Completed contest

Book cover wanted for short story collection

Luminousmonsters needed a new book or magazine cover design and created a contest on 99designs.

A winner was selected from 290 designs submitted by 52 freelance designers.

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Some of the designers who made it happen

Winner - rastahead
Rastahead was a pleasure to work with. His original designs showed a lot of creativity, and his subsequent work showed that he listened to and incorporated our feedback. We would be happy to work with him again!
- Chuckw
Finalist - nalll
I received over 300 designs for the book cover. It was a difficult choice for me to select the finalists. From the final designs I would have been happy with each and every one. #306 won the contest because the book cover is essentially selling a book and the design by nalll is superior in its relevant aspects (color pallet, typography, readability of the blurb). On the shelf my book now manages to get attention - thanks to Nall. Nalll very accurately and timely executed fine tuning of the design during handover.
- finklabs.org
Finalist - forza design
Excellent, top notch work as always. Grateful for the fast turn around and such high quality work.
- Julianoyoung

How Luminousmonsters started their book cover journey

Organization name

Six Slug Books

Tell us a bit about who you are and the people you reach

Publisher of fiction aimed at an alternative, independent, literary audience.

What industry do you think your business is most related to?

Entertainment & The Arts

What inspires you and how do you envision the design for your business?

Hello, I have a short story collection I am planning on calling "This Is Where It Gets Interesting" and am in need of a cover design which will include an image, my full name: John H. Matthews and the title.

I believe a photographic image would work best, though am open to ideas. I'm not looking for "cartoony" art work.

The cover image should attract attention and be recognizable when reduced to a thumbnail image size. Simple, uncluttered and elegant will work best.

Objects/situations will be preferred to people. If a person is included it's better that their face not be in view.

This is NOT a genre (occult, romance, horror, mystery, crime, etc.) book, so I realize the challenge here is difficult.

The cover can be humorous as much of my work has a playful side to it. It could also be more serious in nature, alluding to something off-center or extraordinary.

The stories range widely in subject and mood but here is the text I am planning for the back cover:

Psychics working at the DMV. Horror show hosts vying for superiority at the local fast food chain. A summer fest featuring chili that returns the dead to life. Miracle product gurus and a talking tornado.

You’ll find these strange and original stories in This Is Where It Gets Interesting, the new, darkly comic collection by John H. Matthews.

Delivering a world where the supernatural often collides with the everyday, these tales are insightful, twisted and hilarious.

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