Edible Book Festival

Update 4/1/19: We are disappointed to announce that we did not receive enough entries to hold the contest.  Therefore the Edible Book Festival has been canceled.

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Official Rules & Information

What is an Edible Book Festival?

Edible Book Festivals feature projects made of edible materials which draw inspiration from a book or story. The projects may resemble a book, or feature aspects of the story itself. Judges select winners from several categories such as “Best Literary Pun” or “Tastiest Looking”. This festival is a great way to celebrate books as well as culinary arts.

Who May Enter

Open to all library patrons ages 10 and older. Patrons may enter as individuals or as a group.

How to Enter

Pick up an entry form at the Circulation desk or enter here

The deadline to register is Sunday March 31st, 2019 at 5pm. No exceptions.

Will Judges Taste my entry?

No! While the entry must be composed of edible materials, they will not be judged on taste. Entries will be shared among attendees after the awards ceremony.


All Entrants will receive a custom Marple Library apron for participating!
People’s Choice (1 Winner)
  • Trophy
  • Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet
Best Literary Pun (AKA Punniest) (1 Winner)
  • Trophy
  • Amazon Gift Card $50
Best Presentation (1 Winner)
  • Trophy
  • Amazon Gift Card $50
Best Young Adult Entry (Ages 10-18) (1 Winner)
  • Trophy
  • Amazon Gift Card $50


Our guest judges will be announced soon so check back!

The Young Adult prize is only available to entrants ages 10-18.

The “People’s Choice” award will be determined by tickets which the public can purchase and place in a voting bin for each entry. Tickets will cost $1/ticket, or $3/5 tickets.

General Requirements

  1. Entries must be 95% edible (for example you may use skewers or supports to steady your creation, but you cannot have the bottom 2 layers be Styrofoam just to add height.)
  2. A list of ingredients must accompany each entry.
  3. You may free-hand any cover art if desired.  Please refrain from using copyrighted materials or images, such as images printed on edible paper.
  4. By entering this contest, the creator of the entry is giving the Marple Public Library permission to photograph and publish information on the edible creation and its creator (You may opt out of having your name or picture displayed publicly)
  5. Your entry must relate to a literary work. Either a book, poem, or essay.
  6. Do not submit anything which requires refrigeration. Entries must be able to sit at room temperature for 3-4 hours without collapsing or going bad.
  7. If you have any questions please contact Bridgette at the library at (610) 356-1510.

Contest Day: April 7th, 2019

  • 1pm Entry Drop-off and set-up. All entries must be in the building by 1:30pm or they will not be judged.
  • 1:30pm Entries will be open for public viewing, people’s choice voting, and Judging. Judges may ask you for more information about your entry, so be sure to stay near your table.
  • 2:15pm Public Voting closes.
  • 2:20pm Awards Ceremony. Judges picks will be awarded first, followed by People’s Choice.
  • 2:30pm All entrants and the public are welcome to share in eating the edible entries! The library will provide drinks.

Need some inspiration?  Check out these Edible Creations here