Cover Competition

Please note: this is all about the Anthology Cover Competition. If you’re interested in the Writing Competition, you need to click here instead.


The call-out is for the cover of Burnham Book Festival 2023 Anthology. 

You can use any media to create your entry but your submission must be electronic. It must be entirely your own work.

Your original work can be any size but the digital image will be used on the front cover of a 5×8 inch (12.7 x 20.32 cm) paperback in portrait orientation. You do not need to provide the spine or back cover of the book.

The book will contain shortlisted work from writers of all ages, both short stories and poetry. The competition runs at the same time as the cover call-out so it is not possible to read the shortlisted work in advance. There is no theme.


You must live in Somerset or North Somerset. Entries are welcome from people of any age.


You may submit up to three entries to the contest.

Your entries must be emailed to before midnight on 18th March 2024. Once submitted, no changes can be made to your entries.

Any digital format is acceptable but we may ask you to supply your entries in an alternative format if we cannot access your artwork. The image should be sufficient quality to allow for printing, ideally 300dpi.

Please include your contact details including your name (as you’d like to be credited), a phone number and postal address.

You retain all rights to your work.


Submissions will be judged anonymously by a committee of local artists. They will consider how well the image will work as a cover, as well as artistic merit. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

A list of highly commended entries will be announced, and invited to be part of an exhibition at the Burnham Book Festival.The artist who provides the winning cover will be credited in the anthology and receive a copy of the book.


The artist who provides the winning cover will receive £100, be credited in the anthology and receive a copy of the book.