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What is an edible book?

It is a creative, sometimes funny interpretation of a book in print that is created from food (cake, candy, vegetables, bread, etc.).

The International Edible Book Festival is an annual event held on April 1st to celebrate the birthday of Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin. Groups or individuals are invited to submit edible entries that must "be 'bookish' through the integration of text, literary inspiration or, quite simply, the form."

Entries will be accepted from individuals or two-person teams.

Note: There will be a separate UNLV staff and UNLV student contest for each of the categories listed below.

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When: April 9, 2014

  • Set-up 10:00am-10:50am
  • Viewing and Voting for/of entries 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Tabulating of Votes and Judges' Deliberation 1:00pm-1:30pm
  • Winners announced and photographs taken 1:30pm

Where: Lied Library, Amargosa Room, 1st Floor


Getting Started


  1. Not sure what an edible book looks like? Take a look at images of entries in other edible book contests.
  2. Pick a title from the examples at OR search the library catalog.
    • Entries must be based on items owned by the UNLV Libraries.

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Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin



Contestants must be current UNLV students or Staff

Entries will be accepted from individuals or two-person teams.

Entries must be based on items in the UNLV Libraries collections

Contestants are responsible for delivering their entries to the designated location during the designated time period to qualify and must set up entry by 10:50 am on April 9, 2014.

Entries not retrieved by 2:00 pm on April 9, 2014 will be discarded.

Entries should not be larger than 2 feet wide by 5 feet long.

Electricity and fans for cooling will be unavailable for entries; therefore, items should not decompose in less than four hours.

Ingredients for entries must be edible, the only exception is the base to support the entry. Note: due to food safety concerns, the entries will not be consumed by guests or judges.

Entries that have been plagiarized from other Edible Book festivals will be disqualified.

Entries with offensive images or language will be disqualified at the discretion of the event committee.

Contestants authorize the UNLV Libraries to use any images taken for publicity, which may include posting to websites and social media.

Awards for Students (Note due to NSHE regulations we are unable to offer this prize to staff who enter the contest - other awards will be given)

  • $200 in Rebel Cash for Best Overall
  • $100 in Rebel Cash for the remaining categories

Awards will be given in the following categories, and will be judged for creativity and visual appeal by the UNLV Community.

  • Best Overall: The UNLV Community will vote for this category
  • Judges Choice: Guest Judges will determine the winner for the following
    • Most Creative
    • Best of Fiction Genre
    • Best of Non-Fiction Genre


Please email Lateka Grays at with additional questions.

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