That's a wrap! Congratulations to all our winners. The Book Arts Bash now has its own domain name, and a brand new web site for a new Bash in 2010. Visit us here!


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Submission Guidelines:

Create an illustration for the cover of a novel: yours or anyone else's! The finished cover should include the title and author of the novel, and should fit into a standard manila envelope. You can use any flat medium including computer graphics.

Go ahead -- design a cover for Pride and Prejudice, or The Golden Compass, or Superfudge, or Great Expectations! Maybe you've got a story floating around in your head that you've not yet written, but know just what the cover would look like. Maybe you have written the story already, and you want to design your own jacket. Show us what you imagine.

Teaching This Genre:

It's interesting an enlightening to look at different cover art on different versions of the same novel. For example, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe has had many different looks. Discuss why the artists and the publisher made the choices they made, and how different styles of artwork might appeal to different readers. Could you make a cover for Treasure Island that would make it seem to be super-scary and adventurous? How about one that would make it seem very tame and relaxing? Why do you suppose so many "classic" novels have antique oil paintings on their covers? What does that communicate to the reader about the story inside?

Take a look at all these different covers for the book Jane Eyre. Which is your favorite? This web site, Library Thing, lets you look at lots of different covers side by side. Go on, click on the link. There are over 100 for Jane Eyre, for example.

Creating a cover is a great way to wind up discussion on a book, a cool way for a visually oriented child to express what he/she feels about a story, and an interesting opening for bringing up marketing and some of the business aspects of publishing.