Teen Book Cover Design Guidelines
Thanks for your interest in redesigning book covers for teen books! Below are the guidelines you should follow in designing your covers.
- Please use books that are in the Wilmington Teen Zone, and design for the same edition (i.e., paperback sized if the copy is a paperback; hardcover size for hardcover editions, etc.). You can search for books in our catalog.
- Please use the same jacket copy (text) as is on the original book, either on the back cover or inside the front flap.
- Make sure your submission can wrap around the book as it should, including inside flaps if necessary and a spine with the title and author.
- Artist is responsible for duplicating the UPC/ISBN. The library will be responsible for placing library barcodes on books.
- Any art style is welcome: photography, painting, computer graphics, mixed-media, or any other form of flat image.
- If you are using borrowed images in your design, please make sure those images are licensed under Creative Commons and attribute them as necessary. (TL;DR: don’t steal other people’s work.)
- The best covers, as chosen by our Teen Advisory Group, will be used to temporarily re-cover the books.
- Open to teens in grades 6-12.
- Leave your submission with Brandy Danner (the teen librarian) at the Wilmington Memorial Library or with your art teacher at Wilmington Middle School or Wilmington High School. Please submit a high-quality copy of your work; submissions will not be returned.
- Submission deadline is April 30.