1. General Trade

Published primarily for their content, but may include illustrations and photo sections. Sub-categories include:

  • Hardcover Fiction
  • Hardcover Nonfiction
  • Adult Graphic Novel
  • Cookbook
  • Poetry
  • Quality Paperback

2. Special Trade

Designed to maximize their illustrative appeal. Subject matter may be highly specialized or of a general nature. Sub-categories include:

  • Fine Art Under $75 (Retail)
  • Fine Art Over $75 (Retail)
  • General Book
  • Gift
  • Photography

3. Children’s Trade

Primarily for young readers and may vary in subject matter. They might be highly illustrated or have innovative nontraditional elements. They may also feature attachments that support the editorial content and promote participation and experimentation. Elements intended to support the editorial content of these books must be incorporated into the book or be physically attached. Sub-categories include:

  • Hardcover Picture Fiction
  • Hardcover Picture Nonfiction
  • Hardcover Young Adult Fiction
  • Hardcover Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Novelty (includes books with distinct elements such as die-cuts, multi-product, pop-up books, and board books)
  • Young Adult Graphic Novel
  • Young Adult Illustrated Novel

4. School Publishing

Textbooks intended for classroom use and purchased by schools and/or undergraduate students. Sub-categories include:

  • Elementary
  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • Ancillary

5. Scholarly & Professional

Geared toward upper-level graduate students, professionals, or libraries. Sub-categories include:

  • Reference
  • Scholarly
  • Business

6. Self-Published Covers/Jackets

Submit PDF of printed cover via the entry form as an upload to our website.


Please note: the Book Show committee reserves the right to combine categories depending on the number of entries.