Barcelona “Liber 2022” Illustration Contest

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The Spanish Feria Internacional del Libro, Liber 2022, is in Barcelona. She plans to reward an illustrator for a new visual identity design.

At Liber Barcelona 2018. Image: Fira Barcelona

By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

Submission deadline: February 25

FFriday (February 25) is the deadline for a visual identity graphic competition for the 2022 edition of the Feria Internacional del Libro de Barcelona, ​​the international book fair that regularly alternates its editions between Barcelona and Madrid and is called this year “Liber 22”.

The Federation of Gremios de Editores de España (the Federation of Publishers Corporations of Spain (FGEE) works with the Federación de Asociaciones de Illustradores Profesionales, the Federation of Professional Illustrators (FADIP), to produce a prize for illustrators who are members of the association.

The winner of the competition will receive a total of €2,200 (US$2,489) for their work, and those who are members of the federation’s professional illustrator associations can compete from Catalonia, Galicia, the Basque Country, the Community Valencia or Madrid.

Representatives of associations of publishers and illustrators from these regions of Spain, as well as representatives of Fira de Barcelona, ​​will serve on the judging panel for submissions, choosing three finalists who will each receive €600 (US$679).

These finalists, who must submit examples of their work as part of a style brief, will be announced to the public on March 15. They will then be invited to produce, by April 1, “an original, attractive and contemporary work”. design for the visual identity of Liber 2022. The concept should highlight the value of books and reading and should be used in both print and digital formats.

Jurors from the Publishers Association, the Book Promotion Division of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the Liber 2022 Organizing Committee and Fira de Barcelona will then proceed to select the image for the show. , with the winner receiving an additional €1,600 (US$1,810) for that €2,200 total.

The final winner will be announced on April 9, and the design will then be used in the show’s communications and collateral pieces.

The 2022 Liber race in Barcelona is scheduled for October 5-7 at Gran Via. It presents itself as “the main professional event in Europe dedicated to books in Spanish”. It is expected that this year’s participation could include more than 350 publishers and companies from more than a dozen countries. The show boasts of its business opportunities, business meetings and professional contacts “to boost national and international markets”.

For illustrators, all the details in the call for applications are here (PDF).

Trade visitors meet at a stand at Liber 2019 Madrid. Image: IFEMA

This is the 37th report of publishing awards or book awards from Publishing Perspectives in 38 days of publication since the start of our 2022 operations on January 3.


More information on the Spanish market here, more on book fairs and trade shows here, more on publishing and book awards programs here, and more on illustration here.

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About the Author

Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory, and was named International Business Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is editor of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson was a senior producer and anchor for CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute), he has collaborated with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which is now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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