Nomination Guidelines 2016!
Romance covers published during the 2016 calendar year are eligible. If a cover was published in different formats, during two different calendar years
(i.e. A book is published as an eBook one year and published with the same cover as a paperback or hardcover in the following year.), it can be nominated in
both years but can only appear in the contest finals once.
If a cover was published in December, 2015 and was not nominated or featured in the 2015 contest then it is eligible for the 2016 contest.
If a cover nomination features an illustration that has been used on another cover, from either the current year or a previous year, the covers must
have unique styles and different layouts. If the covers are too similar, the second cover nominated will not be eligible.
Readers, authors, publishers, committee members, and artists are welcome to nominate romance covers.
Covers must be suitable for viewing by the general public.
Short stories and novellas must be at least 9,000 words or 35 print pages.
The book must feature a fictional romantic relationship.(exceptions: Avant Garde, TIC & WO nominations)
The romantic relationship should be the major focus of the book, not just a subplot. (exceptions: Avant Garde, TIC & WO nominations)
The book must contain one of the classic elements of a romance with a happy or satisfying ending. (exceptions: Avant Garde, TIC & WO nominations)
You may nominate as many different covers as you like. However, nominating the same cover several times is not necessary.
All nominated covers will receive the same consideration.
E-Book cover nominations must include the date of first publication in order to be eligible for consideration.
International covers are acceptable but it must be a cover that is available for purchase by someone in the US.
The cover image and necessary information must also be available.
Recent 2016 Nominations