‘The Most Beautiful Czech Books of the Year’ competition (MBCBY) looks at the polygraphy, graphic and illustrative aspects of books that are published by Czech publishers and printed by Czech printing companies during the previous calendar year.
The Most Beautiful Czech Books of the Year Award is bestowed in seven categories and students works category. Each of the categories has three awarded places, the first prize worth CZK 50,000.
Furthermore, the Museum of Czech Literature and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague give a prize for a graphic artist aged under 30; the Arno Sáňka Award presented by the Museum of Czech Literature goes to student works; other awards are bestowed by the Association of Czech Bibliophiles; the Association of Czech Graphic Artists HOLLAR Prague; the Czech Union of Graphic Design; and the Association of Printing Companies (Svaz polygrafických podnikatelů).
The competition is announced in November, the application deadline is in the mid-January; the award ceremony takes place in April.
The awarded books go on display in the MCL; the international book fair Book World Prague; the festival Tabook; Designblok; the Moravian Gallery in Brno; and many more. The competition co-organizer, the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, arranges for participation in the most beautiful book international competitions or fairs and expos.
The Competition is directed by:
Zdeněk Freisleben, Director of MCL; Blanka Skučková, the Department Head, Depart. of Literature and Libraries, Ministry of Culture; Bohumil Fišer, Depart. of Literature and Libraries, MC CR; Eliška Boumová, the Competition Secretary.