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The Palette Awards

Book Cover Contest

The Palette Awards are open to League of Utah Writers members who have released a new cover in the past year.

Winners announced at the Quills Conference Awards Ceremony
August 11, 2024


Welcome to the Palette Awards Cover Contest 2024 as hosted by the League of Utah Writers!  


Entry Fee


$10 per entry. 


Rules and Guidelines


Submissions open March 11th and close May 10th.


Must be a member of the League of Utah Writers. Note: At contest close, submissions will be verified for member eligibility at contest close. If membership will have lapsed or will be lapsed by September 2024, the submitter will be prompted to renew their membership. If a week goes by without their membership being renewed, the submission will be denied without their entry fee being refunded.


This cover contest is both for traditional and self-published texts. Artist/Designer must be credited if one was used. AI Generated art does not qualify for this contest.


Cover must have been released between May 2023 to May 10 2024 before the submission deadline. 


NOTE: Only the cover must have been released within the stated time frame. If a book is published before that 2023-24 window, but is re-released under a different cover within that time frame, the cover is eligible for this contest. 


Gold, Silver, and Bronze Palettes are given in each category.


The Lapis Lazuli Palette Award is given to the highest score among all entries.


Categories may be combined if there are insufficient entries..


Restrictions and Judging


Multiple entries may be submitted, but each cover design may only be entered into one category.


Judges are an anonymous third party from outside the League of Utah Writers.


Judges will know the author's name since it is impossible to redact names or other identifying information. In no way does the League of Utah Writers share your personal information with any third party. Any information of such a nature is only for use in contacting the submitter, should you need assistance.


Award winners will be announced at the Quills Awards during the Quills Conference. Please make sure your submission provides a valid MAILING ADDRESS, along with your email address. You do not need to be present at the awards ceremony to win. If you are not present and you place in a category, we will mail you your award, but can only do so with a valid mailing address. 




Entries can only be accepted electronically via Submission Manager.


Formats Accepted: PDF, JPG, and PNG.


Files will be deleted at the conclusion of judging.


Final Notes


Contacting a judge, editor, or agent regarding the contest (before, during, and after) will result in the contestant being disqualified from future participation in any hosted contests by The League. 


Violation of the rules will result in a non-judged piece and forfeiture of entry fees. 


Categories may be combined if there are insufficient entries. 


For any questions regarding the Quills published book contest, please email us!

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