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ShortList.com has become known for it's incredibly talented readers. We're not just saying that. It's true. You've designed film posters for us that have gone on to be used as part of the Moonrise Kingdom DVD release campaign! On top of that after spotting Chris Thornley's Bourne Legacy poster (top one here) CBS films asked the artist to produce a poster for the release of Seven Psycopaths.

And today we ask you to get designing again. This time in the world of literature.

Having seen the jaw-dropping work you've produced, MacLehose Press, publishers of the phenomenally successful Millennium Trilogy by Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson, want you to redesign the book covers to one (or more) of five of their biggest titles. Take your pick from:

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • Brodeck’s Report by Philippe Claudel
  • Heaven and Hell by Jón Kalman Stefánsson
  • An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy
  • Beauty and the Inferno by Roberto Saviano

And although we know you'd do it for the love, this time you don't have to. There will be one first placed design for each of the five books and an overall winner chosen out of those five. The winner will receive a £1000 travel bursary with the four runners up getting £250 each. In addition, there will be an exhibition of selected entries. And if they're really good they'll use the design on the cover of the book. Entries are accepted from all over the world.

The winners will be chosen by their panel of judges including:

Ben Evans

Director of the London Design Festival, founded in 2003. Prior to this, he was a partner and the creative director of LIVE, and from 1997 to 2000 he was Content Editor at the Millennium Dome. He has worked as a speech writer for business leaders, politicians, and leaders of cultural organizations and has lectured extensively at the Royal College of Art and Central St. Martins. Since 1997 Ben has been a trustee of Artangel, one of the nation’s leading contemporary arts organizations. He is a governor of the University of the Arts and is passionate about art & design education. In 2010 he was awarded an honorary degree from the Royal College of Art.

Suzanne Trocme

Author, curator and furniture designer Suzanne Trocmé FRSA has written for diverse publications, as Architecture and Design Editor for Wallpaper magazine, for the New York Times magazine, the Saturday Telegraph and Architectural Digest editions in the USA, France, Germany and Russia. Her books include the award-winning Influential Interiors, Fabric, Classic Chic and Attention to Detail. Curator at London Design Festival pan-London for a three year period, Suzanne has commissioned designs and curated for the V&A museum, St. Paul’s Cathedral as well as London’s Design Museum, most recently “Digital Crystal” in 2012.

Christopher MacLehose

The MacLehose Press was founded by Christopher MacLehose. Christopher was for 22 years the Publisher at the Harvill Press, in which time Harvill became the leading translation house in Britain, publishing contemporary European writers such as Saramago, Sebald and Murukami, as well as a list of crime writers in translation, among them Henning Mankell. In 2006 he established the MacLehose Press as an imprint of Quercus, publishing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in January. That same year he was given the LIBF Lifetime Achievement Award for International Publishing, and in 2011 he was made a CBE.

Jon Woolcott

Jon is Marketing Manager at Waterstones looking after brand direction, in-shop marketing and advertising and brings with him a huge wealth of knowledge about book cover design.

Katharina Bielenberg

Katharina is the Associate Publisher of the MacLehose Press, having previously been at the Harvill Press. Katharina also translates for the list including Love Virtually & Every Seventh Wave by Daniel Glattauer which was recently made into a BBC Radio 4 Play starring David Tennant and Emelia Fox.

DEADLINE for submissions is 31 March 2013

Head here to find out how to enter and for full terms and conditions.

www.quercusbooks.co.uk/maclehose-cover-design-competition/home/

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