Rules updated in 2019


The books presented are aimed at an audience of young people with visual impairments (partially sighted or blind) from 0 to 12 years old.


The entries in the competition must be original creations (both text and illustrations) OR an adaptation of a published book OR an entry may be an adaptation of a work that exists in the public domain.

In all cases, all entries in the competition must be finished products rather than a work in progress.


Selection criteria: all entries must be as close as possible to the standard of a children’s book and respect the following points:

  1. Tactile illustrations, relief: Glued textures, thermoforming or embossing, fabric books accepted;
  2. Text: When the book has text, it must be very legible in large print (minimum 16 pt.) and in braille;
  3. Binding: The book must be open flat for tactile reading;
  4. Colors and contrasts: The use of strong and contrasting colors is desirable;
  5. Format: All formats are acceptable, but they must be easy for children to handle.


The entries in the competition must have been successfully tested with children with visual impairments in their country and approved by specialists of these children.


The entries for the competition must be accompanied by:

  1. A copy of the text in Word or .txt, on paper or digital, with the translation of the text in English and in French (you can use a free online translator such as DeepL);
  2. The Registration form containing all the information needed for returning the entries to authors. Take care in packaging your entry for shipment to the T&T national partner of your country’s national selection process.


The competition is open to all countries that have signed an agreement with Les Doigts Qui Rêvent, who is the chief organizer of the T&T competition.


Authors must send their artwork before the date set by their country’s T&T organizer. See the date on the site during the competition:


Each T&T national partner must complete and return the two spreadsheets (List of ENTRIES T&T and List of Judges T&T) 15 days before the international meeting to Sophie Blain (Les Doigts Qui Rêvent)

Without this two spreadsheets, the entries of these countries will not be accepted.


Each participating country sends a maximum of 5 entries to the country organizing the international level of the competition. See the website


Entries can only be submitted one time for the Typhlo & Tactus competition.


The entries and their photos can be used for advertising purposes and on the Typhlo & Tactus website and on all documents concerning the promotion of tactile illustrated books. (e.g. on the poster, on posters announcing T&T, or in Power Point presentations).


A European jury, made up of the founding member countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom,) meets every 2 years. It selects several entries from among the entries chosen and sent in by the various participating countries.

The judges award 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes; additionally, each judge selects a “Favorite” from all the entries present in the competition that year. 


Within 30 days of the announcement of the results, all the entries sent to the international competition will be returned to the T&T national partner in each country, which is responsible for returning these to their authors. Only the 1rst place entry will be kept in the archives of Les Doigts Qui Rêvent, in its International Museum of Illustrated Tactile Book (iMoTiB), in Dijon.


The TYPHLO & TACTUS group reserves the right to modify, amend or supplement these rules as well as cancel or postpone the competition. It should be noted that this competition is organized by the TYPHLO & TACTUS founding members on a purely free basis and that its responsibility can in no way be engaged for any reason whatsoever. More particularly, the TYPHLO & TACTUS founding members cannot be held liable for the expenses of authors for participation in the competition; these may not be the subject of any reimbursement and/or compensation.


As access to the competition is free, the TYPHLO & TACTUS founding members reserves the discretionary right not to follow up on the application of a particular participant.


Participation in this competition implies the pure and simple acceptance of these rules in their entirety.


The organization accepts no responsibility for the deterioration or loss of the book entries from the time they are entered into the competition until their return to the authors.

Thank you for participating and good luck!