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 ]

First Prize= $500 cash and publication
Second Prize= $20.00 cash, Dick Blick Art Store Gift Certificate and public recognition
Third Prize= $10.00 cash,  Dick Blick Art Store Gift Certificate and public recognition

Contest Sponsors

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 page.

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 Web."

Front Cover:
- 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.)

Back Cover:
- 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.

Submission Information:
- 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 rules.
- 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 cover design?
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 publishing.
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 covercontest@subterfugepublishing.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 (www.bookcoverdesigner.com) 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 newspapers.

-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.