We’ve discussed many, many romance covers, and last year we held a contest to challenge the Bitchery to come up with a better cover than, well, many of the ones we’ve snarked! We provide the copy, and y’all design the covers. Last year’s contest yielded some beautiful covers, and the winner of the Amateur division ended up freelancing for a few presses when her cover won the contest. We can’t promise job offers for all winners, but hey, a lotta publishing folks read this site.
But then again, maybe we can! We here at the Bitching HQ have decided that we need to help out Mrs. Giggles’ new publishing enterprise, Trixy Lion ePublishing. Mrs. Giggles, she needs covers. And titles. So, as with last year’s contest, here’s the deal:
Candy and I shall provide you with cover copy. You design the cover based on our copy.
We have two divisions: Amateur and Professional. If graphic design, art, or covers for hot man-titty romance are your professional occupation, you’re no amateur. But! There shall be two sets of prizes.
1. No copyrighted images. (We don’t want to get bloody suuuuued!) You can use stock images, or make your own.
2. You must submit 350×500 images, along with a thumbnail of 88 x 125.
3. You must submit your image in one of the three web-recognized formats (.jpg, .gif, or .png). No photoshop documents – they’re bloody huuuuuuge!
Your images must be emailed to Sarah AND Candy by Friday, September 14 2007.
Winner, which will be tabulated by Smart Bitchery Vote, will receive a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com, and mad pimpage on our site if you have a website of your very, very own. Plus, we’ll send you some books with really, really hot covers. Srsly.
And now, your inspiration:
Our subgenre for this year’s TRixY Lion cover contest is…
Gay inspirational erotica!
You can use any religion for your inspirational element, including but not limited to:
The many flavors of Christianity!
The many flavors of Paganism!
The many flavors of Buddhism!
Flying Spaghetti Monsterism!
We here at SBTB define “gay inspirational erotica” as “a romantic story between two protagonists of the same gender/sex in which both explicit sexual activity and religious or spiritual beliefs play a major role in the romantic relationship.” Please note: “Gay” does not necessarily mean two men!
So plaese surbmit yr covers for Trixy Plion Publishng – we needs artists!
The Cover Copy
Bailey Drew is a sous chef with a secret – the brilliant chef is really the mastermind behind the recipes at the hot new restaurant, Holy Nest. But someone is sabotaging the dining room and the kitchen, trying to drive the place out of business, and possibly ruining Bailey’s chance to step from the shadows and reveal that Bailey is the Head Chef.
Taylor Quinn will stop at nothing to see Holy Nest fail – the building was originally the most sacred spiritual center for Quinn’s faith, and the idea that hot beef and clams are now served where worship and serenity once ruled is more than upsetting. But Quinn is unable to cross the incredible chef who is always in the kitchen – and always in Quinn’s ever-simmering thoughts.
And now, The Smart Bitches Decree – Let the Games Begin!