New small hardback from Hamish Hamilton out next week (7th).
The Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD) would like to announce the launch of its annual cover design competition and awards evening.
The first competition will be open to any cover produced for a book published between January 1 and December 31 2013 by a British Designer.
Designers may enter their own work or the work of other designers.
Entry is free.
The competition will have ten categories:
Children's, Young Adult, SciFi/Fantasy, Mass Market, Literary Fiction, Crime/Thriller, Non-fiction, Series Design, Classic/Reissue and Women's Fiction.
The entries will be narrowed down to a shortlist of 6 books in each category by a committee of ten designers (the judges on this committee will reflect the broad range of categories and will change each year).
Final judging will take place at the ABCD's inaugural awards night in February next year, with each person present able to vote for an overall winner in each category. A small prize will be presented to each of the ten winners. Entry to the event will be free and open to any book cover designer.
The Academy's website will display the shortlisted covers and overall winners.
The Academy is committed to making the awards to be as inclusive as possible. Work that traditionally gets overlooked by other competitions despite being highly original, well executed and relevant will be recognised, because the judges (as fellow book cover designers) will be fully aware of the conditions in which the work was produced.
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I have been working on this Hitchcock series for Il Saggiatore in Italy. More covers to follow soon.