Monday, April 30. 2012
We're celebrating the best and worst in 2011 Romance Books Covers!
Online voting from May 2nd, 2012 until Midnight CST on May 16th, 2012.
Choose your favorites in six categories ~ Alternate Reality, Contemporary, Historical, Series, Two Image Covers, and the infamous Worst.
Please leave your comment below. We'd love to know your thoughts on this year's contest. Contest results will be posted in June, 2012.
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However, I skipped the "Worst" category altogether. I'm already scarred for life from previous "Worst" covers. When the contest started, the "Worst" covers were just embarrassing, ill-advised, or badly drawn, right? These days...oh boy. Brain bleach, please. No. Not this year.
The contest was created over 10 years ago to urge publishers to improve the quality of romance covers and "bad" covers were the original inspiration for the contest. The romance genre has been mocked because of "clinch" covers and the creators wanted to see covers that respected the genre. When you see the wonderful covers produced each year, it makes it even more puzzling why there are still bad covers on the market. But then, readers' tastes are different and one person's bad cover is another person's favorite cover. Thank you again for voting.
Thanks for going to such trouble to do this. Oh and maybe next year you could do a "self-published" cover? There are some truly awesome selfpublished covers out and some truly awful ones.
The Alternate Reality category currently showcases Paranormal romances and YA romances can appear in all categories. The YA genre has exploded in the last two years and there may be a separate YA category in the future.
There is a self-published cover in our Contemporary finals this year, "Touched by Angels" an eBook reprint self published by Peggy Webb. It is the first self-published cover to reach the finals. I see self published covers competing head to head with the big publishers, just like small publishers have done successfully. Thank you for the ideas and also for voting in the contest.
This years' worst was hard to choose - even the salacious ones at least demonstrated what the book was about. Not a fan of bondage so at least I wouldn't have picked up the chains book... the worst was the one that was so generic-cowboy with erection-girl is bad bikini in the grass-train trestle in background... what the heck was that supposed to demonstrate?
Good luck to all.
Can't wait to see the final results.
Based solely on the cover art, the entry I'd most want to read would be Sarah Sundin's "Blue Skies Tomorrow" in the historical category. As a rule I prefer painted rather than photographed covers. But this was the proverbial exception.
I'm looking forward to the results. Keep up the good work!
"Little Red & the Wolf" in AR & "A Reason to Rebel" in HST in the 2010 contest
"One Thousand Kisses" in AR and "Lost and Found" in CO in the 2011 contest.
We vote on the covers that are nominated throughout the year. This year, there were 565 nominations received via the nomination form plus the covers discovered by the category chairs. Only 60 of the 565+ covers reached the finals. It is a tough competition and there are great covers that do not make the finals.
A cover has to be nominated to be considered so when you see one, please fill out a nomination form. Thanks for voting!
However....I love the 'Worst Cover' part of the contest, but I wish there were more paper covers. It's super easy to find terrible cover art from small publishers and ebooks. In the past, there have been choices from paperback, and I wish you would go back to those.
Still, a great job from everyone involved!
Oh well, I had fun. Most of the covers are really great and represented the stories inside. Will certainly vote next year. Keep up the wonderful work Cover Cafe!!
p/s love the worst category, can't help but flinching/wincing and grinning at the same time!!
Enjoyed all categories.
I wrote a Dear Publisher Blog post about the "Just a Kiss Away" cover last year.
I loved the cover when I saw it while surfing romance books and it was one of my nominations. However, I nominated it in the Contemporary Category because it looked so modern. When the CO Chair researched specifics, she discovered it was a reprint cover and belonged in the HST category. I thought...OK, it must be a story about a flapper from the twenties...but no, the story takes place in the 1800's. I also had purchased the original book...talk about surprised.
I still love the cover based on the cover's terrific execution but the cover design doesn't signal that the story is Historical. The contest committee did not vote this cover through to the finals. The cover was the 10th choice of the Historical Chair. She really liked the cover and wanted to see how it would fare competing with the other nine covers. It is a great cover and if it had been in the CO category, I think it would have made the finals.