Melrose Books wants you to design a book cover!

There is nothing that can attract a reader to a book like the cover. One glance at the colours and texture, the composition, the use of light and shadow, the style of a cover design and you know exactly what kind of read you’re in for.

And now, you have an opportunity to make that initial impact by designing a cover for one of our upcoming titles!

In the spring of 2012 Melrose Books is publishing Kit Cope Rides the High Country, a novel which sets out to single-handedly restore the Western genre. Written with a great deal of verve and vigour, fashioned with great affection and respect for the genre, author Alan Eltron Barrell’s manuscript bristles with intensity and authenticity. He’s looking for the same kind of energy and vision in a cover design.

Our artists’ call-to-arms is to your left, but more details on this unique opportunity after the jump.

To commemorate this unique Western release, Melrose Books and Alan Eltron Barrell are offering the opportunity for one lucky and talented individual to produce the full cover design artwork for the novel. The winner will receive a free signed copy of the book and their credentials featured inside the novel upon the copyright page.

We are looking for any kind of inspired depiction that captures the spirit of the old west, from cattle and cowboys to towns and showdowns. The finished version must be in full colour and free of any script.

So, if you are artistically inclined, inspired by the old west and would like to add a unique cover design to your portfolio, contact us by emailing

The competition closes at noon on Monday, October 3, 2011. So get drawin’ and invoke once against the spirit of the old rip-roaring west! Alan Eltron Barrell will chose the depiction that best accomplishes what his own novel sets out to do: remind us all of the savage beauty of the est, and of the fresh and defiant life still flowing in the genre. So take up the cry: Westerns Never Die!

All submissions must be received by Monday, October 3, 2011. Submissions must include preferred contact details, and a self-addressed return package for entries sent by post. Only the winner will be notified, after which no correspondence will be entered into. For questions or submissions prior to October 3, 2011, please contact Employees and authors of Melrose Books are not eligible. Cover Design Competition