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Making Information Pay | A Track of IDPF Digital Book 2015 at BEA

ECPA TOP SHELF AWARD: criteria | judges | submit

Top Shelf


November 2014 - August 14, 2015

Overview  |  Criteria  |  Judges  |  Submission Form


ECPA manages the ECPA Top Shelf Awards to celebrate the best book designs in Christian publishing.  Covers are judged by top designers in the industry for their merits in:

        • appropriateness for the market
        • level of conceptual thinking
        • quality of execution

Online submission form available now through August 14, 2015. Top Shelf covers will be announced, presented with an award, featured in a print Annual  and celebrated in October at ECPA's annual PUBu.



Submitting Companies and Content

All publishing companies submitting entries must be ECPA members in good standing.  The Christian content in each entry must not be contrary to the ECPA Statement of Faith.

Publication Date

Eligible books must be originally published by an ECPA member anywhere in the world and released for public sale between June 2014 - August 2015.

Book Formats

Books eligible for entry are defined as "bound volumes", either case bound, paper bound or spiral bound. Bible entries can include both front cover and/or front matter package design.


Online entry form will be available for submission now through August 14, 2015.[Information from the entry form will be duplicated for program promotion and celebration.]

Entry quantity: Any ECPA member publisher, imprint or division of a larger publishing house may enter as many titles as it wishes.

Entry fee is $59 for each cover entry.  [Email instruction for payment will follow receipt of submission form. Entry fee is non-refundable. Both submission form and payment must be received by August 14 for 2015 program eligibility.]

Cover image file to accompany each title submitted should be 300 dpi in .jpg format that is actual size.

Book copies to accompany each entry form: TWO copies of each title should be shipped to ECPA for program judging.  Ship to: ECPA | Attention: Cindy Carter | 9633 S 48th St; Suite 195 | Phoenix AZ 85044


Program judges will evaluate each entry on the basis of its appropriateness for the market, level of conceptual thinking and quality of execution.

Ten or more TOP SHELF covers will be chosen from the entries to represent the best covers of the Christian publishing industry for 2015.

Winners will be announced at ECPA's annual PUBu event and presented with an award. Each winner will also be featured in a printed Annual, designed by Faceout Studios | produced by Color House Graphics, and distributed to the industry's designers and design professionals.

FaceoutStudio.comSponsored by market leading design firm Faceout Studio, these awards are managed by principal Torrey Sharpe and judged by a panel of three industry experts.

Faceout Studio is a market leading design firm that services a broad range of national and international publishing clientele. The studio focuses on brand design, brand identity systems, book packaging, photography, film production and product development. Over the years their work has been recognized by Communication Arts, the AIGA, Print magazine, Eye magazine, STEP magazine, Graphis, CMYK, Graphic Design: USA and the national American Advertising Federation. Their work has also been published in various books, most recently from Rockport, Harper Collins, Springer and Barcelona-based Mao Mao publications. They have been invited to speak at various events hosted by the AIGA, AAUP, and the Shanghai Press and Publication Bureau as well as many northwest art schools.  Past judging experiences have included the Independent Book Publishers Association, the American Association of University Presses and the Beauty of Books in China, sponsored by the Shanghai Press and Publication Administration.

Color House GraphicsColor House Graphics is a book manufacturing company that exists to help publishers, authors and companies create and deliver great books. Whether you're an individual with a story to tell or a large publisher wanting to leverage your intellectual assets, we can help you produce a convincing product. After 27 years of servicing the Christian publishing industry, we continue to use a mix of technology and personal service to help you publish content in print or digital form so it can be distributed with ease. We encourage you to explore our website and discover how our group of dedicated people working together can provide you with superior service and quality from your first contact to delivery of your books. We welcome the opportunity to demonstrate our abilities to you with your next project.


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