Annual Awards Program

THE SOCIETY OF BIBLE CRAFTSMANSHIP ANNUAL AWARDS COMMITTEE, CATEGORIES & CRITERIA 

I. COMMITTEE 

The society’s awards committee will consist of J. Mark Bertrand (committee chair), Dr. William Krewson (Cairn University), and Karen Poth (Creative Director, Museum of the Bible). Klaus Krogh will serve as the committee’s special advisor and secretary. 

II. CATEGORIES 

The society will honor the highest achievements in four categories, and one honorable mention. 

  1. Excellence in Classical Design This award recognizes the edition that best embodies the tradition and legacy of Bible publishing, making excellent use of the classical canons of design. 
  2. Most Innovative Edition This award acknowledges the edition that makes the boldest, most innovative contribution to Bible publishing, inspiring forward-looking creativity. 
  3. Best Economy Edition This award highlights the best example of good design paired with economical production, making excellence available to the widest audience.
  4. People’s Choice Award This award is selected by the members of the Society to recognize the edition which best exemplifies their vision of Bible craftsmanship. 
  5. Award of Honor: Distinctive Craftsmanship The society will also award a distinction of honor to an organization or individual who has made a worthy contribution to Bible craftsmanship during the year. 

III. CRITERIA 

Each edition submitted will be judged on six criteria and awarded a score between 1 and 5. The scores will be shared with the publishers to encourage improvement. The six criteria are: 

  1. Textual Representation How well the overall design contributes to the reception of the text 
  2. Typography How well fonts are chosen and type is set 
  3. Layout How well the page is designed
  4. Paper How well the paper chosen suits the design
  5. Printing How well the design is printed
  6. Binding Materials How well the book is bound

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please note that only those who have purchased the International Bible Society Membership and Bible Publisher and Trade Membership may apply to send Bibles.

Application