Public’s Choices for Best Covers in the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition 2021

The publicly-chosen winning book cover and the rest of the top 10 finishers in the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition 2021 Cover Contest were revealed on September 23.

The SPSFC judges initially narrowed the field of 300 entries to 100 before opening up voting to the public. Nearly 1,000 votes were cast over a three-week span.

The 2021 SPSFC Best Cover and Top 10 are:

#1 ARvekt by Craig Lea Gordon. Cover Artist: Rashed AlAkroka

#2 The Lost Signal by J.S. Fernández Morales. Cover Artist: Diéresis Brand Consulting

#3 The Narrows by Travis M. Riddle. Cover Artist: Luke Valentine

#4 The Immortality Game by Ted Cross. Cover Artist:  Stephan Martiniere

 #5 Refraction by Wick Welker. Cover Artist: Damonza.com

#6 God in the Machine by Cole Martyn. Cover Artist: Rashed AlAkroka

 #7 Bloodlines by Peter Hartog. Cover Artist: Lance Buckley

#8 Ghosts of Tomorrow by Michael R. Fletcher. Cover Artist:  John Anthony Di Giovanni

#9 Dog Country by Malcolm F. Cross. Cover Artist: Pye

#10 The Star Collector by Matthew William. Cover Artist: Image is a photo from https://anea.co.za/

8 thoughts on “Public’s Choices for Best Covers in the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition 2021

  1. Are these covers that were published in 2020? If so, The Immortality Game by Ted Cross was published in 2014.

  2. Cliff Samuels: Are these covers that were published in 2020? If so, The Immortality Game by Ted Cross was published in 2014.

    It’s the first year of the contest, and I don’t believe they had any limitation on publication year, but they did specify other criteria:

    1) Your book must be a standalone or the first in a series.
    2) One book per author. So send your best!
    3) It must be a novel, not an anthology.
    4) The book must be self-published and available for purchase now.
    5) Works must be at least 50,000 words.
    6) Not a children’s (sub-YA) book.

  3. Some very nice artwork. Congrats to everyone. I’d have difficulty choosing a winner from these choices, myself.

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  5. I like about half of these a lot! A couple are pretty good but not great; and I actively dislike a few of them.

    Hmm, TBH that ratio’s only a little worse than (or perhaps about on par with) traditionally published book covers. 😉 So, kudos to the artists & designers here.

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