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The Palette Awards

Book Cover Contest

Winners announced at the Quills Conference Awards Ceremony
August 12, 2023


Winners! Be sure to download your award logos for use on your websites and social media.

Visit the contest award logo download page here.

Lapis Lazuli Palette

CJ Connor “Board to Death” (Just Write Chapter)

Independently Published

  • Gold Palette- Daniel Yocom “Kindred Spirits” (The Infinite Monkeys)

  • Silver Palette - Nathan Andersen “Ten Talking Tacos” (The Infinite Monkeys)

  • Bronze Palette - Bruce Jacobs “Zeke Zooter and the Eye of Balor” (Blue Quill) 

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Traditionally Published

  • Gold Palette - Bryan Young “The Aeronaut”

  • Gold Palette - Bryan Young “The Serpent's Head” (Salt City Genre Writers)

  • Silver Palette - Ona Siporin “If Two of Them Are Dead” (Cache Valley Chapter) 

  • Bronze Palette - Bryan Young “BattleTech: Fox Tales” (Salt City Genre Writers) 




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Palette Contest Rules


Entry Fee


$10 per entry. 


Rules and Guidelines


Submissions open March 13th and closes May 12th.


Must be a member of the League of Utah Writers.


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 from May 2022 to May 12 2023 before the submission deadline. 


NOTE: Only the cover must have been released within the stated time frame. If a book is published before that 2022-23 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


A cover design may only be entered into one category.


Multiple entries are accepted from a single author, but each cover can only be entered once.


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 or allowing Reviewr to identify your account, should you need assistance.


Award winners will be announced at the Quills Awards during the Quills Conference. Please make sure your submission via Reviewr 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 Reviewr.


Formats Accepted: PDF, JPG, and PNG.


File 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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