9th Annual Contest Open to all Michigan High School Students
The Kerrytown Bookfest is pleased to announce that the 2016 Book Cover Design Contest is open and accepting submissions. The contest, in which students are asked to redesign an existing book cover, is now in its 9th year. “It’s always such a thrill to see the student’s creativity.” says Kerrytown BookFest President, Robin Agnew. The contest is open to all Michigan High School students and it is one of the most successful and creative elements of the BookFest. “It’s a great way to bring in new lovers of books and the art of book design.” says Agnew.
This year students are asked to create a new cover for Of Scars and Stardust, the debut novel by Andrea Hannah. Hannah’s crime thriller will have readers guessing whether the mystery is paranormal or psychological. Kirkus Reviews calls the book an “intriguing puzzle.”
Copies of the book can be mailed directly to students or picked up at Aunt Agatha’s Bookshop, 213 S. 4th Avenue in Ann Arbor.
The author will serve as one of the judges for the contest, along with noted YA author, David James (Light of the Moon, Between the Stars and Sky), Linda Caine, general manager at Nicola’s Books in Ann Arbor, and Jackie LaRose, Associate Professor of Education at Eastern Michigan University. The deadline to enter is Friday, May 6, 2016. Finalists will be announced May 16th, 2016.
The contest judges will meet shortly after the deadline to review all cover art submissions, and up to 10 finalists will be announced. The contest winners will be announced at a reception at the Ann Arbor District Library, on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 7 pm.
The first place winner will receive $100; second place, $75; and third place, $50. Design submissions will be exhibited at the library starting in mid-September and continuing through mid-October.
Each year 80 to 100 entries are submitted, and judging will focus on creativity, appropriateness of the artwork to the book content, and originality. The entries can be photography, computer-generated, or original paintings or drawings. All types of artwork have won the contest over the years.
Rules for the contest and a PDF version of the application can be found on the Kerrytown BookFest website:http://www.kerrytownbookfest.org/activities/