What are publications and what do they stand for?

2020 has been a rollercoaster, bringing to the forefront topics of equality, justice, colonialism, capitalism, commoning, care, fear, death etc.
We would like to highlight and support the production and producers of 2020 with our first book award, which will be decided by online voters. We would like to support especially artists and publishers with small means, making meaningful and selfless work.

Artists and publishers from all over the world are invited to submit their production!

The 3 publications with the most votes will receive a cash prize of 500 CHF each to support their work. All of the submitted books will be showcased both online and at the Kunsthalle Zurich.

We will invite everybody to vote for their favorite publications of 2020.

Please submit your online application by October 18 and make sure your publication reaches us by post before November 1st!
All applications will be reviewed before releasing them online for voting and we will not accept any submissions with offensive content in any form (racism, sexism, etc. etc.)

The voting will be online on November 1 and will go on until November 22.
The winners will be announced and displayed at the weekend of VOLUMES at Kunsthalle Zürich.


  • Each publisher/artist can only submit one book
  • The book has to be published in 2020 (between January 1 and October 18)
  • Each publisher needs to fill out the submission form and e-mail it to [email protected] before October 18
  • A copy of the book needs to be sent to VOLUMES before November 1, we will not accept any books sent to us on a later date. All the books sent to us will not be returned afterwards but will be part of our VOLUMES archive and will be on display at VOLUMES as our annual International Open Call Exhibition
  • Each application needs to include a video of max. 3 min length to introduce the book. The publishers are completely free in which ever way they would like to do this. The video must be uploaded to Youtube and the Youtube-link must be sent to VOLUMES together with the submission form.

Please note, we will not accept any submission which does not meet the requirements
(submission form plus Youtube link (video max 3 min) by e-Mail and a physical copy of the book, everything to be received until November 1.

Shipping Address for the book:
VOLUMES Zurich Art Publishing Days
Goldbrunnenstrasse 140
CH-8003 Zürich