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TopShelf Indie Book Cover Awards - Guidelines & Rules

(Does Not Apply to the Indie Book Awards)


  1. Cost of entry is $25 per book cover, per category.
  2. There are no limits on publication date, only that the cover image being supplied must be the actual cover displayed on a book that is available for purchase at one or more major online and/or brick-and-mortar booksellers.
  3. There is no limit to how many book covers an author, publisher, or publicist can enter in any given contest period.
  4. There is no limit to how often an author, publisher, or publicist can submit a book cover; however, once a cover wins, that same book cover cannot be entered again for at least 12 months.
  5. Book covers cannot contain any profanity, nudity, or depict drug use or any other material that could be considered offensive to a family audience.
  6. The deadline for entry in each month's contest is the last day of each month. Results will be announced in the next issue to be published following the close of the contest.
  7. There are up to twelve winners selected each month from the following categories: Print Fiction, eBook Fiction, Self-Designed Fiction, Pro-Designed Fiction, Self-Published Fiction, Small Press Fiction, Print Non-Fiction, eBook Non-Fiction, Self-Designed Non-Fiction, Pro-Designed Non-Fiction, Self-Published Non-Fiction, and Small Press Non-Fiction.
  8. If there is no submission in a category, there will be no winner selected for that category.
  9. Entries do not carry over to the next month's contest.
  10. Each monthly winner will receive a prize package valued at over $2,000, including a custom-designed 1/6 page advertisement, plus an Indie Discoveries Plus package, including web and limited social media promotions, for a FULL year.
  11. All winners will be announced in an article at as well as via email and social media.
  12. Book covers will be judged by the highly experienced team of TopShelf contributors, editors, and reviewers.
  13. Throughout the year, visitors to will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite book covers. At the end of the year the book cover with the highest ratings and the number of votes will win the grand prize package (valued at over $10,000) including a custom designed full-page advertisement in the Holiday Issue of TopShelf Magazine, a custom-designed 1/6 Page advertisement (including web and social media promotions) for each issue of the following year, PLUS $1,000 CASH!
  14. Cash prizes are paid via PayPal or Facebook.


Just $25 per book!


TopShelf reserves the right to update the terms of this or any TopShelf contest without notice.