Call for submissions: First Book Award 2019

For the first time since the Award was founded in 2012, submissions are not limited to nominated projects but are open to all emerging artists/photographers who have not had a book previously published.

The call for submissions emphasises a predilection for projects intended for book form: photographic works that find a voice through the book.


The First Book Award is a photography prize for photographers and artists who have not previously had their work published by a third party publishing house. This does not include self-published books or print-on-demand projects.

    - Submissions must consist of coherent book projects and not portfolios of images in book form.

    - Any text within the book must be supplied with an English translation.

    - All submissions must be received as paper book dummies. Digital submissions in the form of PDFs, ebooks or apps will not be considered.

Submissions must be received between 12 November 2018 - 21 January 2019. Submissions received before or after these dates will not be considered for the prize.

Please include your current email address, contact details and return address as part of your submission.

Book dummies will not be returned unless packaging and full postage is included. Books will be returned in April 2019, after the shortlist has been announced. Neither MACK nor any of the sponsors will be held responsible for loss or damage to books submitted.


A panel of judges including writer and artist Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, Sarah Allen (Tate), Emma Bowkett (Financial Times), Polly Fleury (Wilson Centre for Photography) and Michael Mack, will together assess all submitted dummies, shortlisting ten. From the shortlist, a single project will be chosen as the winner to be published by MACK.

The winning project will be announced at the opening of Photo London at Somerset House, London, in May 2019 and the book will be published in time for that announcement.

The winning artist will exhibit their work in a special display devoted to their work at Photo London 2019, in an exhibition to coincide with the award announcement.

Please send submissions to:

First Book Award, MACK, Studio E, Ground Floor, Emperor House, Dragonfly Place, London SE4 2FL

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