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The Art Gallery of York University sponsors the race to the ABotM.


Now is your chance to be recognized.

The Art Gallery of York University is now accepting submissions to the AGYU Artists' Book of the Moment competition.

Following the closing deadline, our panel of adjudicators will assess all submissions. Taking into consideration their own eclectic tastes, the jury will select which books they deem worthy of the AGYU ABotM designation – a rare honour indeed!

The singular book that rises to the top of the ABotM will receive a cash award of $1,500 (Canadian funds, of course).

Submission Deadline is 18 January 2010.

Submission guidelines:
  1. Read the full rules (see below).
  2. Complete the ABotM submission information form (even further below).
  3. Send the book(s) you wish considered for the AGYU ABotM competition to the Art Gallery of York University along with printed submission information for each entry.
  4. Books must be received by the AGYU by January 18th, 2010. Do not send books COD.
  5. Email the required submission form to
  6. Wait for the results of the adjudication.

ABotM Rules:

Yes, there are rules.

  1. The “A” in ABotM is silent.
  2. All books submitted to the ABotM competition should already be published (e.g., no prototypes or maquettes) and exist in either editions of more than 20 or as open editions. The ABotM is directed towards content-driven artist's books. For the purposes of this contest, we will not consider catalogues, portfolios, or promotional material.
  3. There are no restrictions on date or location of production. There is no limit of the number of submissions you may make.
  4. There is no submission fee. No submissions will be returned, however. Over the course of the submission and assessment period, all the books will be publicly accessible in the lobby bookstore of the AGYU. At the end of the competition, all works will be placed in our newly-developed artist's book resource centre or other suitable collection. Those retained by the AGYU will continue to be accessible to the public by appointment.
  5. All books deemed worthy of ABotM designation will be featured on a section of our website dedicated to artist's books along with contact information on the artist(s) responsible. In addition, qualifying artist's will receive proper notification and acknowledgement as well as a frameable certificate attesting to the designation.
  6. Any submission to the competition is considered tacit agreement to the terms of the competition (especially rule number 5).
  7. Follow all submission guidelines.

ABotM Submission information to include with your entry:

  • Title of work
  • Artist name[s]
  • Press/imprint
  • ISBN (if applicable)
  • Dimensions
  • Retail Price
  • Edition size
  • Supplier/contact person
  • email address for contact person
  • mailing address for contact person
  • website
  • 200 – 300 words describing the submitted title
  • 200 – 300 words describing the press and/or artist
For more information please contact:
Michael Maranda, assistant curator
Art Gallery of York University
Toronto ON (Canada)

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