Call for Entries


For the fifteenth time, the Society for the Promotion of Printmaking and Book Art Leipzig is awarding the international Walter Tiemann Prize.

The Walter Tiemann Prize is awarded to works of book art. Entries must contain typographically designed texts. Works may contain illustrations executed in any printmaking technique. Innovative designs that are consciously related to the texts’ subject matter are expressly called for. We welcome editions by publishing houses as well as self-published books and works printed in short runs. Unique items, handwritten works, and book concepts which are still at the draft stage are excluded.

Prizes and Jury

Three prizes will be awarded: a main award that comes with 5000 euro prize money, and two prizes worth 1500 euro each.

The main award may be shared by two or more competitors. Prizes will be awarded by an independent jury of five international experts. The jury’s decision is final.
The jury members are:

  • Ludovic Balland CH
  • Lilla Hinrichs DE
  • Kerstin Forster CH
  • Gesine Grotrian DE
  • Bernd Kuchenbeiser DE

Entry Rules

The competition is open to all, except members of the current jury.

Applicants may submit up to three titles that have been published not before January 1, 2018. Series (works containing more than one book) count as one title. Entries must arrive in Leipzig by January 15, 2020. To assist the jury, please enclose a brief printed summary of the text of the submitted works (in German or English). The organiser accepts no liability for any loss of or damage to the submitted works related to transport or other causes.

A fee of 50 euro is charged per application, irrespective of the number of submitted titles. Students are charged 30 euro (please enclose a proof of enrolment). A request for payment will be forwarded to you with a letter that confirms the arrival of your works.

The call for entries for the Walter Tiemann Prize 2020 is closed.