Opening: November 11, 2019
Deadline: January 20, 2020
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: publication of book, exhibition in London
The MACK First Book Award is a publishing prize open to artists who have not previously had a book published. The award was established in 2012 to support emerging artists and bodies of work that find a voice through the book form.
Each year, our jury creates a shortlist of the ten best submissions. The winner will receive the opportunity to collaborate with MACK in publishing their book project. The winning book will be announced and launched at Photo London in May 2020, alongside an exhibition of the work at Somerset House.
The Award has helped to further the careers of previously unknown and emerging artists, offering both shortlisted artists and winners unique exposure on an international scale. The winning project from 2018, TTP by Hayahisa Tomiyasu, received critical acclaim and is on its third edition. Many of the shortlisted artists have gone on to be represented by galleries and to exhibit internationally; Joanna Piotrowska, winner in 2014, has had recent solo shows at Kunsthalle Basel and TATE Britain, and Sofia Borges, winner in 2016, was included in the MoMA New Photography 2018 exhibition.
Over the years, artists that did not win but made it to the shortlist have been published by MACK, including books by Aleix Plademunt, Carly Steinbrunn, Ivars Gravlejs, and Kevin Lear. Numerous of the shortlist have also gone on to find publishers for their book projects.
We are looking for unique work of high quality and encourage artists of all ages and nationalities to submit their book projects.
- Entries are only accepted from artists who have not previously had a book published.
- All submissions must either be unpublished or self-published book projects. Books that have already been published by a third party publishing house will not be considered.
- Submissions must consist of coherent book projects and not portfolios of images in book form.
- All submissions must be received as printed book dummies. Digital submissions in the form of PDFs, ebooks or apps will not be considered.
- Any text within the book must be supplied with an English translation.