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About the TopShelf Book Cover Awards

A monthly contest focused on singling out the best indie, small press, and traditional book covers in the marketplace. Each category winner receives a prize package valued at approximately $400, and one grand prize winner will receive an additional prize of a 1/6 page featured magazine spotlight in a future issue of TopShelf Magazine! Winners are announced by email, on our website, and via social media.


Benefits of Entry

It is regularly said, "never judge a book by its cover." However, we all do it––like it or not. A book cover is an advertisement––a business card. Winning this contest will go a long way in knowing that your book is on its way. We don't pick winners merely because they might have been the only one in a category. If your book wins, it means that our industry professional judges feel confident that your book cover has what it takes to captivate readers' critical initial glances.


Monthly Combined Prize Values Topping $10,000!

There is one winner selected from each category each month, each will receive a prize package valued at approximately $400 USD, including a featured Web Spotlight and social media promotions with reach to well over 4,000,000 people for a full 60-days, plus inclusion in an email campaign to over 6,000 opt-in booksellers, libraries, and industry professionals. Moreover, from those category winners, there will be one Grand Prize winner selected who will win all of the above, PLUS a 1/6 Page Featured Magazine Spotlight in a future issue of TopShelf Magazine, a value of over $600.


TopShelf Award Badges & Contest Graphics

Winners earn the right to display the TopShelf Book Cover Award badge on their blog, book cover, website, marketing materials, etc. They can also incorporate it into their designs before printing. TopShelf reserves the right to disallow the use of TopShelf Award seals or graphics on any book other than the winning book, unless the winning book has been reprinted with a new cover or new materials that TopShelf finds inappropriate for their brand. TopShelf reserves the ULTIMATE right to deny the use of their brand, graphics, seals, and stickers for any use, on any book, in any case, forever.





Entry is FREE with PRO Membership!

TopShelf reserves the right to update the terms of this or any TopShelf contest without notice.
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