2018 Texas Authors Book Cover Awards

Calling all Graphic Designers, Texas Authors and publishers! We’re proud to announce the first annual Texas Authors Book Cover Awards, conducted to honor the year's best in book cover design. We are now accepting entries for books with a 2017 copyright (released between January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018)

The Book Cover Awards were conceived in 2017 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all Graphic Artists, who produce a cover design for a book published by a Texas Author.

The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year in Texas and by Texans.

The Texas Authors Book Cover Awards reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity. Independent spirit and expertise comes from publishers of all sizes and budgets, and books are judged with that in mind. National entries will be accepted in all categories.

Outstanding Book Cover of the Year – all TxAuthors entrants are automatically considered.



Who May Enter - Independent, university, small press, self-publishers and independent authors throughout Texas who publish books intended for the American market. Authors are welcome to enter their books themselves.

Eligibility - Books that are published with a 2017 copyright (January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018) are eligible. Any Graphic Artist that produced a book cover for a book published by a Texas Authors during the selected time frame. The Graphic Artist does not need to reside in Texas, or the USA.


Entry Fees - Fees must be paid at time of entry.  Fee is $25.00 USD per cover entry for TxAuthors Members.  $40 for non TxAuthors members.

Electronically or by mail using this form and sent to the address located at the end of the form. Remember to submit the final book cover design either electronically when completing the application on line or by email to TxAuthors@live.com 


Judging Process

Judging will be based on creative use of mediums and ability to express the concept of the book. Our judging panel includes experts from the fields of editing, design, reviewing, bookselling and library.



An Early-Bird entry fee deadline is listed below in three tiers. All entries must be postmarked or received electronically by the final deadline of January 15, 2019. We will confirm your entry via email.


Awards and Recognition

Each announced medal-winning book will receive a 1st or 2nd place, a personalized certificate, plus placement on Texas Authors, Inc., official website as an award winning graphic design. An exhibit of the award-winning covers will also be presented at a selected book festival sponsored by Texas Authors, Inc., with additional promotional items for the winning graphic designer. The published Texas Author will receive a certificate they may use for promotion of the winning book cover.

Any other questions? Send an email to Awards Director – TxAuthors@live.com 



Texas Authors, Inc. is an organization designed to help Texas Authors learn how to better market and sell their books.

We work closely with our partners DEAR Texas, Inc., and Texas Authors Institute of History, Inc., both nonprofits that have created additional programs and events for Authors.

Texas Authors is a subsidiary of Bourgeois Media & Consulting