#SPFBO – Cover Competition


A part of the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off is the cover competition that is held before all the reading and judging commences.  This is a lovely way to get the ball rolling and gives all the entrants another shot at having their book highlighted in a really positive way.  All ten judges pick three favourite covers from their own batch of books.  There is then a vote to decide the favourite out of the 30 covers submitted.

I can’t tell you how difficult this was.  I definitely wanted more than three.  Now, being a sole blogger I can’t really vote on the books so I just have to go with my gut feeling.  No amount of humming and ahhing has helped.  I’ve been backwards and forwards deliberating and I can say for the record that you people (my authors) have made this almost impossible.  At the end of the day there are some quality covers – check them out here.  I eventually narrowed it down to about eight contenders but the three I’m entering into the competition are as follows:

My 3 cover contenders:

Sorry to all the others, I realise it’s not much consolation but I liked so many of your covers and the standard this year is fantastic.  To check out the other entries put forward this year look here.



25 Responses to “#SPFBO – Cover Competition”

  1. Tammy

    These were three of my favorites, you did good Lynn!😊

  2. suzannerogersonfantasyauthor

    You have picked 3 brilliant covers. I think voting for the overall winner will be very hard!

  3. Siobhan @ Novelties

    They’re gorgeous covers!

    • @lynnsbooks

      There were some lovelies and lots of strong competition.
      Lynn 😀

  4. amjusticewrites

    It’s a real honor to be selected! AWF’s designer will be so pleased, and we have some tough competition from the other outstanding choices.

    • @lynnsbooks

      There are some amazing covers and your cover certainly catches the eye really well – which is the purpose of the cover really and therefore makes it very successful imo. I wish you all the best – like you say, there is some tough competition.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Nadine - todaysechoes

    Gorgeous covers! I especially like Sworn to the Night.

  6. sjhigbee

    A Wizard’s Forge was my personal favourite when I saw them altogether, so I think you’ve done a really good job – which I don’t envy one little bit!

  7. News Update: A Wizard’s Forge Passes First Hurdle in the 2018 SPFBO – AM Justice

    […] A Wizard’s Forge, and I’m pleased to announce the cover was selected as a finalist by Lynn’s Book Blog, the judge for AWF in the first round. This is a huge validation of the creative thinking and […]

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I would have had a tough time choosing too. There were some really nice ones, and Wizard’s Forge would have been high on my list.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, that’s a lovely cover – it just catches the eye really well.
      Lynn 😀

  9. bkfrgr

    Great choices! 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Thanks – there are some lovely covers – it will be interesting to see what happens.
      Lynn 😀

  10. waytoofantasy

    Tough to choose, there were so many good ones. I do love the first of these, feels intriguing and makes me interested in reading the blurb.

    • @lynnsbooks

      There are some very good contenders. It’s going to be a tough competition I think.
      Lynn 😀

  11. Carmen

    I got two out of the three you chose; not bad. 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yay – I hope they do well. There’s certainly some strong competition.
      Lynn 😀

  12. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I love Sworn to the Night. Pretty yet eerie.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, the eye in the cover follows you. What I liked about it was it gave me a Vandermeer creepy style feel, I liked the way that the blue smoke(?) curls around the title rather than the title being simply plonked on top – it gives it a professional feel
      Lynn 😀

  13. jessicabookworm

    Well done Lynn for narrowing it down to just three with so many great covers to choose from!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I can’t wait to see all the other covers – although picked 3 favourites won’t be easy.
      Lynn 😀

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