The Southern Books Competition
The Southeastern Library Association started the competition in 1952. Trade publishers, university presses, specialty publishers, and private presses – located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico – are eligible to enter the competition.
The competition represents the Association’s commitment to the book as a vital part of library service. Awards are made on the basis of design, typography, and quality of production. Judges are knowledgeable book people associated with book design, binding, printing, bookselling, publishing, and librarianship.
After award-winning books for the biennium are exhibited at the conference of the Association, they are available for a traveling exhibit for loan to institutions and organizations that wish to display them. A permanent archive is maintained at the W.T. Young Library at the University of Kentucky and the Lexington Public Library in Lexington.