JUNE 10, 2020


In light of recent news concerning New York-area publishers’ logical reluctance to return to office settings prior to September of 2020, New York Book Show co-chairs Zachary Lutz and Peggy Samedi have begun to reimagine proceedings for its 34th year.

Considering its emphasis on and celebration of the physical book, the 34th New York Book Show will expand its scope to encompass those titles published in 2019 as well as 2020. To accommodate this shift, all in-person events (including receipt of physical submissions, judging, showcasing) will be rescheduled for the spring of 2021. Actual dates are still to be determined, but, an official announcement of a slate of events will follow later this year.

Please note submissions already received and funded will join this wider field of entrants. Should such entrants wish to exit the Show as a result of this announcement, all requests for refunds will be honored.

We will continue to monitor the industry as it reopens, and remain committed to the health and safety of our volunteer base and participants, in addition to the the various non-book industries our Show impacts.

What is the New York Book Show?

The New York Book Show is an annual showcase established in 1985 and celebrating excellence in book design, production, and manufacturing.

We endeavor to catalog outstanding examples of print books published in the previous year as judged by a panel of industry professionals.

The show is submissions-based, and totally coordinated by a committee of volunteers remaining active throughout the year.