Banned Books Week
Banned Books Trading Cards
Banned Books Week is an annual, national celebration of your freedom to read. Chapel Hill Public Library, in partnership with Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, celebrates by asking local artists to create original works of art inspired by a banned book or author whose work has been challenged.
Each piece represents the ongoing struggle for intellectual freedom and the dangers of censorship.
Open Artist Call 2022
The call for artwork for Banned Books Trading Cards 2022 is now open. Help us celebrate the freedom to read.
In conjunction with Banned Books Week, we're looking for original artworks on paper, inspired by books or authors that have been challenged, censored, or banned.
All entries will be displayed at the library during Banned Books Week. Seven works will be selected to be printed as trading cards. Selected entries will also receive $100 and a poster-sized print of their work. Learn more about eligibility and submission requirements at the link below.
Entries are due August 8.
Download a submission form
- Artists may submit up to three different works of art
- All work must be submitted on paper, even if created electronically
- All submissions must measure 5 inches wide by 7 tall inches (no horizontal artwork accepted) and have a ¼ inch margin on all sides. Here's how that looks.
- Each submission must be accompanied by a complete submission form
- Original artwork will be returned to the artist unless the piece is selected to be a trading card. Selected entries will be auctioned to support the non-profit Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library
To submit your work in the contest, bring the final physical hard copy and the accompanying paperwork to any service desk at the library, or mail entries to Chapel Hill Public Library attn. Kayna Baldwin 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
Check out our 2022 winning entries
By Liessa Bowen
By Susan Brubaker Knapp
By Amelia Brinson
By Robert Votta
About the Project
Chapel Hill Public Library, in partnership with Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, asks local artists and amateurs to make small (5” wide x 7” tall) original works of art on paper, inspired by books or authors that have been challenged, censored, or banned.
Based on their artistic excellence, seven of these works are selected by a jury to receive a $100 prize and become trading cards; artwork is featured on the front and an artist’s statement and information about the book or author are on the back. All entries are displayed in an exhibit at the library during Banned Books Week and beyond. Trading cards are distributed for free during Banned Books Week and beyond.
Banned Books Week is an annual national event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of intellectual freedom. Held during the last week of September, it highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the dangers of censorship by spotlighting actual and attempted banning of books. We coordinate this project to bring these important issues into the community’s conversation in a fun, interesting, and unique way.