Conference Spotlight ~ 2012 Covers Contest

Welcome to another of our Conference Spotlights from the


The Annual Covers Contest is here!

We are following in the footsteps of last year’s team and have made the Covers Contest an electronic only competition. Traditionally, covers were displayed at the conference in two categories – Long and Short. The winners were voted on and the winner announced at the end of the conference.

We will still be announcing winners at the end of the conference but the voting will be done online by all the Romance Writers of Australia’s membership. So even if you don’t go to the conference, you don’t miss out on this. Cool, eh?

We received 50 covers this year, and based on the entries, we have now put them into their respective categories.

**8.30am – Please note if you have voted already before this post went up – there have been a couple of adjustments in the categories marked with +. Our apologies. **

*2.45pm – Please note an extra cover has been added, with apologies to Anne Gracie ** #

They are:

Best Anthology Cover

Best Novella Cover

Best Category Cover

Best Short Other Cover +

Best Long Romance Cover + #

Best Speculative Fiction Cover + 

and last but not least,

Best Overall Cover – The Diamond Winner + #

Voting has opened and all you have to do is go to the Password Protected voting pages for each of these (each category above is a link). Voting is only open to RWA members.  Members should have received a newsletter with the password in their inbox. (Check your spam filter just in case. *grin*)

Voting will close on 5th August 2012, and you can only vote for one cover for each category.

If you want to become a member, please go to our website.

Take a look at the covers. Spectacular aren’t they? Have fun choosing!













US cover

AUS cover

AUS cover

US cover


Look out for the next conference spotlight on the 23rd July.

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  1. Really? They all look pretty much alike to me; bold, over-saturated color, busy typography, and over-staged photography. The best of the lot in my opinion is ‘The Sentinel Mage’ by Emily Gee. It is everything the other covers aren’t in it’s simplicity, yet it manages to be heroic and sexy. I really wish Romance cover art would evolve, I bet the category would reel in more readers as well. Just look at what the simple cover of ’50 Shades of Grey’ has done for the erotic genre? Thank God for my Kindle, or I’d be too embarrassed to read these books in public otherwise, and I love to read romance novels!

  2. Well, it’s great that you love the contents, even if the covers don’t really do it for you! 🙂

    I think there are some lovely ones in this set (including Emily’s, which is stunning, I agree), but I do sort of see what you mean. I guess publishers, like movie makers and all people trying to make a living out of subjective stuff, like to stick with things that seem to work; so change can be slow coming. I agree that covers that look less ‘romancey’ might entice a wider range of readers – but then, maybe the dedicated readers might not recognise them as romances as easily – at least, that seems to be what the publishers think.

    Having said that, I think quite a lot of these ARE examples of romance covers improving and evolving. I think they are more mainstream and less fussy than they used to be – but maybe that’s just my eye. And maybe its because I have had the advantage of seeing most of these separately, as they came out, as well as clustered together on this page. There certainly is a lot of colour there! But then, maybe bright is a good representation of the genre? 😉

    I doubt we’ll ever all agree on what makes a good cover, but that’s part of what the competition is for (and part of life’s rich tapestry, but I digress). If you’re a member, please vote. The competition is mostly for our enjoyment, but I’m sure these writers’ publishers take note. If you want more of what you like, this is one way of letting the right people know! 🙂

    • Totally agree with you, Imelda. Covers like books and everything we like is all subjective.

      Personally I love seeing the names of our members on the covers, so that is the first draw for me.

      I also think that publishers spend a lot of money on marketing and so they have studied what people like and don’t like – of course there’s that subjectivity again – but they must come up with something that particular market seems more interested in. And of course things do change. Like the chic covers of the RIVA line in the UK (check out Nikki Logan’s book). So different to the sweeter romance look that this line has in the US and Aus – which brings as also to geographic locations. I find it interesting that a book has different covers for differnt parts of the world – check out Anna Campbell’s and Anne Gracie’s.

      Yes, I agree – I think bright = the genre as well. Again that market thing. Look at Sandy Curtis’ which has suspense – definitely a different cover to say Shona Husk’s ‘Dark Vow’ which is a western fantasy.

      Of course since the underlying theme is romance, you will find things the are similar as well.

      All I can say is, have fun voting everyone. That’s what this is all about – having fun.

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