So You Think You Can Code

Attend ebookcraft and win $2,500 with your #eprdctn prowess


The 2019 Grand Prize Winner has been announced! Katy Mastrocola has won SYTYCC 2019. You can read or watch the full announcement here.


For So You Think You Can Code 2019, we’re inviting competitors to join us in Toronto so we can help you create the best possible submissions for our annual ebook design competition.

Attend ebookcraft’s workshop day on Monday, March 18, and put the lessons learned throughout the day to work in the EPUB that we’ll provide to all workshop attendees the day prior. There will even be a session at the top of the day to work through some common solutions and best practices with SYTYCC in mind, led by a veritable expert in the field. Then take a few days to put the finishing touches on your ebooks (and ask any questions you may have) before you submit.

Every competitor who submits a valid EPUB by the deadline will receive a 25% discount to ebookcraft 2020! (Plus an awesome badge you can put on your social media profiles to show how dedicated you are to great ebook design.)

What’s at stake:

The SYTYCC 2019 Grand Prize Winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500 CDN from Rakuten Kobo, a Kobo Forma e-reader, a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, and a three-month subscription to FlightDeck courtesy of Firebrand Technologies. We will also sing your praises from the (virtual) rooftops for days and days.

How to participate in SYTYCC 2019:

  1. Register for ebookcraft! At minimum, you must be attending the workshop day on Monday, March 18. (But you would be missing out if you didn’t also attend the main day on Tuesday, March 19.)

  2. All attendees registered for the workshop day will receive The Official Messy EPUB and any other information needed to compete by 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 17. Make sure to check the email you used to register when looking for those files.

  3. Show up on March 18, attend the workshops, and work on your file! Your submission will be graded according to the following criteria: fine typography; meets accessibility standards; device agnostic; rich navigation; ingenuity/creativity of design; adherence to standards; errors caught and fixed; HTML updated to provide proper semantic markup; and, semantic inflection.

  4. Prepare a short brief (one page, max) explaining your process and rationale.

  5. IMPORTANT! Please refrain from including any identifying details in your submission or brief, as they will be anonymized for the blind judging process.

  6. Submit your beautiful EPUB and brief to by 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 24.

  7. The judging panel will review the submissions and announce a winner on Tuesday, April 2 live on Facebook!

Not sure if you can make it to Toronto for ebookcraft? Here are some tips for asking your workplace or school to lend some support, and check our FAQs for information on flight and hotel discounts. Make sure you’re registered for ebookcraft or signed up to our Tech Forum & ebookcraft mailing list if you want to hear updates on the competition and the winner announcement.

THE FINE PRINT: Contrary to previous years of the competition, only attendees registered for ebookcraft’s workshop day on Monday, March 18 are eligible to compete; we will not accept submissions from anyone not in attendance. No two-person teams will be allowed; one entry per person and one person per entry, please. No entry fee required.

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