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The purchase of your allocated book title is the entry fee to this event. It is $25 per entry. You may enter more than once. It is not necessary to buy the actual book – your research for your artwork can be done via the library or online, or however you like. (There’s no guarantee that we will have your book in stock.) Once registered, the title of your book will be marked on a list. Your artwork must demonstrate a clear connection with the book. We are a bookshop, so the more literary, the better! The Blarney Books Biblio Art Award is a non-acquisitive prize, and is open to all types of medium. Please note we do not issue refunds for the failure to submit / failure to submit by deadline. 

Dates & Prizes

  • Entry forms (see details below) must be submitted by the end of October.

  • The finalists will be notified by email over November of their selection and the delivery of these artworks must reach Blarney Books & Art by the end of 5 December to be eligible. (Please check your junk folders before contacting us!)

  • From these final artworks the (independent) judges shall pick one Grand Prize winner who will receive $2000.

  • The Junior category, also worth $250. These are for works completed by artists under 18 years of age.

  • Throughout the course of the exhibition, the public shall vote on their choice - the artist with the most votes will win the People’s Choice Award.

Entry Details

Please note:there is no further entry fee, once a title has been purchased. Online entry forms will be available sometime in October. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be kept informed.

• Each artist may submit artworks of any genre or medium, 2D or 3D – but artworks are not to exceed a size range of up to 100 cm x 100 cm.

• The entry forms must be accompanied with not more than a 200-word artist statement, and high quality photograph(s). Photographs must be colour photographs, and must show the entire artwork. Multiple photographs may be required for 3D items.

• Entry forms & photos must be submitted online.
• Late entries will not be accepted (withoutpriorarrangement).

The Boring Stuff
•All artworks are to be made available for sale. If the artist is registered for GST, the price must be GST inclusive.

• All sales are subject to a 25% commission so please remember to build that into your pricing.
• Finalists' works must be suitably framed for hanging and handling. A stretched canvas with hanger is considered framed. Pins and other forms of mounting or attachment directly to the wall are not acceptable.

• All works must be delivered fully assembled & ready to hang. Any necessary assemblage must be undertaken by the artist.

  The judges' decisions are final and no correspondence shall be entered into.
• The judging panel will comprise of independent professionals from the arts community.
• All artworks are to be labelled with the artist’s name, title of work, and sale price.

• Blarney Books & Art will exercise reasonable care with the work submitted but will not be responsible for loss or damage whatsoever to any work while in their custody. It is the artist’s responsibility to organise insurance, and collection.

• The artist shall be responsible for the cost of freight and freight insurance both ways. 

• All artworks are to be collected at the conclusion of the exhibition.
• Adequate precautions must be taken in packing of works as no responsibility will be taken for damaged or lost works. Packaging must be suitable for return.
• Entrants shall allow their works to be reproduced by print or electronic media and in any advertising and promotion during or after the exhibition period.
• Authorship of the artwork will be publicly acknowledged.
• Entrants will be responsible for satisfying copyright requirements, should they have quoted or reproduced from any previous printed or other material. AI-generated works will not be accepted.

Key dates

  • IMAGES of artworks ONLY to arrive via online submission forms by 31 October.

  • Emails sent out to artists selected for exhibition in November.

  • SELECTED artworks to arrive at Blarney Books & Art by 5 December.

  • Judging: 9 December 2023.

  • Exhibition dates: 9 December 2023 – February 2024. 


Is this prize open to people outside the local area?

Yes, the Biblio is in fact an international competition, however the bulk of our participants are from all over Australia and New Zealand.

How long is this competition open for entries?

As we require images of artworks at the end of October, we're keeping the competition open for entries until the start of October. Some artists are fast readers/workers, others need more time.


Are book titles unique to each artist?

As we are trying to raise the awareness of the books and spirits of the authors who have published in the last 12 months, any book title drawn from the hat is returned to the hat for a chance at redraw, so there is a fairly reasonable chance that another artist will be allocated the title you have received. All books in the hat have a good chance of being represented by at least one artist, and if several works are completed using the same title, that will make for interesting viewing!


Is this prize open to children?

Absolutely. This prize is open to everyone. Persons under 18 are not required to pay the entry fee, they can choose their own title as long as it's a work by an Australian author, and they are still eligible for (a) selection in the exhibition and (b) all prize categories if selected. 

After I've paid my entry fee, when do I receive my book title?

We try to send out emails within 48 hours of receiving an entry fee. If you haven't received an email from us within the week, please check your junk file first. (This has already happened more than once.) If no luck, please send us a polite email and let us know you're still waiting.


Will my work be part of the exhibition?

We will be selecting not more than 70 pieces for the exhibition over summer. More than that, it becomes a bit unwieldy. We run a concurrent online exhibition of all works submitted. Only those who are selected as finalists for the instore exhibition are eligible for the prizes.


Can I enter a 3D work?

Yes, absolutely. Any medium is welcome. The works just need to meet the size criteria of not greater than 100cm x 100cm x 100cm.

Is this like a visual book review?

No. Fortunately you don't have to love your book. Everyone responds to a book differently. We want to see an artwork inspired by your book - it could be inspired by the story, by an image in the book, by the cover of the book, by what the book made you think about. As long as you can explain your connection between book and artwork, we're happy. 

Should I share my work or my allocated book title on social media?

We would love it if you would share your allocated books - and we'd also love to see some progress shots of your work! 

Who selects the works to be exhibited?

There is a panel of three people who work behind the scenes in November selecting the works from all those submitted. There's a fair amount of arguing over pieces, but also much joy to be had in the process! 

Who are the Judges of the Biblio Art Prize this year?

This is currently TOP SECRET info and we'll release the names closer to the time.

I would like to sponsor this exciting competition - how do I go about that?

Please contact us by email -! We'd love to hear from more sponsors - every little bit helps! 

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