Monthly e-Book Cover Design Awards

by | Aug 25, 2011

I knew that the idea of an e-Book Cover Design Award was a good one when people started to submit their covers in the comments of the article, even though I said I was just thinking about it!

So I gave in to necessity. Now I’ve set up a submission page, and invite your entries.

Here’s what I hope we’ll get from this:

  • Have a look at a range of e-book cover designs—sometimes you can learn a lot by looking at books outside your genre. I know I’ve often picked up graphic and marketing ideas that way.
  • See what other self-publishers are doing with their e-book covers—I’m amazed at some of the e-books and covers people send me in email to have a look at. The creativity people bring to this challenge is pretty amazing.
  • Get inspiration for your own cover design efforts—this is true throughout the design world. Every designer has a “swipe file” or “morgue” or tearsheets with particularly attractive elements. I once designed a book based on a graphic I saw in Oprah magazine, and it turned into a very effective book design.
  • Learn why some covers work better than others—sometimes you have to ask yourself, “what were they thinking?” when you see little thumbnails that are straight reductions of a print book cover, and are now unreadable. Isn’t the book worth more than that?

Lots of e-books are being published every month. Every one of those e-books has to have a book cover of some kind. And even though it’s a bit of an anachronism to even call them “book covers” since there is no physical book and therefore no book cover at all, we seem to have agreed on the term. If a collection of digital music files can have an album cover, I suppose a collection of digital text files can have a book cover.

Let’s Have Some Rules, Please

Here’s how I’d like to run this so we can all get something from it:

  • Use the submission form.
  • Please link to a cover at least 200 px. wide (and preferably at least 300 x 300 px.).
  • Please send URLs that go directly to your e-book cover images, no Facebook pages or designer portfolio pages where we have to scan through to find the cover you want to submit. You can usually get this URL by right mouse clicking on the image on the website and selecting “Copy image URL” and send us that URL.
  • There is no restriction on publication date, but the e-books must be published at the time of submission, and I’m interested in current trends.
  • No PDF e-Book covers, that’s a different genre entirely.
  • No HTML e-Book covers.
  • Only the author, the publisher, or the designer can submit a cover, no “third parties.”
  • Only one submission per e-book allowed. We will not accept submissions for previously submitted, even if redesigned, covers unless the submission is for a second edition of an e-book (different ISBN).
  • No inappropriate subjects, please.
  • Although all covers that meet submission criteria will be published, not all will receive critiques.
  • We reserve the right to remove any entry for any reason.
  • New –> Submission limits: Maximum of 3 submissions (1 submission = one standalone cover or a series design with up to 3 volumes from the series) per month per category (fiction/nonfiction).

I’m looking forward to seeing what arrives in the inbox. Every calendar month we’ll collect the submissions and publish them, so you can put yours in any time, no worry about deadlines.

Thanks for participating. I can’t wait to see your books.

Badges for Winners

Badges will be sent out by email to the submitters of the winning Fiction, Nonfiction and Gold Star entries in the week following the publication of the awards post. These badges can be shared with the associated e-book cover designers and/or authors and linked to the post featuring the winning submission.

e-Book Cover Design Awards Post Publication Dates

2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, December 2019 – January 27, 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, January 2020– February 24 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, February 2020 – March 30, 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, March 2020 – April 27, 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2020 – May 25, 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2020 – June 29, 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2020 – July 27, 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2020 – August 31, 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2020 – September 28, 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2020 – October 26, 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2020 – November 30, 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, November 2020 – December 28, 2020

Past e-Book Cover Design Awards

2020

e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, March 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, February 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, January 2020
e-Book Cover Design Awards, December 2019

2019

e-Book Cover Design Awards, November 2019
e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2019
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2019
e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2019
e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2019
e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2019
e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2019
e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2019
e-Book Cover Design Awards, March 2019
e-Book Cover Design Awards, February 2019
e-Book Cover Design Awards, January 2019

2018

e-Book Cover Design Awards, December 2018
e-Book Cover Design Awards, November 2018
e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2018
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2018
e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2018
e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2018
e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2018
e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2018
e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2018
e-Book Cover Design Awards, March 2018
e-Book Cover Design Awards, February 2018
e-Book Cover Design Awards, January 2018

2017

e-Book Cover Design Awards, December 2017
e-Book Cover Design Awards, November 2017
e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2017
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2017
e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2017
e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2017
e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2017
e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2017
e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2017
e-Book Cover Design Awards, March 2017
e-Book Cover Design Awards, February 2017
e-Book Cover Design Awards, January 2017

2016

e-Book Cover Design Awards, December 2016
e-Book Cover Design Awards, November 2016
e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2016
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2016
e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2016
e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2016
e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2016
e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2016
e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2016
e-Book Cover Design Awards, March 2016
e-Book Cover Design Awards, February 2016
e-Book Cover Design Awards, January 2016

2015

e-Book Cover Design Awards, December 2015
e-Book Cover Design Awards, November 2015
e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2015
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2015
e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2015
e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2015
e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2015
e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2015
e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2015
e-Book Cover Design Awards, March 2015
e-Book Cover Design Awards, February 2015
e-Book Cover Design Awards, January 2015

2014

e-Book Cover Design Awards, December 2014
e-Book Cover Design Awards, November 2014
e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2014
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2014
e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2014
e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2014
e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2014
e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2014
e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2014
e-Book Cover Design Awards, March 2014
e-Book Cover Design Awards, February 2014
e-Book Cover Design Awards, January 2014

2013

e-Book Cover Design Awards, December 2013
e-Book Cover Design Awards, November 2013
e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2013
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2013
e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2013
e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2013
e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2013
e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2013
e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2013
e-Book Cover Design Awards, March 2013
e-Book Cover Design Awards, February 2013
e-Book Cover Design Awards, January 2013

2012

e-Book Cover Design Awards, December 2012
e-Book Cover Design Awards, November 2012
e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2012
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2012
e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2012
e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2012
e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2012
e-Book Cover Design Awards, May 2012
e-Book Cover Design Awards, April 2012
e-Book Cover Design Awards, March 2012
e-Book Cover Design Awards, February 2012
e-Book Cover Design Awards, January 2012

2011

e-Book Cover Design Awards, December 2011
e-Book Cover Design Awards, November 2011
e-Book Cover Design Awards, October 2011
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011 Part 4
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011 Part 3
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011 Part 2
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011 Part 1
e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011 Award Winners
e-Book Cover Design Awards, August 2011

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95 Comments

  1. Patricia Annalee Kirk

    You say you want published books. I guess that eliminates pre-orders? My book is scheduled to be published on July 1, 2017. Do I understand that I submit in June? Do I link to the Amazon cover?

    Reply
    • Shelley Sturgeon

      Hi Patricia,

      Yes, the ebooks must be officially published at the time of submission. We don’t accept pre-orders in the contest. If your book isn’t published until July, you cannot submit it until July. The post featuring July’s submissions will be published in August. And, yes, please link to Amazon if that’s where it is going to be published. We’ll need a link to verify publication and sometimes use the image file from the Amazon listing for our post.

      Shelley

      Reply
  2. Lucía

    I’m eager to participate in this contest. I’m currently improving my skill making book covers. But I’ve got a couple of questions: A book in Spanish woul qualify? And what about if it’s a free e-book or a Wattpad story?

    Reply
  3. Mindy Shelton

    Am I overlooking the cover design contest for September ’16? Or are you posting soon?

    Reply
    • Joel Friedlander

      Hi Mindy. September’s post will appear on Monday.

      Reply
  4. David

    Will you be posting results for June sometime soon?

    Reply

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