Thursday, September 25, 2008


ECPA Announces Finalists for the
2008 ECPA/Dickinson Press Book Cover Award

Phoenix, Arizona -- The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) announced this week the names of 13 finalists for the 2008 ECPA/Dickinson Press Book Cover Award. These annual awards recognize superior book cover design in the Christian publishing industry in four categories—Bibles, Small-Sized Publisher, Mid-Sized Publisher and Large Publisher. The top three covers in each category (four in the case of a tie) become finalists. A single winner for each category will be announced at ECPA’s Publishing University (PUBu) in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday, November 2.

Thirteen ECPA member publishers submitted 63 covers for this year’s competition. Entries were evaluated based on how the cover design matched the characteristics of the book’s target audience using guidelines based on research findings of a Research Institute on Social Change (RISC) study of book buyers . Design components such as composition, images, font treatment, color palette, and title were considered.

The 13 finalists for the 2008 ECPA/Dickinson Press Book Cover Award are:


The Literary Study Bible, Crossway Books & Bibles, Leland Ryken and Philip Graham Ryken, 9781581348088

Urban Devotional Bible, Crossway Books & Bibles, Dr. Michael Reynolds, Sr. General Editor, 9781433502828

The Voice of Hebrews - The Voice™ translation, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Greg Garrett and David Capes, contributors, 9780529123534

Best Cover from a Small-Sized Publisher (1-100 titles annually)

Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life, Crossway Books & Bibles, Colin Duriez, 9781581348576

Preaching as Art, Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, Darius L. Salter, 9780834123595

Red Letters, David C. Cook, Tom Davis, 9780781445351

Zora and Nicky, David C. Cook, Claudia Mair Burney, 9780781445504

Best Cover from a Mid-Sized Publisher (101-250 titles annually)

Faith to Faith, Harvest House Publishers, Dan Scott, 9780736923507

O2, Harvest House Publishers, Richard Dahlstrom, 9780736922142

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, Andrew Peterson, 9781400073849

Best Covers from a Large Publisher (251+ titles published annually)

Adam, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Ted Dekker, 9781595540072

The Domino Effect Participant’s Guide, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Wayfarer Ministries: Chad Brooks, Chad Norris and Dave Rhodes, 9781418533410

, Baker Publishing Group, David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons, 9780801013003

In 2006, a study was commissioned by Dickinson Press and conducted by the RISC to help Christian publishers develop and design more on-target products. Based on the RISC research, ECPA and Dickinson Press developed the ECPA/Dickinson Press Book Cover Award which is presented annually and recognizes the industry's finest book cover design integrity.

“Dickinson Press and ECPA are proud to recognize the most unique and innovative book cover designs in our industry,” says ECPA President Mark Kuyper. “Research proves that book covers powerfully impact consumer purchasing decisions, so this special recognition is well deserved.”

The ECPA/Dickinson Press Book Cover Award encourages, identifies and celebrates "best in class" design for Christian publishing's book covers. For more information about the program or to view finalist covers, visit

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The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) is an international non-profit trade organization, comprised of nearly 200 member companies worldwide, representing a combined revenue of nearly $2 billion. Founded in 1974, ECPA is dedicated to serving the Christian publishing industry through equipping its members through cutting-edge technology, meaningful data, dynamic educational opportunity and unprecedented access to markets. For more information about ECPA, contact us at: 480-966-3998 phone, 480-966-1944 fax, 9633 South 48th Street, Suite 140, Phoenix, Arizona 85044,

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