FAQ

Yes, it’s possible to take part with a group project with two or more authors. Should the winning design be a collective or group project, the award will be divided among the authors and the publication agreement drawn up in the name of all the authors.

Yes, it is possible to enter a maximum of three projects per author. Each project should be individually registered as it is not possible to send more than one project at the same time: therefore the enrolment process should be repeated for each project entered.

The author has to register his or her project with a pen-name because the projects presented to the International Jury during the selection process for the final entrants are anonymous. The PDF file should have only the author’s pen-name followed by the title of the book, for example: Penname-TitleoftheBook.pdf

The Jury will only be able to identify the entries sent to them by means of the title and pen-name as used by the authors.

It is obligatory to put the title on the cover, while inclusion of the author’s pen-name is optional and at the author’s discretion.

Yes, the cover should be illustrated on both front and back pages.

No, the pages used for endpapers, title pages, colophons, blank pages  etc. are not included in the number of double pages chosen among the three possibilities and should not be inserted in addition to these.

Endpapers, title pages and other informative pages will be included and defined by the publisher as necessary at the time of printing, should the book project be selected as the winning entry.

No, the layout should consist exclusively of the front and back cover and the number of double pages chosen by the author from the three options as specified in the rules. Pages used for endpapers, title pages, colophons, blanks etc are not included in the number of double pages listed in the three possibilities and should be added to these.

Endpapers, title pages and other informative pages will be included and defined by the publisher as necessary at the time of printing, should the book project be selected as the winning entry.

No.

There is no limit to the number of illustrations per double page and/or the cover. You can choose a double page for a single illustration, r two pr more illustrations for each double page.

Illustration layout and margins are up to the Author; they can be framed, trimmed (with no margins) cropped, etc. and as many as the Author deems opportune, necessary and essential for telling the story.

Any written characters or numbers are allowed inside the illustrations provided they have only a decorative  and not fictional function. Keep in mind that what may seem insignificant for one language, may not be so for another, especially for languages that use or do not use ideograms, Cyrillic characters etc..

Photographs or any part of them taken from or reproduced from magazines or other publications may not be used if subject to author’s copyright and currently being used by third parties. For further information, check section 9 of the Rules of the Silent Book Competition – Regulations for taking part before using non-original images.

No. The book project should be presented on double pages with a open format of 57cms in width by 28.5cms in height.

No, all the illustrations from the book project included in the layout have to be final versions, both those on the cover and those inside.

No, original versions or printed versions of the final illustration do not need to be sent. Should your entry be selected among the final entries, the Secretary’s office will tell you what material you should send for the exhibition.

No, the layout should only be sent as a PDF file and when you are completing the on-line enrolment. Should your project be selected among the final entries, the Secretary’s office will tell you what material you should send for the exhibition.

No, the layout should only be sent as a single PDF file.

Don’t send layouts in separate (more than one) PDF files.

If during the enrolment and layout upload process the file that you are trying to send is either bigger than 10 Mb or in a different format, it will be rejected and it will not be possible to complete the enrolment procedure.

To create a PDF file with a maximum size of 10 Mb, you should use the following procedure (to create a PDF file of the layout  you should use InDesign or another page layout software):

1  Before putting it into the layout file, save the illustrations file in JPG format with the RGB Generic colour profile and not in CMYK (you should only use the .jpg maximum quality format with a resolution of 100 or 150 dpi max.)

2  Save the layout file ashigh quality PDF (available in the default options in Adobe PDF from InDesign  and /or Photoshop)

3  Select the ‘Spreads’ option

4  Do not create PDFs with tags

5  Only export visible layers

6  Do not include bookmarks, links, anything that cannot be printed, such as guidelines and grids

7  Use JPEG compression with “high” image quality

8  Do not include indicators for press or printing  marks 

9 – Do not use colour converters and do not include color and print profiles

For further information on creating PDF files:  http://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/exporting-publishing-pdf.html

The layout PDF file should only be named with the author’s pen-name followed by the title of the book, for example: Penname-TitleoftheBook.pdf

Be careful: when naming the PDF file, do not leave spaces between the words and only use hyphens or underscores to separate the author’s name from the title. Do not use numbers, symbols and special characters and do not cancel the .pdf tag.

Yes, it is possible to replace the PDF file. Enter in your personal area with the personal code and password that you have received at your e-mail address, click REMOVE AND REPLACE and follow the instructions.

WARNING: it is possible to replace a PDF file only once.

Finalist will be announced few weeks before the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Their name will be communicated on the website and on the Facebook page.

The winner is usually announced in May. The winner’s name will be communicated on the website and on the Facebook page.