Cover Design Contest
For the book
Hulagu’s Web – The presidential pursuit of Senator Katherine Laforge
What is it? A contest to design the cover for the politically charged book
“Hulagu’s Web – The presidential pursuit of Senator Katherine Laforge”,
the first serious book chronicling a woman’s quest for the presidency.
Book Cover Design Contest Winners Announcement
We are pleased to announce the winners of our Book Cover Design Contest, sponsored by Subterfuge Publishing, Dick Blick Art Materials and Rentacoder.com.
The first place winner of our contest was Angela Farley of Kansas City, Mo. In addition to national recognition and other prizes, the 1st place winner will have her cover as the principle cover representing the novel “Hulagu's Web – the presidential pursuit of Senator Katherine Laforge”
The second place winner was Erin Barnes, but we had a tie for third place, so we felt it was only fair to award prizes to each of the three artist that shared the same score. They are Mark Wulf, Alex Jones, and Aleksandar Milinkovic.
We want to thank every artist who submitted an entry. Selecting the winners for this contest was a very difficult decision. A lot of discussion went into the decisions of which covers best represented the novel “Hulagu's Web.” In fact, virtually every cover submitted had the creativity and professionalism that would have easily been accepted by any book publisher. Most of the submitted covers surpassed the creativity of the covers presenting the top selling books on the racks today. In short the selection process was very difficult.
[ Click here to see the current entry ]
= $500 cash and publication
= $20.00 cash, Dick Blick Art Store Gift Certificate and public
= $10.00 cash, Dick Blick Art Store Gift Certificate and public
Information and rules to enter the book cover contest include the following:
- Use an image editing program such as Adobe Photoshop, Jasc Paint Shop or Quark
XPress to design the cover artwork for the paperback book which will have a
final dimension of 6” by 9” for the front cover and a spine width of
1.25" with a standard bleed. When you lay out the book design, make sure
that the front and back covers as well as the spine are designed as a contiguous
Important: We are more interested in your
cover graphics, fonts and visual presentation then the bleed or the
white space displayed around the outer portion of the cover. If your book
cover design is the winner, we will have it modified by the printer to insure
that it has the correct bleed and suupports all the other technical
considerations before it goes to print. Your mission in this contest is to
simply design the cover and make it represent the book, "Hulagu's
- Book title: (Hulagu’s Web)
- Subtitle: (The presidential pursuit of Senator Katherine Laforge)
- Author: (David J. Hearne)
- Graphic: (Appropriate graphic composition to depict the essence of the book.)
- The back of the jacket should include the following:
"The bullet riddled campaign bus of Senator Katherine LaForge is found
on a lonely snow swept road near Charlestown New Hampshire. Who are the
assassins behind this deadly attack of a presidential candidate? Who wants her
dead? Has her unorthodox quest for peace between Iraq and the USA incensed her
foreign policy adversaries to the point of killing her? Could the perpetrators
of this attack be any of the thousands of accountants, Lawyers or IRS agents who
fear and loathe Katherine's campaign pledge to replace Income tax with a simple
national sales tax? Is her support and policies for the United States to end its
reliance on foreign oil, incendiary enough for the billionaire oil cartel to
silence her? Is she a victim of an Islamic militant's reprisal for her outspoken
view on their Jihad? Or is this attack simply because Senator Katherine Laforge
is now a clear and present danger to the age-old bastion of men at the helm of
the United States?"
We invite you to help unravel this story of political intrigue. Eleanor
Roosevelt once said:
"It is certain that women do not want a woman for President. Nor would
they have the slightest confidence in her ability to fulfill the functions of
that office" Read Senator Katherine LaForge’s pursuit of the
presidency and decide for yourself, if this woman has the experience, common
sense and fortitude too serve as your next president of the United States.
- Space for ISBN bar code and Subterfuge Publishing on the back Cover
- The binding should include the title Hulagu’s Web – The presidential
pursuit of Senator Katherine Laforge
- The author's name, David J. Hearne.
- Each entry complete with name, address, phone number must be submitted with
artwork by 12 Midnight Oct. 15
- By submitting work to the Contest, the Entrant agrees to abide by all Contest
- Individuals are welcome to enter more than one design.
- Entrants should consider the following:
1. What is the story of Hulagu’s Web about? (check out the site – www.hulagusweb.com)
2. Does your cover entry look good both in color and in black and white?
3. Can the title be read at ten feet away in color and in black and white?
4. Did you remember to include the title, subtitle and author’s name in the
5. Is the cover graphic original and does not infringe on another book cover’s
design? Plagiarism, infringement of the rights of others, or other violations of
the Contest rules will result in disqualification.
6. All winning book cover submissions become the property of Subterfuge
7. This contest is void where prohibited by law.
When are the covers due?
Covers are due no later than 12 Midnight Oct. 15, 2004. Winners will be selected
and notified by Oct 25 2004.
How should I turn my entry in?
Email your entry to email@example.com.
You must submit a .jpeg version of each of your entries showing front, spine and
back cover. The winning artists must be able to produce the appropriate files
used in the creation process of the cover design such as: Adobe PageMaker,
QuarkXPress, or Adobe InDesign, and, if applicable, supporting fonts, high
resolution RGB raster images, and EPS vector files.
The judging panel for this book cover design competition will consist of:
-Eva Almeida of Kitimat, B.C. and Manoj Vijayan
of Bangalore, India, the founders of www.marketingedgedesigns.com,
the successful Canadian dot com company specializing in book cover designs.
Their creative genius and professional savvy have earned them the respect of the
book publishing industry.
-Alexis Anne McCarthy is a practicing artist and Managing Director for the
Beaumont Art League (www.beaumontartleague.org)
in Beaumont, Texas. Her work has been published and purchased by numerous
private collectors. Alexis has also organized and judged previous art venues.
-Brion Sausser the prolific freelance cover artist of Book Cover Design by Brion
is located in Chula Vista, California, who brings 15 plus years of design
experience and insight of the publishing industry as the former Managing Editor
of Aventine Press.
-Frank Gerrietts (www.frankgerrietts.com)
is an acclaimed painter, sculptor, muralist, and prior president of the Beaumont
Art League. Frank is also a renowned art teacher with 20 years experience who
has judged and jurored numerous art competitions.
-Magnus Andersson the founder of Innervision Design, Inc. (www.innervisiondesign.net)
specializes in Book Cover and Digital Imagery Design. An internationally
recognized company that has been featured on Syndicated Television and in major
-The Visitors of www.hulagusweb.com
will also be given a chance to vote online for their favorite cover design.
Their votes will be counted and given weight in the final selection of the
winning book cover.
-The final member on the panel of judges is Stacie Hearne the CEO of Subterfuge
Publishing. Her knowledge of the story behind Hulagu’s Web will insure that
the cover represents the essence of the book.
The judging will take place on Oct 24, 2004 and winners will be posted the next
day on www.rentacoder.com
web site and www.hulagusweb.com
the official site for the novel “Hulagu’s Web – The presidential pursuit
of Senator Katherine Laforge”.
In addition to the primary prizes, every artist submitting an entry will be
honored with a letter of appreciation and a $5.00 gift certificate towards the
purchase of the novel “Hulagu’s Web – The presidential pursuit of Senator
Katherine Laforge”. All contest entries will be posted on www.HulagusWeb.com
to allow web visitors to cast their vote for their favorite cover.
Entries will be judged using the following judging criteria.
1. Appropriate graphic design (10 percent) Does the graphics fit the
theme of Hulagu’s Web? Is the graphic suitable for public use?
2. Hulagu’s Web (30 percent) Does the cover embrace and communicate the
content of Hulagu’s Web. Does it create a quality and professional
representation of the book? Each entry will be judged on its contribution to
organization and clear communication.
3. Technical specifications (10 percent) Is the overall size and layout
correct? Is the file submitted in proper formats JPG? Are all the fonts and work
files accompanying the entry?
4. Ease of Use (10 percent) Can we easily access the file you give us.
Can my great grandmother open and successfully print the .jpg file? The answer
doesn't have to be yes to these questions, but they could really help your
score. Keep in mind we can't judge a file we can't open and print!
5. Overall design (40 percent) Is the layout clean? Does the design
communicate well? Is it unique in design and interesting to the potential
readers of Hulagu’s Web?
Payment of Prize Money:
Each winning contestant must join "www.rentacoder.com"
to facilitate the payment of the prize money. There are no sign up fees.
Important: When the cost of delivering the cash prize to the winner exceeds
$20.00, because of foreign exchange rates or other cost, the contestant is
responsible for paying the difference. Understand - any fees beyond the
total of $20.00 handling fees, regardless of their type including exchange
rate fees, etc. will be the responsibility of the winning contestant.