2015 DeGolyer Bookbinding Competition

Guidelines for Submission


Submissions will be accepted from July 01, 2014 to January 31, 2015.


The competition is open to all bookbinders who are American citizens, living either in the U.S. or abroad.

Competition book details

Bernard C. Middleton, The Restoration of Leather Bindings (Chicago: American Library Association, 1976) has 14 signatures, each containing 8 leaves, for a total of 224 pages. Measurements for the text block can be seen in the image below.

Entry Instructions

Each entry must include:

  1. Your design proposal for binding Bernard C. Middleton, The Restoration of Leather Bindings (Chicago: American Library Association, 1976).
    1. Your design proposal should be mounted on 4-ply matboard, 32 inches by 20 inches.
    2. It should depict your design for the outside (front, back, spine, and enclosure if applicable), doublures or endpaper, and any unusual structural feature. Below is an example of a submitted design proposal:

      Lawrence design proposal
      2012 Design Proposal by David John Lawrence
    3. Any medium may be used in making your proposal, which should be finished suitably for exhibit. Include swatches of all materials you intend to use in your final binding and match the colors as accurately as possible. All materials should be adhered to the matboard.
    4. Your depiction may be smaller than the actual book, but reduced no more than 50%.
    5. Your name should appear only on the back of the design board.
  2. Your sample binding.
    1. Your sample binding should be an example of recent work that reflects your current level of craftsmanship and techniques you have proposed in your design for The Restoration of Leather Bindings.
    2. Please send your sample binding within an enclosure such as a phase-box, slipcase, or drop-spine box.
  3. Your Career Statement/Design Intent form (click here to submit online).
    1. Please complete all the required fields (marked with an asterisk).
    2. This form may accompany your sample binding and design proposal or be submitted online.
    3. To print this form click here.

Submitting your entry:

  1. You may mail your entry through USPS to:
  2. Bridwell Library
    Attn: Mr. Jesse Hunt
    P O Box 750476
    Dallas, Texas 75275-0476

  3. Or you may ship your entry via FED EX or UPS to:
  4. Bridwell Library
    Attn: Mr. Jesse Hunt
    6005 Bishop Boulevard
    Dallas, Texas 75205

  5. Or you may drop off your entry at the Bridwell Library circulation desk during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, excluding university holidays. For university holidays (listed as exceptions) please visit www.smu.edu/Bridwell/About/Hours. The library's physical address is:
  6. 6005 Bishop Boulevard
    Dallas, Texas 75205

Returning your entry:

  1. If you mail or ship your entry to Bridwell Library we will return it by USPS, FED EX or UPS, unless you request otherwise.
  2. If your drop off your entry at the library we will call or email you when it is ready to be picked up.