leaflet and form (PDF)
(323 KB; 2 pages)
Binders from all over Europe take part in the annual Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition. Recent winners have hailed from Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands, as well as Scotland and England.
Initiated by the Library in 1993, the competition recognises excellence in the field of craft bookbinding.
The competition was sponsored by Mrs Elizabeth A Clark (formerly Soutar) of Moray from 1993 until her death in 2008, and has been continued with support from the Magnus and Janet Soutar Fund.
Creative and craft binding categories
The competition aims to encourage the practice and development of both creative and craft binding skills which display individual expression and originality. The judges look for a best creative and a best craft binding. Each category carries two prizes — a main prize of £1,200 and a student prize of £600.
We define a student as any person receiving full-time training or education in bookbinding. We consider all student entries for both the main and student categories, but a maximum of one prize can be awarded to an entry.
We ask entrants to submit a binding that has been bound using materials of their own choice. It is a condition of entry that winning bindings must be donated to the Library to join our collection of fine bindings.
Winners of the 2016 competition were announced in February 2017.
- Download the 2017 bookbinding competition leaflet and form (PDF) (323 KB; 2 pages)
- Read about the 2016 Bookbinding competition winners
If you have queries about the Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0)131 623 3860.