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Best Cover Contest Winners!

PRIZES:
The following winners will receive a badge to be proudly displayed on their website and a cash prize!

COVER DESCRIPTION CONTEST
The Indie Recon 2015 Book cover contest had 254 entries.  We had so many wonderful book covers submitted that it was a real challenge to narrow it down.  The competition was juried by professional graphic designers and established experts in indie publishing.

Awards were given in three categories: Best Cover Art, Best Cover Layout, and Best Book Cover.
For each of these categories, three honorable mentions are highlighted.

Thank you to our amazing judges, artists and cover designers: Devon Dorrity, Joel Friedlander and Brian C. Hailles. Their time and effort on our behalf is much appreciated!
Best Cover Art
The best cover art award is given to those whose book covers are graced with wonderful cover art.
For this award, we are not looking at the layout or typography, only the underlying illustration or photograph.
Honorable Mentions in this category include:
Court of Nightfall by Karpov Kinrade
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[tweetthis]Cover Art Hon Mention: Court of Nightfall by Karpov Kinrade #IndieReCon[/tweetthis]
A Bed of Barley Straw by Sam Russell
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[tweetthis]Cover Art Hon Mention: A Bed of Barley Straw by Sam Russell #IndieReCon[/tweetthis]

Dead of Night by Carlyle Labuschagne
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[tweetthis]Cover Art Hon Mention: Dead of Night by Carlyle Labuschagne #IndieReCon[/tweetthis]

BEST COVER ART WINNER!

And the winner of the Best Cover Art for Indie Recon 2015 is:

Dues Militis by Jonathan Longmore
dfw-jl-dm-cover-large.jpg[tweetthis]Best Cover Art Winner! Dues Militis by Jonathan Longmore #IndieReCon[/tweetthis]

Best Cover Layout
The best cover layout award is given to those who took great care in designing a book cover. They took the time to make sure the typography and other design elements were appropriately sized, weighted, and integrated with the cover art.
Honorable mentions in this category include:
Diary of a Penguin Napper by Sally Harris
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[tweetthis]Cover Layout Hon Mention: Diary of a Penguin Napper by Sally Harris #IndieReCon[/tweetthis]
Thicker Than Soup by Kathryn Joyce
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[tweetthis]Cover Layout Hon Mention: Thicker Than Soup by Kathryn Joyce #IndieReCon[/tweetthis]

Watch for Me by Moonlight by Elizabeth Cole
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[tweetthis]Cover Layout Hon Mention: Watch for Me by Moonlight by Elizabeth Cole #IndieReCon[/tweetthis]

BEST COVER LAYOUT WINNER!

And the winner of the Best Cover Layout for Indie Recon 2015 is:
Sober & Miserable by Dale Simpson
SoberMiserable_Arthur_WaligoraDesign.jpg[tweetthis]Best Cover Layout Winner! Sober & Miserable by Dale Simpson #IndieReCon[/tweetthis]
Best Book Cover
The best book cover award is given to someone who did everything right.
They balanced wonderful cover art with outstanding design and typography to produce something truly remarkable.
Honorable mentions in this category include:
The Haiku Murder by Fran Pickering
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[tweetthis]Best Cover Hon Mention: The Haiku Murder by Fran Pickering #IndieReCon[/tweetthis]
The Origin of Overweight by Yvonne Foss
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[tweetthis]Best Cover Hon Mention: The Origin of Overweight by Yvonne Foss #IndieReCon[/tweetthis]
I Have Waited and You Have Come by Martine McDonagh
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[tweetthis]Best Cover Hon Mention: I Have Waited and You Have Come by Martine McDonagh #IndieReCon[/tweetthis]

BEST COVER WINNER!

And the winner of the Best Book Cover for Indie Recon 2015 is:
Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope
Song-of-Blood-and-Stone-Web-Medium.jpg[tweetthis]Best Cover Winner! Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope #IndieReCon[/tweetthis]
Congratulations to the winners of this year’s IndieReCon Book Cover Competition!  We encourage indie authors everywhere to spend the time and effort to create outstanding book covers.  We look forward to seeing what you come up with next year!

Congratulations to all the winners!

*Winners will be contacted by email. If you are a winner, and don’t receive an email by Tuesday, April 21st, please email Ali.

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This Post Has 12 Comments
  1. I would call the Dead of Night cover a photoshop fail. Unless that girl has had internal organs removed (I haven’t read it, maybe she has!) she should not have that thin waist. Other than that it’s nice 🙂

  2. I got the email about the covers and am looking forward to seeing them. Having a cover contest is a great idea for a writers con. I hope I get to see the covers!

  3. Of course I’m disappointed that I wasn’t one of the winners as I think my cover is gorgeous for Annie’s Story, but many congratulations to the winners. If only I could see their covers. It seems no one else can open them either.

  4. Thanks to the judges and to everyone involved for running this contest. At Design for Writers we’re so happy to have won the Best Cover Art category with Jonathan Longmore for “Deus Militis”. And to have an honorable mention in each of the other two categories: “Diary of a Penguin Napper” by Sally Harris in Best Cover Layout; and “The Haiku Murder” by Fran Pickering in the Best Book Cover category.

    Congratulations to the other winners and honorable mentions, it’s great to be in such awesome company 🙂 great work everyone!

    1. Thank you for the honourable mention, I’ll be sure to pass it on to John Davison, who I’m certain will be as pleased as I am.

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