Registration is open till 12 January 2020


Please note: books can be delivered every day between 9 am and 5 pm, only NOT from 24 to 28 December and on New Year’s Day.


1 To be eligible for selection a book must fulfil at least two of the three following requirements.

The work, which need not be in Dutch, must have been:

  1. published by a publisher established in the Netherlands;
  2. designed by a person holding Dutch nationality or resident in the Netherlands;
  3. printed by a printing business and/or lithographed by a lithography business and/or bound by a binding business established in the Netherlands.


2 On registering for the selection the registrant must donate to the Foundation two copies of each work; five further copies must be provided if a work is selected as one of the Best Dutch Book Designs.

For more details see the Rules.


All books can be submitted

There are five categories from which a total maximum of 33 Best Dutch Book Designs can be selected. They are:

  • Prose, poetry or graphic novels
  • Informative nonfiction (from cookbook to history to doctoral thesis)
  • Art, photo and architecture books
  • Books for children and young people
  • Others

So the selection is open to books of any genre, be it prose, poetry, cookery, history, art, bibles, philosophy, corporate publications, and so on.


Entry fee & payment

The registrant pays €75 for the first title and €50 for each further title.

You pay directly through Ideal. You can also pay later: after the registration period you will receive an invoice and you can pay by bank, but for this we will charge € 7,50 (administration costs).


Judging Panel

In each individual book the panel of expert judges looks for a combination of design, printing and binding skills and overall concept, in the last of these also taking into account differences in budgets and target group. This year’s panel consists of Jeremy Jansen (designer), Mijke Wondergem (designer), Eelco van Welie (managing director, NAI010 publishers), Martijn Kicken (consultant, Tielen printers) and Suzanna Héman (assistant curator, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam).


Student panel

This year there will once again be a separate judging panel consisting of five students who will make their own selection of 33 books. The five all come from top Dutch art colleges (Werkplaats Typografie Arnhem, ArtEZ Hogeschool van de Kunsten Arnhem, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Den Haag (KABK), Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht and the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam). Their selection will be placed on the website at and will have its own catalogue.

The Best Dutch Book Designs 2019 will be submitted for the international judging in Leipzig. Both Dutch and international selections will be announced on 5 March 2020.


Photograph: The books, 2015, Lynne Leegte.