More time to enter Penguin and Creativity's book cover contest

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Along with Penguin Books, patrons of some of the most eye-catching book covers of the last few years, we are inviting you to create a cover for British author Sam Taylor's upcoming novel The Island at the End of the World. The winner will be selected by Penguin editors, creative director Paul Buckley and the editors of Creativity and will become the official cover of the book, to be published in 2009.

The new deadline for entries is Friday, August 1. Finalists will be notified sometime during the week of August 11, and their entries will appear in the September issue of Creativity, on stands September 15. They will also be showcased at Hearts and Minds on September 25, where we'll also be announcing the overall winner. The winner will receive a cash prize comparable to the going cover fee rate. The competition is open to all artists, whether you are just starting out or are an established name in the business.

Submission Details:
The final artwork should be submitted in digital form at the following specs:
Size: At least 15 3/16" wide x 23 1/4" high (or bigger, but ultimately scaleable to book cover's actual size, 5 1/16" wide x 7 3/4" high)
(For those of you on the metric system, that translates to 38.7cm x 59.1cm submission size; 12.9cm x 19.7cm actual book size)
Resolution: at least 300 dpi, at the submitted size. Or if you prefer, you can send in a low-res version for viewing and if you are a finalist, we will contact you to get the high-res version.
Who:The contest is open to all levels of talent, from all countries. We encourage those from outside the U.S. to participate.
How many:You are free to submit as many entries as you like.
Don't forget: Please also make sure to include the book title and author name as part of your design, unless their exclusion is part of your overall vision.

Deadline: Friday, July 18 Deadline has been extended to Friday, August 1

Along with submissions, please include your name, email address and contact phone number. Feel free to include a description of your cover concept(s).

Submissions should be sent to

Book Synopsis:
A chilling novel about the near future, where most of the world has been destroyed by catastrophic floods. As a father and his three children begin to rebuild their lives alone on an island, his youngest son Finn begins to question how they arrived there and why they alone have been spared. Finn's search for understanding takes an unexpected turn when a strange man named Will swims ashore, and he appears to know quite a bit about this family and the circumstances that surrounded the floods. But Finn's father is determined to keep him silent and is willing to do anything to prevent Will from disturbing his family's idyllic life on the island. Sam Taylor's The Island at the End of the World is a riveting post-apocalyptic tale that explores the darkness that lies within the hearts of men.

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Read a Q&A with Buckley about his views on the state of book cover design and what he looks for in artists

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