Call for Submissions — Emerging Artists Publication Series


Prin­ted Mat­ter calls for sub­mis­sions for a new Emer­ging Artists Pub­lic­a­tion Series. Five selec­ted artists will work with the sup­port of Prin­ted Mat­ter and a ded­ic­ated design­er to real­ize indi­vidu­al pro­jects…

Books will be pub­lished in a loose seri­al­ized format and share a com­mon dimen­sion, spine and colo­phon, but the con­tent will oth­er­wise be left to the artist. This Emer­ging Artists Pub­lic­a­tion Series is made pos­sible by the sup­port of the Jerome Found­a­tion, and is open to indi­vidu­als with a leg­al address in the five bor­oughs of New York City.

Sub­mis­sions are open to emer­ging artists whose prac­tice has demon­strated a com­mit­ment to exper­i­ment­a­tion with­in the artists‹ book medi­um in unusu­al and excit­ing ways.

We would like to see pro­pos­als that give atten­tion to the detail­ing of a strong concept, show an interest in pro­cess and tech­nique, or that touch on the social, polit­ic­al, demo­crat­iz­ing pos­sib­il­it­ies of the book as a form. We are inter­ested in receiv­ing pro­jects we haven’t pre­vi­ously seen and that feel innov­at­ive to the artists‹ book field.

Broadly speak­ing, Prin­ted Mat­ter is inter­ested in pub­lic­a­tions that have been con­ceived as art­works in their own right, rather than books that doc­u­ment work cre­ated in anoth­er medi­um. Pro­pos­als should not be a con­ven­tion­al cata­log of art­works, tra­di­tion­al artists‹ mono­graph, chap­book, or oth­er straight­for­ward works of fic­tion, non-fic­tion or poetry, as these fall out­side our scope.

Sub­mit­ted pro­pos­als will be reviewed by a com­mit­tee made up of Tauba Auerbach (Artist), Dav­id Seni­or (Bib­li­o­graph­er, MoMA Lib­rary), Gar­rick Gott (Con­sult­ing Design Dir­ect­or, Prin­ted Mat­ter) and James Jen­kin (Exec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or, Prin­ted Mat­ter).

Selec­ted artists will have the option of work­ing with design­er Gar­rick Gott, who is avail­able to help ready art­works and files for print. He will also assist with logist­ic­al con­sid­er­a­tions for pro­duc­tion, includ­ing ques­tions around paper stock, print­ing pro­cess and bind­ing, and ensure the com­ple­tion of the pro­ject with­in budget.

In addi­tion to aid­ing the pro­duc­tion of the book, Prin­ted Mat­ter is com­mit­ted to offer­ing full organ­iz­a­tion­al sup­port for the pro­ject bey­ond the pub­lic­a­tion date. This will include a press announce­ment, a launch event, the oppor­tun­ity for an in-store and win­dow exhib­i­tion at Prin­ted Mat­ter, and wholesale/​institutional offer­ings to book­stores and lib­rar­ies, as well as oth­er sup­port (see below).

Your pro­pos­al should include work that best rep­res­ents the inten­ded pro­ject. Pub­lic­a­tions need not be in fin­ished form, though we would like to see sub­mis­sions that are care­fully con­sidered. While we have delib­er­ately giv­en some lat­it­ude, pro­pos­als should feel coher­ent and per­suas­ively demon­strate to the pan­el how the pro­ject in form­a­tion will make a great book.

You might con­sider sub­mit­ting the fol­low­ing at your dis­cre­tion: a detailed pro­ject sum­mary, examples of pre­vi­ous pub­lished or applic­able work, images (with cap­tions where appro­pri­ate), com­posed or found text, oth­er source mater­i­al and frag­ments. We ask that you please do not over­whelm the judges, and that your pro­pos­al focuses on qual­ity and not quant­ity. Be sure to include con­tact inform­a­tion, includ­ing full name, address, tele­phone num­ber, and email address.

All items should be sent as attach­ments in a single email to submissions{at}, with the sub­ject line EMER­GING ARTISTS_[YOUR NAME]. Emails should not exceed 10 MB.

Unfor­tu­nately, due to the expec­ted volume of sub­mis­sions, we will not be able to acknow­ledge the receipt of applic­a­tions, and will only be able to noti­fy selec­ted applic­ants.

All book pro­pos­als must be sent by Monday, August 10, 2013. Any applic­a­tions sent after this date will not be con­sidered. Selec­ted applic­ants will be noti­fied by Septem­ber 10, 2013 with the expect­a­tion that work on the first two sched­uled pro­jects will com­mence in the fol­low­ing weeks. The five books in the series will be pub­lished over the course of a year.

Sup­port from Prin­ted Mat­ter

  • $1,500 artist fee
  • Print­ing and design costs paid (with­in pro­ject budget)
  • Option­al access to a design­er, who will aid as needed in ready­ing pub­lic­a­tion for print
  • A launch event at Prin­ted Mat­ter or at our NY Art Book Fair or LA Art Book Fair, or pos­sibly anoth­er major fair atten­ded by the organ­iz­a­tion, includ­ing Frieze NY, Basel, Miami Basel, LA Con­tem­por­ary, Inde­pend­ent, NADA, and Chica­go Expo
  • Press announce­ment of pub­lic­a­tion via Prin­ted Matter’s social media
  • Oppor­tun­ity for in-store exhib­i­tion and win­dow install­a­tion
  • Inclu­sion in Prin­ted Matter’s dis­tri­bu­tion pro­gram and offer­ings to lib­rar­ies and insti­tu­tions

Addi­tion­al Print­ing Con­sid­er­a­tions
Our goal is to define a mod­est iden­tity com­pon­ent through­out the series, while main­tain­ing the integ­rity of indi­vidu­al pub­lic­a­tions. Spe­cif­ics will be dis­cussed with selec­ted applic­ants, but a few con­sid­er­a­tions include:

  • A mod­est trim size (57 to 7 x 9 inches), which will be determ­ined by Prin­ted Mat­ter and will be con­sist­ent for all pub­lic­a­tions in the series
  • The edi­tion size will be lim­ited to 250 – 500 cop­ies and we may need to adjust the print run for some pub­lic­a­tions to con­form to budget
  • A page count of approx­im­ately 64 pages or less, which can vary from pub­lic­a­tion to pub­lic­a­tion and may need to in some cases, in order to con­form to budget
  • An eco­nom­ic­al bind­ing meth­od, which may be lim­ited as part of the series iden­tity but would include only soft­cov­er formats such as per­fect bind­ing (cold glue) or saddle-stitched (stapled) bind­ing. Hard cov­er books will not be with­in the budget para­met­ers
  • Paper choices may be lim­ited to a menu but we will make avail­able a vari­ety of basic paper types. Extra thick, tex­tured, or colored papers (mill orders) will most likely not be avail­able, but we can, for instance, print sol­id col­or to sim­u­late a colored paper, which often can be both cheap­er and offer a wider lat­it­ude with match­ing your col­or selec­tions
  • Our goal will be to offer a vari­ety of print­ing pro­cesses (off­set or digit­al off­set, riso­graph, and xer­ox, for instance) as well as the pos­sib­il­ity of mix­ing pro­cesses or papers, but in the end, these con­sid­er­a­tions will need to be bal­anced by budget con­straints for your pub­lic­a­tion and the series as a whole
  • Lim­it­a­tions around the ink and print­ing pro­cess may be informed by the 5 pro­jects as a whole, after we have chosen the sub­mis­sions to be pub­lished. Full col­or (cmyk) print­ing will be an offer­ing but every pub­lic­a­tion may not require this and keep in mind that mono or duo­tone print­ing may allow for oth­er cus­tom­iz­a­tion options with your pub­lic­a­tion. Cus­tom ink col­ors such as metal­lics or fluor­es­cents will be con­sidered but may res­ult in oth­er trade-offs to con­form to budget

About the Prin­ted Mat­ter Pub­lish­ing Pro­gram
Among the vari­ous non-profit ser­vices and activ­it­ies provided to book artists, Prin­ted Mat­ter has a long his­tory of work­ing to sup­port artists in the pro­duc­tion of new books. The launch of the Emer­ging Artists Pub­lic­a­tion Series is one of three streams in a newly revised pub­lish­ing effort that strives to offer new oppor­tun­it­ies to a diversity of artists. A second branch will embrace works with a strong social or polit­ic­al con­science, includ­ing over­looked clas­sics, and oth­er pro­jects that are import­ant to the field of artists‹ books as a whole. Lastly, the pro­gram will under­take a series of more ambi­tious pro­jects aim­ing to show­case some of the excit­ing pos­sib­il­it­ies with regards to tech­nic­al pro­duc­tion of edi­tioned book works, includ­ing our pop-up book with Tauba Auerbach, [2,3], and Sam Falls‹ STU­DIO SPACE PRINT / TIME.

Please note that out­side of this par­tic­u­lar call for sub­mis­sions Prin­ted Mat­ter does not take unso­li­cited book pro­pos­als.

Pub­lish­ing Sup­port
Prin­ted Mat­ter has received fund­ing in sup­port of our pub­lish­ing activ­it­ies from the fol­low­ing: Harpo Found­a­tion, Fur­ther­more Found­a­tion, NYSCA, Jerome Found­a­tion, Gesso Found­a­tion, The Hor­ace W. Gold­smith Found­a­tion, Andy War­hol Found­a­tion for the Arts and Indi­vidu­als