Teen Book Cover Design Guidelines

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.