Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Johnny Cannon Cover Contest

Are you an artist? A designer? An illustrator?

Do you aspire for any of those titles?

Do you wish you could get an example of your work seen by publishers, editors, and literary agents?

Do you love kids books?

Would you like signed copies of two novels?

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, then this is the contest for you!

I released a new short story on May 29, Johnny Cannon Goes to Washington. And when you read that story, you might notice that it's a little...well...ahem...naked.

In other words, that short story needs a cover!

And that's where you come in.

From today (June 1) through June 30, I'll be accepting submissions for the Johnny Cannon Cover Contest. The winner (chosen subjectively by myself and a few other, highly trusted judges), will have their cover attached to the short story, seen by publishers, editors, and literary agents, and will receive signed copies of the two Johnny Cannon books currently out from Simon & Schuster: The Troubles of Johnny Cannon and The Struggles of Johnny Cannon.

So, how do you enter and (more importantly) how do you win?


1. Read the short story and use it as inspiration to create a Johnny Cannon cover that will knock my socks off. Use the covers from the novels as further inspiration (Troubles and Struggles), but be creative and make this a reflection of this story and your art. Don't try to copy Sam Bosma (for oh so many reasons), be YOU!

2. Make sure the image is the right size (a 1:5 ratio, preferably 3000 pixels by 4500 pixels) and that the file is a .jpg. Name the file "[YOUR NAME] Johnny Cannon Cover.jpg"

3. E-mail the file by June 30 to with this subject line: 
SUBMISSION - Johnny Cannon Cover Contest
Make sure your name and mailing address are in the body of the email.

4. The winner of the contest will be chosen and contacted by July 7 and announced publicly on July 10. After that, the winner will receive signed copies of the two Johnny Cannon books and the winning cover will become the cover for the short story in all future distributions. That means that YOUR COVER will be seen by publishers, editors, and agents!

(Please Note: By entering this competition, you agree to allow your cover design to be used freely, with proper credit given, by Isaiah Campbell for the short story, Johnny Cannon Goes to Washington, and any promotions for this contest and any future contests, as well as promotion for Isaiah Campbell and Johnny Cannon.)

So...What are you waiting for?!?!? Get to designing!


Isaiah Campbell

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