English Composition Book Cover Design Contest


Get paid to be creative! Design the cover for next year’s Student Guide to English Composition 1001. Imagine the satisfaction of having over 3,000 students carry your published design all around campus.

• The winning design will be awarded a one-time prize of $500.

• The contest is open to all UC students (undergraduate and graduate).

• Designs must be submitted by March 15, 2019.  Please send submission by email to christopher.carter@uc.edu or on CD to Chris Carter in 245C Arts and Sciences Hall.

Include your name, M#, email address and phone number.

Please contact christopher.carter@uc.edu with questions.

Technical Requirements

 Front Cover Design Parameters

  • Size: 7.625” wide X 8.75” tall. Keep text at least 0.75” away from the edges (see template).
  • Back cover design not required but can be submitted. Spine will be designed by publisher.
  • Include title: Student Guide to English Composition 1001
  • Include editors’ names: Joyce Malek, Christopher Carter, Rhiannon Scharnhorst.

Digital File Parameters

  • Preferred file types: Adobe Illustrator – .eps or .ai; Adobe Photoshop – layered .psd or .tif files (do not flatten); .jpg, .tif, or pdf.
  • Digital cover art/photos must be at least 300 dpi
  • Avoid enlarging photos
  • RGB or CMYK color mode

 Acceptable Non-digital Formats

  • Original artwork (e.g., drawings and paintings)

Using the University of Cincinnati Logo


  • Color copies, images printed on a color printer, low-resolution files
  • Artwork created in Microsoft Word or Publisher
  • Images/photos from the Internet, as these images are often copyright-protected
book cover diagram, showing the width and height of the front cover., as written above

Dimensions for the book cover contest.