The Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD) would like to announce the opening of its fourth annual cover design competition.

ABCD'17 is now open for covers produced for any book published between January 1 and December 31 2016 by any designer based in the UK, for a UK or overseas publisher.

Ebooks are admissible.

Designers may enter their own work or the work of other designers.

Entry is free.

All entries must be received by 31 January 2017.

A cover can only be submitted in one category, unless it is entered as an individual cover and again as part of a series design.

ABCD 17 — Competition Closed
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The competition will have ten categories:

The entries will be narrowed down to a shortlist of 6 books in each category, (except non-fiction, which will have a shortlist of 12 covers) by a committee of ten designers:

Final judging will take place at the ABCD's awards night on March 2, 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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ABCD 17 — Competition Closed