhibition of selected and awarded works.
A detailed program of the Festival will be announced at the end of the competition.

*The organizer reserves the right to present works from this year's and previous competitions and exhibitions in other towns and countries. It also reserves the right to print thematic publication (catalog, monography, flyers, etc.) of the received works in propaganda or retrospective exhibition purposes, or for the affirmation of the "BookILL Fest" competition project and to have the possibility of scientific research analyzes of illustrations as artistic discipline in the light of this project.
By submitting their works, the authors accept the above mentioned items.

Guest exibition
Exhibition "Illustrations awarded at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava 2015" will also be opened on 13th of April, organized by the Banat's Cultural Centre and Novi Sad Fair, in cooperation with BIBIANA, International House of Art for Children from Bratislava (Slovakia) and FoundationBabka Gallery from Kovačica (Serbia).

"BookILL Fest" 2015
At last year's competition over 700 works were received. The jury selected about 150 works by 97 authors that were exposed at the Book Fair in Novi Sad.
How last year's festival looked can be viewed here: BookILL Fest 2015.

For additional information, comments and suggestions, contact us via or phone number: 00381 (0) 23/783-155.