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Calling All Authors: NY Book Show Cover Design Competition

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Are you ready for the 30th annual New York Book Show? If you’re not, you should get ready! It’ll be here before you know it. And with the Book Show comes an amazing cover design contest to get your creative juices flowing.

The staying power of printed books has always been evident, even as new technologies emerged to woo the masses. There are countless individuals who never questioned the value of physical books. In fact, the importance of the printed book has increased in the eyes of the public. Readers see books as a physical object, as a cherished possession, and as work of art,

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Entering its thirtieth year, the New York Book Show continues to recognize the best in book design, production, and manufacturing. Hundreds of books are submitted each year. The content spans everything from academic topics to picture books to prize-winning fiction and nonfiction. Every aspect of each submitted book—from artwork to paper quality, from binding to special features, and more—are taken into consideration to determine which books exhibit true artistry, craftsmanship, and an understanding of the printed book’s potential.

Meet Self-publishing

Another recent evolution within the publishing industry is the proliferation of self-publishing. While there may be some who see this as “vanity publishing,” self-publishing has become a part of the publishing industry. Self-publishing adds many fantastic works that may not have otherwise been able to find their audiences. Authors, designers, printers, service providers, and freelancers have benefited from self-publishing—not to mention countless readers. So, The New York Book Show is thrilled to announce the addition of a new category for its 30th year—self-published covers. This new category recognizes the best in cover design for self-published books that appear in either or both print and electronic format.

All traditional publishers, suppliers, publishing professionals, and self-publishers are welcome to enter their books. You can submit on the New York Book Show website,  through the submission deadline of Thursday, May 5th, 2016. All books originally published during the 2015 calendar year are eligible for entry, upon fulfillment of the online submission form and payment of associated submission fees. Those who submit traditionally-published books will also submit physical copies of their entries during the final week of submissions (May 2, 2016, through May 5, 2016), while those who submit self-published works will upload a PDF of the cover designs at the time of submission via the online form. Submission details are available on our site:


Judging of entries will occur in early May, publishing professionals from all aspects of the industry–editorial, design, production, etc. Winners will be notified by email soon afterward.

Event Details

The book show itself will be held Thursday, October 13, 2016, at Battery Gardens in New York City (tickets available for purchase in September). All winning titles will be on display to review, handle, and fall in love with in a free-form, social forum that encourages mingling among the hundreds of book lovers in attendance. Dinner, dessert, and an open bar will be provided. It is a truly uplifting celebration of the wisdom, innovation, and ambition behind the book as a physical object.

To learn more about the New York Book Show, hosted by the Book Industry Guild of New York, please visit or

Glenn H

- Archived Author -
Writer extraordinaire and generally amazing guy, Glenn makes sure that every day is the best day ever.

1 thought on “Calling All Authors: NY Book Show Cover Design Competition”

  1. Kenneth Bossone

    Hoping you check my book at website to see if I qualify..
    Mr. Positive

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