Cover Contest Guidelines

Submitted works should be original art created by you. Please do not include anyone else's copyrighted material in your submissions unless you have permission to use and publish it.

All types of visual art are welcome! We are looking for a diversity of mediums including, but not limited to, photography, painting, printing, etching, and collage.

Submitted works should be unpublished. Work that has been shared on your own website or social media accounts is eligible for the contest. By entering the contest you are authorizing NCE to use the work on our cover, website, and social media indefinitely.

 Submissions should be photos or scans of your work. Please do not send original artwork.

  • You can submit a maximum of 5 images.
  • Artwork should be vertical (portrait orientation).
  • Image size should be a minimum of 8.5" x 11" and a maximum 11" x 17" and at least 300 DPI resolution preferred.
  • If a finalist’s artwork is not submitted in high resolution (at least 300dpi), NCE staff will reach out to the artist for a high resolution scanned copy of the artwork if your work is chosen for our cover.
  • Please send your work using the .jpg, .jpeg, .png, or .pdf file format.
  • Graphic design software, including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, or open source product, can be used.
  • Please rename file submissions to include your first and last name.

Your submission should include a brief statement on the work and how it relates to the theme: “What does struggle, hope, and finding joy look like to you?”.

No purchase or payment is necessary to enter the contest.

NCE Cover Art Contest Entry Form