Eligibility —
KidsShelf Books COVER DESIGN Quarterly Competition (the ‘Contest) is open to those who are at least (18) years old at the time of entry. Affiliates of KidsShelf Books are not allowed to participate in the Contest.
Covers previously submitted and suggestions are implemented, may be re-submitted in future quarterly contest.

Sponsor —
The Contest is sponsored by KidsShelf Books, Chicago, IL. 'LIKE' us on FB for updates.

Fee —
The submission fee is Twenty ($20) per entry. A maxiumum of four(4) entries are allowed per Quarter. Entrants may submit entries each quarter. APRIL, JULY, OCTOBER, JANUARY. Calls for submissions will be made each quarter. Postings will be on KidsShelf Books, Facebook and Twitter.
Payment must be made via PayPal. Payments are non-refundable.

Agreement to Official Rules —
Children’s Books can cover Picture Books to books for children twelve (12) years of age. There is no deadline for publishing. The covers must be submitted by 1) the author/writer or 2) the illustrator, either to have exclusive rights to submit. Participation in the Contest constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding. Winning is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

Contest Period —
The Contest selection begins on the (first) 1st, 2020 at 12:00AM CST and ends on the (seventh) 7th, 2020 at 12:00AM CST (the Contest Period). Entries can be submitted fourteen(14) days before the 1st of the month: ONLINE submissions ONLY

How to Enter —
ONLINE: The method of entry must be made by visiting our website ( and follow the directions provided, fill out the entry information, and submit. Payment must be received before the covers are accepted. Submission will be acknowledged.

Submissions will be judged on the use of design, illustration, color, type, it's relevance to the title and composition. All Entries must be digital. Entries must be 300 dpi with a minimum of 1000 pixels WIDTH. See bottom for articles on TIPS.

All entries must be submitted by the author OR illustrator ONLY. The author MUST BE LISTED and the illustrator MUST BE LISTED. Covers must be of books that are published or at your publishers and/or in-line to be published OR ebook(s) may be available online.

There is no maximum number on entries per email address, and per household for the duration of the Contest Period, regardless of method of entry.

Selection —
On or about the (ninth) 9th, 2020, the Sponsor will select the winner from among all eligible entries received. The Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winner via email before the (eleventh) 11th, 2020.

Winning Selection —
Winner(s) will be posted and displayed with contestant's links on (; announcement on Social Media. A .jpg and a .png GOLD Seal file that reads “KidsShelf Books Cover Award 2020.” This seal can be used on all promotions and placed on upcoming or existing book covers.

General Conditions —
In event the operation, security or administration of the Contest is implied in any way for any reason, including, but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, or in the event the Contest is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, the Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either to suspend the Contest to address the impairment and then resume the Contest in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Rules or (b) terminate the Contest and, in the event of termination, award the prize at random from among the eligible, no-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment. The Sponsor reserves, the right in the sole discretion to disqualify and individual it finds to be tampering with entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.

Release and Limitations of Liability —
By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the sponsor and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates.

Disputes —
Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and uses of action arising out of, or connected with the Contest or any price awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Illinois. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the right and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be govern by, and construction in accordance with, the laws of Illinois, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of laws rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other that Illinois.

Privacy —
Information collected from entrants is subject to sponsor’s policy.



> Submit your cover(s) for Quarterly Cover Winner
Submit as the author OR illustrator.

> Get FREE Promo for your cover(s) on Social Media.

> Have your cover featured for 3-months
YOUR links...and receive a gold seal file
to position on your reprints and
promote YOUR book.

> $20 for each submission...
Maximum four(4) covers quarterly.

> Covers may be submitted each quarter.

> eMail submissions —Cover(s)ONLY to: by the 30th, 2020

(See specs below. Fill out form and SUBMIT)
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“Your Book — Your Passion”

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"Loving Your Cover"

"Tweaking Your Cover"

"A Recipe for a Satisfying Cover"

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F.Y.I. —

These articles may be useful when contemplating developing your cover.