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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 (printed case or dust jacket), paper bound or spiral bound. Bible entries can include both front cover and/or front matter package design.

If multiple cover designs are available for the same entry, all versions may be submitted and will be judged as one entry.


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.

Color House Graphics

Color House Graphics donates their excellent print services to produce the Top Shelf Winners Annual and make it available for the industry.



Faceout Studio utilizes their standing and connections in the design industry to assist the ECPA in the selection of top-rated designers to judge the Top Shelf program each year. 











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