Submit your photobooks! 

This open call emphasises photographic projects intended for the book form; visual artwork that expresses itself in the photobook medium. Submissions can include texts, collages and experimental methods to photobook-making.

This call is open to all ages and nationalities. Selected entries will be exhibited at a showcase in January 2021. Do note that this showcase, whether physical or not, will be determined by the Covid-19 situation at that point in time. A digital showcase will be in place in the event that a physical one will not be possible. 


We have partially resumed our operations and you can now submit your books to us!

Currently, all submission fees will be waived till 30 JULY 2020. After which, a reduced fee still applies. We hope that this little gesture will serve to support all you artists out there to pull through this trying time!. All the best (:


Open Call Exhibition


submission dates

Early Bird:

30 July 2020

Final deadline:

30 November  2020


Jan 2021


to be determined


  • All submissions must either be unpublished or self-published book projects. Book previously published by a third-party publishing house will not be accepted.

  • Submission must consist of one hard copy of each book title sent to THEBOOKSHOW. Digital submissions such as PDFs, ebooks or apps will only be accepted if submitted with an appropriate device for showcase is included.

  • Entries must consist of a coherent book project. Compilations of portfolios or catalogues will not be accepted.

  • All text within the submission must be supplied with an English translation. 

  • For Early birds, do fill in the application form and submit your physical copy by 30 JUL (postmarked). There will be no need to make payment for your submission.


Physical book submissions must be received by 30 Nov 2020. 

Entries received after these dates will not be accepted.

Submission Instructions

  • Application fees and the submission form below has to be submitted before the printed book is sent to us.

  • Please indicate Artist Name_Project Title on the package when sending out the printed book.

  • If submitting more than one project, please complete each project on a separate application form. Multiple books can be mailed to us in the same package.

  • If submitting on behalf of multiple artists, please indicate Company_Artist Name_Project Title on the envelope instead.


Please mail your printed copies to the following address:



Book Submission

63 Hillview Ave, #10-06A

Lam Soon Industrial Building

Singapore 669569

Entry fee

In light of the current Covid-19 Pandemic, we have decided to reduce out submission fees below. For those who have submitted previously, a refund will be issued to you soon!


Early bird: submit before 30 JUL 2020 for your fees to be waived! Physical books to be postmarked by the deadline.


Per Title



S$ 30

S$ 15

S$ 15

S$ 5

PayNow/ PayLah! users, please send your submission fees to THEBOOKSHOW by scanning the QR code below or to mobile number 97738700.

When making payment, do remember to leave a reference note during payment in the format Artist Name_Book Title. (Do use shorter title names if it exceeds the character limit)


Submissions can be returned after the showcase from July 2020 onwards


  • If you would like your book returned, you must include a paid postage of sufficient value along with your submission.

  • Please include return packaging with your submission.


Do note that neither THEBOOKSHOW or any of our partners are liable for any loss or damage to your books submitted.

Jury Panel


Renée Ting is the festival director of the Singapore Art Book Fair, an annual multi-day festival specialising in contemporary art books & zines. She is also the former manager and creative director of BooksActually, where she helmed some of their major projects including the Book Vending Machine, and the 24-Hour Bookstore Event.

Leanna Teoh is the co-founder of THEBOOKSHOW and a curator. She has curated New Margins and First Draft, exhibitions centring the photobook medium. Recently, she was selected as a New Curator with European based platform, Parallel and curated a magazine exhibition for YET magazine that is set to launch in Jul 2019. Her passion for the book medium is derived from the believe that it can bring about a change and build the love for art.

to be announced...

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