Competition results

On April 12th, the Jury:

Krystyna Lipka-Sztarbałło (Warsaw) – chairperson of Jury
Magda Kłos-Podsiadło (Wytwórnia Publishing House, Warsaw)
Dorota Hartwich (Format Publishing House, Wrocław)
Barbara Kęsek (Znak Publishing House)
Ewa Kokot (InSea Poland and The Silesian Library, Katowice)
Justyna Szklarczyk-Lauer (ASP w Katowicach)

on examining 120 works by 90 authors,made a decision about the division of the award pool and qualified for a post-competition exhibition 54 works by 45 authors.

The authors of the awarded works will be named during a celebratory opening on May 11th, at 5p.m., in the Academy of Fine Arts' Roundabout Gallery.

A list of authors and works qualified for the exhibition:



May 11, 2018 marks a new edition of “A well designed book – let’s start with children” which includes a competition, conference and series of exhibitions – all dedicated to children’s book design.

Children are most critical readers. They pay close attention to detail and undertone, which often go unnoticed for grown-ups. “A well designed book – let’s start with children” is a cultural platform and through its subject matter – children’s book illustration – focuses on education and gives children the opportunity to learn and develop the habit of reading thanks to art, original design solutions and aesthetic care for detail.

The event has enjoyed big interest both from its participants – debuting illustrators and designers – and the academic circles. Publishers and promoters of reading and the beautifully published children’s book consider it to be one of important factors in the development of children’s book market in Poland after 2000.

“A well designed book – let’s start with children” is a cultural project merging several events: a competition for the best book design for the youngest readers, a scientific conference dedicated to children’s book design, and numerous exhibitions.

Beside the exhibition of the results of the international competition for students and graduates of artistic and design academies, this year there will also be an exhibition “Tu Czy Tam”, presenting the output of 14 renowned illustrators of young and middle generations: Edgar Bąk, Maciek Blaźniak, Katarzyna Bogucka, Iwona Chmielewska, Agata Dudek, Emilia Dziubak, Małgorzata Gurowska, Monika Hanulak, Marta Ignerska, Agata Królak, Patryk Mogilnicki, Anna Niemierko, Ola Płocińska and Dawid Ryski.

It is worth a notice that several of them are also the winners of early editions of this competition!

The complete programme of the event will be available soon, and the call for competition works is already open!

Idea of the competition

The competition seeks to review illustrations and books dedicated to children, executed within education programmes of the artistic higher schools. The objective is to drive attention to the needs of youngest readers and to respect for design principles which should be applied when creating children’s books, as well as to promote young creators on the publishing market.

In the competition, the prizes will be awarded to the best projects, in which individuality and artistic originality go hand in hand with form proper for the reader’s age. The works will be evaluated by the group of experts, professionally connected with the children’s book market.

The competition invites submissions of projects of sets of illustrations, complete books, as well as designs of book apps.

Competition Terms and Conditions and Entry Form are to be found in the section below.

 We are waiting for your works until April 9, 2018!

The celebratory announcement of competition winners will take place on May 11, 2018 during the opening of post-competition exhibition at the Roundabout Gallery of Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice.

We invite all students and graduates (2016–2017) to participate in the competition!

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