Anthology 2014: Your Chance to Design the Cover

The Burlington Writers Workshop thrives on collaboration. That’s why we’re opening up to the public the chance to design the cover of The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2014.

Whether you’re a graphic designer by trade or an amateur who likes to tinker with Adobe InDesign, you can give this a try. Send a PDF of the finished cover to submissions@burlingtonwritersworkshop.com by December 15th.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Use this template offered by our printer, which will be McNaughton & Gunn. You must be able to line up the spine perfectly.
  • InDesign users may use this InDesign document to help you get started. It has all of the elements, but you can rearrange them as you see fit.
  • Folks who have no design experience may be able to find a free 30-day trial of InDesign at Adobe’s website, or just buy it there.
  • Please include a white box on the back cover that is 2.25″ wide and 1.25″ long for the barcode.
  • Please include “The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2014” on the cover and spine.
  • Provide space on the back cover where we can list the contributors and on the front cover where we can list the names of the genre editors.

And that’s it, really. You can change the font, the size, the photo, the artwork, whatever. If you use photography or artwork, make sure that it’s your own, or put the BWW in touch with the owner.

The finished PDF should have a structure similar to the one we used last year (below).

Full Cover 2013

The artwork for 2014, by the way, should not be cliche. No rolling pastures or pleasant lake vistas. We did the pleasant lake vista last year, which worked well because the bicyclist in the photo seems contemplative and perhaps even a bit daunted by her task. It’s complex, whereas most pretty mountain view photos or pictures of Vermont cow pastures are not. Give us something original, maybe even a little shocking. Bonus points if you can show us something Vermonty in a new way.

About Peter Biello

Peter Biello is the host of All Things Considered on New Hampshire Public Radio and a writer of short stories, novels, book reviews, and essays. He's also the host of The Bookshelf, a series of interviews with authors from or writing about the Granite State.
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