FAQ – Miss Read


Miss Read is an annual art book fair and festival taking place in Berlin. Miss Read also publishes books, produces radio and creates events throughout the year.
Since 2009, Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair brings together a wide selection of the most interesting artists/authors, artist periodicals and art publishers and is accompanied by a series of lectures, discussions, book launches and workshops exploring the boundaries of contemporary publishing and the possibilities of the book. In 2023, Miss Read presented 340 exhibitors from 55 countries.

The annual Conceptual Poetics Day explores the imaginary border between visual art and literature.

There is Free Entry to Miss Read fair and programming.

Miss Read strives to showcase a wide range and scope of artists’ books and publishers. Breadth in both the publication format and how you publish (e.g. collective, institutional, DIY, small press), as well as international representation and identity, are taken into consideration.
To be eligible to apply:

  1. You must have a publishing practice, whether large or small in scope. We are looking for demonstrated dedication to publishing and an engaging catalog of published works. This Fair is generally not suitable for showcasing a single title or single book project.
  2. You must publish, sell, and/or distribute art books or artists’ books.
  3. Your books must be available for sale, although you may include free items (i.e. digital works, zines, stickers, etc.).

We aim to prioritize artists and publishers who are devoted to the printed medium and to contemporary artist publications. We are looking for practitioners with an on-going publishing practice — this roughly translates to at least a handful of publications per exhibitor.

You can apply on missread.com. There is no fee to apply. You must create a free account to submit. Please make sure your account is connected to an active email address.

No, we do not have a format to showcase individual publications. We are looking for exhibitors who have an ongoing publishing practice (around 5 publications or more)

Exhibitor Applications are open through April 15. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, as we will begin assigning spaces on a rolling basis before this date. To secure your participation, payment is due within two weeks of notification. We anticipate that we will confirm all placements in June. We appreciate your patience.

Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair is an inclusive curated event. Places are limited and there is a selection process involved. The venue capacity for our 2024 edition is 300+ exhibitors.

All applicants will be notified by June 25.

Yes. We aspire to be as fair as possible and know first hand that a horizontal rate can still exclude participants from certain social groups.

Table fees are kept as low as possible in the spirit of gift economies and are tiered.

Note that the fee is per exhibitor (remains the same in joint tables) and covers all three days of the event.

Yes! All exhibitors with a table are required to be present during the fair and responsible for their table, publications and sales. The only exception is the table-sharing program.

In an effort to expand distribution networks and relationships with presses beyond those in the West, we’re exploring a table-sharing program in which EU-based exhibitors share a table space with international publishers who are unable to travel to Berlin.

International exhibitors, unable to travel to Berlin, would ship their books to and from the fair. Hosts to international exhibitors would take care of these books during the fair and account for sales (if applicable) in direct contact. Miss Read is only involved with the allocation of the space.

If you are interested to participate, please click the related box in the application form.

Exhibitors are solely responsible for the shipment of their books from and to the fair. We will share information as to the timeline and shipping details in the info sheet that will be sent to confirmed exhibitors.

In 2024 we are offering a support program dedicated to BIPOC artists and small independent publishers. We hope this opportunity can redistribute necessary resources while strengthening our connection to the flourishing creative work happening in these communities. The program entails a fully sponsored (free) table and modest financial support.

Miss Read 2024 will host a wide range of programming, ranging from lectures, readings, screenings, and performances, to more site- specific interventions such as workshops, partnerships with community organizations, and more. We will continue our long-standing series, the Conceptual Poetics Day, which explores the imaginary border between visual art and literature. Additional programming, including musical performances and radio, will be developed during the Fair’s production.

Please submit programming proposals in your Miss Read 2024 application. Due to the high volume of submissions, we are unable to respond to each proposal.

If you are interested in partnering with the Fair and proposing an offsite or online program series, please also share it in your application or write to coordinator@missread.com.

As an event oriented to community building we are open to create partnerships with cultural institutions, organizations or brands that share this vision. If you are interested in becoming a partner or sponsor please send us an email to coordinator@missread.com.

Yes. We offer 3 month long internships throughout the year and are looking for volunteers during the fair weekend. We are assembling an incredible team to help support exhibitors and visitors during the Fair weekend. If you would like to contribute, please write to presse@missread.com.