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The Academy of British Cover Design announces best designs of the year

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The Academy of British Cover Design has announced the results of its annual competition to find the best designs. Now in its 4th year, the awards were judged by a panel of ten industry experts across ten categories. “The Academy is committed to making the awards to be as inclusive as possible,” says the ABCD. “Work that traditionally gets overlooked by other competitions despite being highly original, well executed and relevant will be recognised, because the judges (as fellow book cover designers) will be fully aware of the conditions in which the work was produced.”

The free to enter competition is now looking for entries for next year’s competition. The shortlist and winners for this, and previous years, can be seen on the ABCD website.

The full list of winners announced at an event on 2 March is:

Children’s: Dominica Clements, Anna Nillson and illustrator Oliver Jeffers – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Young Adult: Sinem Erkas – The Memory Book by Lara Avery
SciFi/Fantasy: Nathan Burton – Radiance by Catherine M Valence
Mass Market: Jack Smyth – Girls on Fire by Robin Wassermann
Literary Fiction: Suzanne Dean and illustrator Marion de Man – The Start of Something by Stuart Dybek
Crime/Thriller: Blacksheep – Maestra by L.S. Hilton
Non-fiction: Jack Smyth – The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
Series Design: Suzanne Deane and illustrator Aino-Maija Metsola – books by Virginia Wolf
Classic/Reissue: Jamie Keenan – The Birds and other stories by Daphne du Maurier
Women’s Fiction: Kris Potter – Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

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Left: Blacksheep – Maestra by L.S. Hilton
Right: Suzanne Dean and illustrator Marion de Man – The Start of Something by Stuart Dybek

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Left: Kris Potter – Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
Right: Jamie Keenan – The Birds and other stories by Daphne du Maurier

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Left: Jack Smyth – Girls on Fire by Robin Wassermann
Right: Sinem Erkas – The Memory Book by Lara Avery

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Suzanne Deane and illustrator Aino-Maija Metsola – Virginia Wolf