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23 July 2018

Book cover design competition

5 August 2016

This competition is now closed. The winners will be announced at the start of Book Week Scotland which runs from 21 to 27 November 2016.


We are pleased to announce that we have partnered with SLIC - Scottish Library and Information Council - for an exciting competition for budding young artists to design an original book cover for their favourite Scottish book.

Who can enter?

Anyone in Scotland between the ages of 5 and 18. Entrants will be split into the following groups: 

  • Ages 5 to 8  
  • Ages 8 to 12
  • Ages 12 to 18.

What do you win?

Three winners, one from each group, will have their artwork credited and showcased at a high-profile design exhibition held by Publishing Scotland during Book Week Scotland in November. The winners will also receive gift vouchers from Waterstones.

How to enter

  • Create an original design for your favourite Scottish book. The design should be A4 in size and a front cover design only.
  • Ensure that you put your name, telephone number, email address, and age clearly on the back of your design.
  • Hand your entry into your local library by FRIDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2016.

Entries will be co-judged by Publishing Scotland and SLIC in October. Good luck!


Note for Libraries

Libraries are asked to please send entries directly to

  • Gill Tasker, Publishing Scotland, Scott House, 10 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AZ

by FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER 2016 at the latest. Please note that if you are based in a library in the Scottish Highlands a van collection for the entries will be coordinated by the library support unit in Inverness.


SLIC PS and pencils