Cover Design Competition by Oxford University Press

Deadline: 15 June 2014
Open to: students enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or graduate course at an art school on 30 January 2014
Prize: 5 printed copies of a BJA issue featuring the winning design on the cover and £150-worth of books published by Oxford University Press


The British Journal of Aesthetics (BJA) holds a competition each year open to students on full-time undergraduate or graduate courses at art and design schools or in fine art/design departments in any country to design a cover for the journal, which is published by Oxford University Press (OUP), both in print and online. The overall cover design includes an image, generally a black & white photograph of a sculpture or a detail from a print. It is normally but not necessarily a monochrome image. But winning entries in the competition have varied considerably from this norm.

This year the competition topic is ‘Art, nature, and evolution’. Each entry will be judged by a panel of judges consisting of the Editor and Associate Editor of the BJA, the Publisher of OUP’s philosophy journals, Victoria Smith, and the distinguished graphic designer John Morgan. Decisions and rulings of the judges are final and binding. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if no entry is submitted which they judge worthy of the prize. The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to their decisions or the competition.


To be eligible to enter the competition, you must be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or graduate course at an art school on 30 January 2014. The BJA reserves the right to verify eligibility.


Shortlisted designs will be displayed on the BJA website. The winning design will be used on the cover of the October 2014 issue of the BJA. The issue will carry a half-page about the winner and his or her work. The winner will receive 5 printed copies of the issue featuring their design, and will also be invited to choose £150-worth of books published by Oxford University Press, free of charge. Runners-up will also be considered for future issue covers of BJA and will be notified in due course. Should they be selected, a half page feature on the artist will be published in the same issue.


The closing date for applications is 15 June 2014. 

Entries to the competition must be submitted by email to: Entrants should submit a .jpeg or .tiff file containing their image, as well as a .jpeg or .pdf file of the cover design incorporating their image. All entries must be accompanied by a .pdf containing a scanned letter, signed by the entrant, stating details of the course on which he or she was enrolled on 30 January 2014, together with the entrant’s contact details. The winner and runners-up will be notified by email in July 2014.

For further information, please visit the official website.

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