Pictorial Print Division (PPD) Photo Book Essay Contest

Book Essay Contest

‚úČ Susan Cowles, FPSA, GMPSA, EFIAP·

» June 1 (no contest in 2020) - Pictorial Print Division: PHOTO BOOK ESSAY CONTEST Entry Deadline -

PLEASE NOTE FOR 2020 - DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS, THIS COMPETITION HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR 2020. For next year, 2021, two books may be entered to make up for 2020. For any books sent for 2020, the authors have the option of having them held or mailed back via book rate.

The Print Division is always looking for new ways to get members involved in printing their images. This competition encourages Pictorial Print Division members who create their own books to share their creations. With the ease of building a book and lowering costs, more people are getting involved with all types of books. Most publishers have made it easy with free layout software.


Enter the Contest
Please download, print and send in entry form with your entry.  All entries should be sent to the competition director at the address on the entry form.

» PPD Book Contest Entry Form - pdf (updated February, 2020)

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  • Conditions of Entry
    This contest will be open to any subject matter. Books can be photos only or with text that tells a story.  They can be hardbound or softbound with no restrictions on type of paper.  Size will be limited to 11 X 14 rectangular or square formats.  Pages will be limited to 80 (40 pieces of paper, each side being a page).  Entries must be a printed book, not an electronic copy. 

    Each entrant may enter only one book.  Contest is open to PSA members only.  While there is no charge for the competition, each entrant must supply return postage in order to get a book returned. We will do our best to protect the condition of each book entry, but cannot be held responsible for loss or damage.
  • Judging and Awards
    Contest will be judged by three qualified judges.  Any name of the maker on the book will be covered during judging.
    • First, Second, and Third Place will be awarded depending on how many books are received.  
    • 10% of entries awarded HM, a minimum of 1 HM will be awarded.
    • The name of the  Awarded Books and authors will be on the PPD Division website and awards mailed.
    • By entering this contest entrants give PSA permission to show their essays at the PSA Conference and on the PSA website and for advertising future PPD Book Essay Compititions.
    • Photo Book Essays receiving a First, Second, or Third place Division Medal  or an HM ribbon earn four (4) acceptances and two (2) title credits that can be applied to PPD Star Ratings 1 to 5 Mono or Color depending on the section entered. Essays receiving a First, Second, or Third place medal or an HM ribbon earn three (3) acceptances and one (1) title credit that can be applied to PPD Galaxies 1 to 10. Diamond Ratings are excluded from receiving acceptance/title credits from this contest.
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  • Return Postage
    Return Postage for return of book:  $6.00 for USA; $10.00 for Canada and Mexico and $15.00 for all other countries.  You can include US Cash or US Check made out to PSA.