Tuesday, June 12. 2012
The 2011 Romance Cover Contest results have been posted online and another year's cover contest is now complete. Whew! Enjoy viewing the 2011 contest results and don't forget to nominate the great and the not so great 2012 covers you see throughout the year! If you have any general contest comments, please leave them in the comment section below. Thank you for being a fan of Cover Cafe's annual romance contest. We'd love to know if you enjoyed the results and how you feel about the voters' top choices for 2011. Did your favorites win top honors or were you disappointed because your favorite didn't grab first place?
Update: We often receive comments about the contest via email, Facebook or Twitter and I'll post a few of them below so you can read the feedback, too!
From Aleta Rafton, illustrator for Una luz en la Ventana, HST third place cover and Nocturne, AR eighth place cover:
Thanks for letting me know. I love the selections. I am honored to be included. Best, Aleta
From Kanaxa, Cover Design for One Thousand Kisses, AR second place cover:
Thank you very much for letting us know. We're thrilled the cover did so well! Cheers, Nathalie
From Amanda Stevens, author of The Restorer, AR sixth place cover:
How cool is that?!!! Thank you! I loved reading all the comments. Best, Amanda
From John Blumen, illustrator for Angels of Darkness, AR first place cover:
Thanks for letting me know. You made my day! John
From Lori Wilde, author of The Welcome Home Garden Club, TIC fourth place cover:
What wonderful comments and what a fun contest. Thank you so much! Lori
From Jaci Burton, author of The Perfect Play, CO first place cover:
I'm just thrilled! This has been my favorite cover ever, and I'm so excited others think so too. I'm really excited about the positive response. Thank you so much for this! Loved all the comments, too. And all the other covers in all the categories were awesome. I really enjoyed voting for them.
Thank you again. It's much appreciated! Thank you for your efforts in doing this. Jaci
From Hazel Osmond, author of Who's Afraid of Mr. Wolfe, CO tenth place cover:
Thanks so much for including me in the competition, and what lovely comments!! Such a good idea for a competition so thanks for all your hard work. Very much appreciated. My next cover is very different from Mr Wolfe, but I'm already fond of it. All the best, Hazel
From Larry Roibal, illustrator for As Good As His Word and To Wed A Rancher, SE second and fifth place:
Thank you so much for the kind words. I did check the site and especially liked reading the comments from the romance readers. As a freelancer, it's good to know that my work is connecting to its intended audience.Thank you for hosting the site and for keeping me in the loop of the very good news. As a side note: While checking in sometime last week to see if the results were posted, I noticed someone had nominated another cover of mine for 2012. So I'll stay tuned. Best, Larry
From B.J. Daniels, author of Branded, SE first place cover:
Wow! Thank you so much. I love the Branded cover as well. I'm so pleased... BJ
From Lenora Worth, author of A Southern Reunion, SE tenth place cover:
...I'm honored to have a cover in the Top Ten. Such fun. And it's hard to beat a cowboy!! Thanks so much! Lenora
From Myrna Mackenzie, author of To Wed a Rancher, SE fifth place cover:
Thank you so much for your message about the cover contest and To Wed a Rancher taking 5th place in the series category. I loved reading the comments! (I hope the artist got to see some of them. I never know who the artists are--except for the one time when Liz Fielding had a cover artist guest on her blog--but they are truly unsung heroes for those of us who write the books). I really appreciate the fact that you hold this contest, and am grateful to all the people who commented and voted. What fun!...Best Wishes, Myrna Mackenzie
From Jillian Hunter, author of A Bride Unveiled, TIC fifth place cover:
Thank you so much for taking the time to send me the results. The comments were fun to read and quite enlightening. And all the covers were lovely in my opinion! Best regards, Jillian
From Brianne Beers, Assistant Publicist, Grand Central Publishing on TIC first place cover, Scandalous Desires:
I'm Elizabeth Hoyt's online publicist and we were thrilled to see that SCANDALOUS DESIRES won the "two image cover" (ie: stepback) category of the Cover Cafe Contest. We have a fabulous behind-the-scenes video for her book and I thought I'd forward it to you in case you'd like to share the video along with your announcement.Thanks so much! Brianne
It's a cute tongue in cheek video - be sure to watch it!
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what a trip down memory lane to see the contest finalists! i agree with most of the wins, especially the Worst cover. my goodness, i'd be ashamed to even be caught looking at that one! LOL
the series final has me a bit puzzled. i would love to know the thoughts behind why that one was the best. was it a matter of it being the least of the bad ones, or a lack of entrants? since i was too late to vote for this contest i can't really complain, but it does make me wonder about series covers and where they're going with them.
thanks a million for everything you do for Cover Cafe to make it all work. i know it can be a thankless job, but know that we, the readers, appreciate all of you who give us this chance to express our right to vote.
Based on the contest comments, the rugged cowboy, the interesting russet colors, and the camera angle made "Branded" popular with the committee and the voters.
My personal favorite SE covers were: "As Good As His Word" which finished in second place, (It made me smile the very first time I saw the cover.) "A Southern Reunion" which finished in tenth place, and "Sweet Persuasions" which finished in seventh place. They were in my top five in the SE committee voting. This year there were three western themed covers that made the top ten. It's the year of the cowboy.
If you see a great SE cover this year, stop by and fill out a nomination form.