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Louisville Book Festival

2020 Poster Contest Rules

We are inviting you to showcase your artistic talent and your love for reading by participating in the Louisville Book Festival’s poster contest. The winner will have their artwork on display at the Louisville Book Festival, reproduced on the cover of the festival program and other LBF publications, and have their photo and biography included in the festival program and on the website.

Please read the poster requirements and criteria carefully. Only posters that meet the poster requirement criteria will be considered.


Contest is open to all artists in all age groups in all states in the U.S.A. Students are encouraged to enter!

How to Enter:

All submissions must include a fully completed Entry Form. Entrants may submit as many times as they like. Each submission counts as a single entry.


Posters must be submitted no later than April 30, 2020 at 11:59 EST. Late entries will not be accepted. A winner will be selected June 1, 2020. Please note that all artwork submitted becomes the sole property of the Louisville Book Festival, is retained and will be reproduced.

Poster Requirements: (Entries will be eliminated if requirements are not followed exactly)

  • Use only 11” x 17” paper VERTICAL only!!
  • Must be your own original artwork
  • Must include the words “2020 Louisville Book Festival”
  • No syndicated, copyrighted, clipart images or characters
  • No glue, No glitter, No attachments, No signatures on front of poster
  • All posters should be reflective of the Louisville Book Festival theme:
    • Books, literacy and enlightenment or human rights

Poster Submission:

Each poster must have the entry form and entry fee. Only ORIGINAL artwork will be considered. A poster not accompanied with the entry form will not be eligible for further judging. The posters, with entry form must be mailed or delivered by April 30, 2020 to:

Louisville Book Festival

Attn:  Sarah New

1230 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, Suite 100

Louisville, Kentucky 40222

Entry forms can be submitted online, please include a copy of the completed entry form with your mailed or delivered poster submission.

Judging Criteria

  1. Poster meets the poster requirements listed above
  2. The poster message is clearly conveyed by the text and artwork.
  3. The poster shows creativity and originality.
  4. The poster shows visual clarity and can be easily read.
  5. The entry form is completed entirely and submitted with the poster.