Contest: Design the Cover of My Book… and Win a (Real) Prize!

I’ll get right to the point: I would love to have a reader design the cover of my forthcoming book. The winner will receive a signed copy of the print edition (when it’s out) and $200. I will post the winning designer’s entry and those of the runners-up on this site along with links to your websites/businesses if you’d like.

If you’re still interested, here are the details given to me by the publishers (and paraphrased by me). I’ll admit I don’t know what most of it means, but I hope it makes sense to those of you who do these kinds of things!

The color range is CMYK (not RGB).

You must follow the LightningSource International specs (PDF). If that’s a problem, you must provide the cover in its original file format so that we can adapt it for our needs. If you are using non-Adobe Suite software, please provide a non-flattened EPS file with all images and fonts embedded or converted to paths. File type should be PSD, INDD, AI, or EPS.

Resolution for print will need to be at 300 dpi (minimum). The target print size of the cover is 6″ x 9″. The spine design should be kept flexible to allow for adjustment once the exact width is known. You can leave the back cover to the publishers so that we can add endorsements, a bar code, the publishers’ logo, etc. Please keep track of the fonts used so that we can have consistency when designing the back cover and spine.

The title is: The Young Atheist’s Survival Guide: Helping Secular Students Thrive.

I need the finished design by next Sunday, November 11th. You can send your designs to me via email.

Thanks in advance!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.