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Ever Judge a Historical Fiction Book by its Cover?

By Ana Brazil
May 14, 2021

Ever judge a historical fiction book by its cover? Of course you have!

And why not? The cover tells you so much about what’s in the book, where the book is set, the tone of the story, and even what the author/publisher thinks of the book.

Since most books are judged by their covers anyway, if you’re an author or a cover artist, why not submit your cover for formal judgment? This month—as PLW blogs about Book Covers—I list links for thirteen Book Cover Contests.

No matter what you write, it looks like there’s an opportunity for you to see how your cover compares to others!


And finally, some miscellania:

Gone but not forgotten: For about nine years, Joel Friedlander hosted monthly e-Book Cover Design Awards. No entry fee; no pub date restriction, no prize, just excellent analysis of what makes an e-book cover work. Check out his archive for some stunning (and not-so) examples.

Not quite a contest, but every month Literary Hub Editor Emily Temple shares her view of the best covers of books published that month.

And finally, here’s a book cover contest you never want to win, All About Romance’s Worst Covers contest. Whether you cherish or spurn romance novels, I think you’ll “enjoy” these failed covers.

Hope this short link list to Book Cover Contests is helpful. Or at least a little entertaining. If you know of more contests, please share in the comments below!

Ana Brazil
Written by Ana Brazil

Ana Brazil writes historical crime fiction celebrating bodacious American heroines. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, the Historical Novel Society, and a founding member of Paper Lantern Writers.
Ana’s latest historical mystery is THE RED-HOT BLUES CHANTEUSE, which features murder, mayhem, and music in 1919 San Francisco. Her award-winning historical mystery FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER is set in Gilded Age New Orleans.

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