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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Finnish Book Arts Committee?
    The Finnish Book Arts Committee consists of representatives of various literary organisations and educational institutions. The Committee nominates annually the Distinguished Books Selection and The Best Designed Book of the Year.

  • How does the Committee work?
    The Book Arts Committee is divided into a Working Committee and the Grand Jury. The Working Committee reviews and evaluates all submitted books and presents them to the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury then nominates the Distinguished Books Selection and The Best Designed Book of the Year from amongst the preceding year's book production.

  • Who are the members of the Working Committee and the Grand Jury?
    The Working Committee consists of a Chairman, a Secretary and three Members. The Grand Jury consists of representatives of various organisations and educational institutions, a list of whom is available on this website on page Jury.

  • Who can submit a book to the Distinguished Books competition? Is there a submission fee?
    Books can be submitted by publishers, printing houses, authors, graphic designers, etc. A submission fee of 65 euros per each submitted book will be charged to cover evaluation costs.

  • How many books can I submit?
    There is no limit as to the number of submissions.

  • How many copies of each submitted book should I send?
    One copy of each book submitted to the competition should be sent to the Book Arts Committee. If the book is nominated to the Distinguished Books Selection, the Committee will request for additional copies.

  • When can I send the books?
    Books are accepted from the beginning of November 2004 until the end of December 2004. Detailed instructions together with a related press release and the submission form are available on this website on page Submit a book. Books must always be sent together with their respective submission forms.

  • When will the Distinguished Book Selection be announced?
    The results of Distinguished Books competition will be announced in March next year. The exact announcement date will notified later.

  • Are there different competition categories for the books?
    The books are normally divided under seven categories, but the Committee may opt out of some categories depending on the submitted material.
    · Fiction
    · Children's and young adults' books
    · Textbooks
    · Non-fiction
    · Illustrated works
    · Book series
    · Book jackets

  • Who decides the category for each submitted book?
    The person or the organisation submitting the book may suggest a category, but the final decision concerning the choice of category will be made by the Committee.

  • What is the category 'Book series'?
    If a series of books has been designed collectively, with uniform appearance, it can be evaluated as a book series. A minimum of three (3) volumes of each book series must be submitted to facilitate their evaluation.

  • From where can I get additional information?
    By contacting the Secretary of the Finnish Book Arts Committee

    Suomen kirjataiteen komitea
    Helsingin yliopiston kirjasto
    Ms Maarit Huttunen
    PL 26
    00014 Helsingin yliopisto