Awards: Barcelona’s ‘Liber 2022’ Illustration Competition

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Spain’s Feria Internacional del Libro, Liber 2022, is in Barcelona. It plans to award an illustrator for a new visual identity design.

At Liber Barcelona 2018. Image: Fira Barcelona

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

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

The Federación de Gremios de Editores de España (the Federation of Publishers’ Guilds of Spain (FGEE) is working with the Federación de Asociaciones de Ilustradores Profesionales, the Federation of Professional Illustrators (FADIP), to produce an award from illustrators who belong to the association.

The winner of the competition is to receive a total €2,200 (US$2,489) for her or his work, and those who are members of the professional illustrators’ associations of the federation can compete from Catalonia, Galicia, the Basque Country, the Valencian Community or Madrid.

Representatives of both the publishers’ and illustrators’ associations from those areas of Spain—as well as representatives of Fira de Barcelona—will jury the submissions, choosing three finalists who each is to receive €600 (US$679).

Those finalists—who must submit examples of their work as part of a dossier describing their style—will be announced to the public on March 15. They’ll then be invited to produce, by April 1, “an original, attractive, and contemporary design for the visual identity of Liber 2022. The concept should highlight the value of books and reading and it’s to 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 make the selection of the image for the show, the winner getting an additional €1,600 (US$1,810) for that €2,200 total.

The ultimate winner is to be announced on April 9, and the design will then go into use across the show’s communications and collateral pieces.

Liber 2022’s run in Barcelona is set for October 5 to 7 at the Gran Via. It reports itself to be “the main professional event in Europe dedicated to books in Spanish.” It’s anticipated that this year’s participation could include more than 350 publishers and companies from more than a dozen countries. The show touts its business opportunities, business meetings, and professional contacts “to boost both the national and international markets.”

For illustrators, full details in the call for submissions are here (PDF).

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

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


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

And more on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was 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 now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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