Partner of the competition: Canon 





The MBCBY 2021 Schedule

16 November 2021–⁠28 February 2022 | Online applications (only in Czech)
March 2022 | Competition Jury meeting and Nominations Announcement
23 May 2022 | Prize-giving Ceremony

The Most Beautiful Czech Books of the Year’ competition (MBCBY) is held by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the Museum of Czech Literature. MBCBY competition looks at the polygraphs, graphic and illustrative aspects of books that are published by Czech publishers and printed by Czech printing companies during the previous calendar year.(copyright page)

The Most Beautiful Czech Books of the Year Award is bestowed in seven categories and student works category. Each category has three places to be awarded, the first one being awarded by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic worth CZK 50.000.

Furthermore, the Museum of Czech Literature and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague give an award to 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 Union of Polygraphic Enterpreneurs (Svaz polygrafických podnikatelů).

The competition is announced in November, applications deadline is in the mid-January, and 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 LITR Olomouc,Tabook, Designblok, the Moravian Gallery in Brno, etc. The books awarded also participate in the Best Book Design from all over the World, international 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; Eliška Boumová, the Competition Secretary.