books Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize 2022 now open for registration


The renowned Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize 2022 is now open for nominations and celebrates its seventh year with an illustrious list of jury members. The award which is announced annually at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Meet and Jaipur Literature Fest Bookmark aims to do so also in 2022. The jury is made up of author and columnist Shobhaa De, Apeejay group director Surendra Priti Paul, of the politician and author Shashi Tharoor, prolific author Kunal Basu and academic and museum curator Alka Pande. The singular common thread that binds all the members of the jury is their collective love for the books, while their diverse background aims to offer a varied perspective to the prize.

There is no denying the influence of a good book cover on the reception of the book by readers. This opportunity allows publishers to feel appreciated for this special honor. Applications will be welcome until November 15th. Previous winners of this coveted award include Beena Sareen for Talking of Justice by the late author Leila Seth, published by Aleph; Pinaki De for the book Kalkatta by Kunal Basu, published by Picador India; Maithili Doshi Aphale for Himalaya by Ruskin Bond and Namita Gokhale, published by Speaking Tiger; Bonita Vaz Shimray for Remnants of a Separation by Aanchal Malhotra, published by HarperCollins; Sneha Pamneja for Tiffin: 500 Authentic Recipes Celebrating India’s Regional Cuisine by Sonal Ved, published by Roli Books and Gunjan Ahlawat for the beautiful cover of Gun Island: A Novel by Amitav Ghosh, published by Hamish Hamilton.

Commenting on the different parameters that the jury looks for when judging a book by its cover, Alka Pande said: “From its establishment, the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize is committed to highlighting the invisible actors in play, the designers of book covers and illustrators who are key players in the facial curation of a book. The methodology involves selecting and preselecting book covers with the ability to capture the essence of the book through a visual not only with clarity and creativity, but also depth and vigor.

“Identifying the best book covers from among the hundreds of entries received from a diaspora of publishers across the country is a difficult task, but it is the diversity of our jury’s backgrounds and expertise associated with the scientific process of discussion, voting and evaluation with each physical copy of the nominated book, which makes the judging process distinctive. The long list and shortlist of each edition of the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize is a testament to the extraordinary artistry and design that exists in the Indian publishing industry and the Prize does its best to recognize and decipher this magnificent art.

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