It is with a great deal of sadness that we must announce the Society of Bookbinders International Bookbinding Competition 2021 has been postponed. This is certainly not a decision we have taken lightly, but after much discussion it became evident that this is the most sensible option. The competition will now proceed in 2022. 

There is an ever-growing list of factors that contributed to our decision, with quite a few factors relating to the impact of COVID 19 on competition activities. We spent a great deal of time organising alternative arrangements and contingency plans, but it has become apparent that current developments are too unpredictable for us to continue. As I’m sure you will appreciate, the safety of everybody involved must remain top priority. 

The Society of Bookbinders biennial conference and competition have been closely linked for many years, with the competition exhibition and prize-giving ceremony occurring at the conference. When it was confirmed that the 2021 conference had been postponed, we decided it was crucial to maintain the link between the two events. This news reaffirmed our thoughts, and we took the decision to postpone the 2021 competition to coincide with the 2022 conference.

We sincerely hope you will understand and support our decision. The competition will be far greater and more exciting next year with the ability to host a full exhibition of all bindings entered. We will also have more freedom to expand the touring exhibition of prize-winning bindings across the UK. The 2022 competition structure will remain the same, with fantastic prizes awarded over five main categories. 

You can continue to be updated with news and information via the mailing list, please register you interest HERE. Please do also keep an eye on the competition’s Facebook and Twitter pages, you can find links below. (please can we keep the Facebook and Twitter link buttons?)

Please contact Competition Organiser Ben Hendy if you have any questions:

competition@societyofbookbinders.com

Best wishes,

The Competition Team