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How to enter

Final entry deadline: February 28, 2018

The call for entries are now closed. Thank you to all the entrants and for all the great work entered into the 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2017 competition. Juror selections will be announced this summer. Watch for updates on AIGA and Design Observer social channels.

Tune into @AIGAdesign for updates on the 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2018 call for entries in late November/December.

  1. Log in with your AIGA account. Don’t have an account? Create one now—setting up an account is free.
    (Bonus: AIGA members receive discounts on entry fees! Join first to  take advantage of this benefit.)
  2. Choose whether your entry should be judged as a cover, a book, or both.
  3. Enter the book information, including title, author, and design credits.
  4. Upload images. We require a straight on cover image that can be displayed online or printed for book and book cover categories.
    • At least one (1) print-quality TIFF (no compression and uncropped), minimum 300 DPI, six (6) inches or greater on its shortest side, silhouetted (no background). Image mode; RGB.
    • At least one (1) web-accessible .PNG or .JPG, minimum 150 DPI, 1200 pixels or greater on its shortest side, silhouetted (no background). Image mode; RGB.
    • You are welcome to upload up to five (5) additional images of the project. For the 50 Books competition category, interior shots or spreads are encouraged.
  5. Review entries for completeness and accuracy in your cart.
  6. Agree to the terms and conditions.
  7. Submit payment online.
  8. If you are entering a book to be judged in the 50 Books cateogry of the competition, send a physical copy of the book to the judging location; entrants will receive the address and instructions via email. Important: Do not mail books to the AIGA or Design Observer offices, they will not be judged.