By Joel Friedlander
Welcome to the e-Book Cover Design Awards. This edition is for submissions during November, 2020.
This month we received:
We are once again pleased to welcome Tanja Prokop to The Book Designer as a guest judge this month. Tanja was born in Germany, but lives and was raised in Croatia. Her three beautiful daughters and her amazing husband are her biggest inspiration in life. She has an MA degree in German language and literature and philosophy. A few years ago she started her own design company and became a professional book cover designer. She designs covers, and is constantly creating new visual experiences for her clients. Tanja is also a multiple winner of various book cover design contests and has created thousands of covers. You can find her pre-made covers at Book Design Templates, or visit her site at www.bookcoverworld.com.
Comments, Award Winners, and Gold Stars
I’ve added comments (TP: ) to many of the entries, but not all. Remember that the aim of these posts is educational, and by submitting you are inviting comments, commendations, and constructive criticism.
Thanks to everyone who participated. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Please leave a comment to let me know which are your favorites or, if you disagree, let me know why.
Although there is only winner in each category, other covers that were considered for the award or which stood out in some exemplary way, are indicated with a gold star: ★
Award winners and Gold-Starred covers also win the right to display our badges on their websites, so don’t forget to get your badge to get a little more attention for the work you’ve put into your book.
Also please note that we are now linking winning covers to their sales page on Amazon or Smashwords.
Now, without any further ado, here are the winners of this month’s e-Book Cover Design Awards.
e-Book Cover Design Award Winner for January 2020 in Fiction
Ebook Launch submitted Red Right Hand designed by Ebook Launch. “I’ve submitted severeal sci fi book covers this month. This one has a bright palette and leans into the post-apoc sub-genre.”
TP: Amazing! Everything is beautifully done!
e-Book Cover Design Award Winner for January 2020 in Nonfiction
Matt Pais submitted Zack Morris Lied 329 Times! Reassessing every ridiculous episode of “Saved by the Bell” … with stats designed by Trent Koland.
TP: A great cover design.
Andrene Bonner submitted No Life in Olympic Gardens designed by Mirjana Krasojevic. “This is Book 1 of 2 from a three book literary series. The setting is late 1960s and early 1970s tropical Jamaica. The protagonist is an abandoned nearly illiterate boy.”
TP: The nice cover design.
Andrene Bonner submitted Long Walk to Cherry Gardens designed by Mirjana Krasojevic.
TP: A solid cover design with elements in its right place.
Cathy Cade submitted The Godmother designed by Cathy Cade. “A 15,000-word reworking of Cinderella, told from three POVs: Prince Alfred, Buttons the dog and Cindy-Ella’s godmother. Being no artist but an impoverished pensioner, I started with a Canva template.”
TP: This cover has a lot of potential and it simply looks like it should be tweaked a bit more. The visual features are a little bit all over the place and the textual areas aren’t where they should be.
Chip Conyers submitted Payton Finds His Purpose: A journey of spiritual awakening and Christian rebirth designed by Chip Conyers. “The scene and characters on the cover of this children’s book were hand drawn, scanned and then colored using Microsoft Paint.”
TP: It is pretty hard to read the textual parts on this cover.
David Willison submitted Finding Your Harpy Place designed by Stefanie Dworschak. “Key motifs include the magic artifact, the idea of an arduous journey, and the presence of the two protagonists in the image: a human, and a giant harpy.”
TP: A beautifully balanced cover design. Very nice! ★
Deborah Coonts submitted Deadfall designed by Glendon of Streetlight Graphics.
TP: This cover design is very eye-catching and very well done!
Deborah Stevenson submitted Pugs Wearing Parkas designed by Deborah Stevenson, Morgan Spicer. “Pugs Wearing Parkas is a children’s book in verse. The bright colors and engaging, mischievous expressions are designed to capture the interest of little readers and reflect the lighthearted, fun story.”
TP: The cover is very appealing and genre-appropriate.
Deborah Stevenson submitted Who’s First?: Chicken and Egg Book 1 designed by David Stedmond. “Who’s First? is a silly children’s book series about two indecisive best friends with a penchant for predicaments. The race scene on the cover sets the tone of friendly competition depicted in the story. The comical expressions and bright colors engage young readers.”
TP: A really nice cover design. I like the typography treatment.
Diane McGyver submitted Northern Survival designed by Diane McGyver. “The cover was created in InkScape. The images came from Pixabay.”
TP: The image combination looks very well, however, I would like to see a different typography approach. The two fonts used on the cover don’t work very well together.
Diane McGyver submitted the Salvation of Mary Lola Barnes designed by Diane McGyver. “The cover was designed in Inkscape. The images are from Pixabay.”
TP: Nice colors and image choice. I would only suggest a different font or a combination of fonts for the title and more inviting colors.
Ebook Launch submitted Resistor designed by Ebook Launch. “I’ve submitted severeal sci fi book covers this month. This one takes an illustrative approach and leans into the cyberpunk genre.”
TP: Beautiful work. Eye-catching and very genre-appropriate. Great job!
Helen V submitted The Watcher designed by MiblArt.
TP: A beautiful cover. Very nice typography.