Re-Covered Books: ‘The Great Gatsby’

Re-Covered Books

I’ve been excited to start a new competition for a while. A kind of project that would be enjoyable for me to curate and would engage you as a creative person. Offhand, I mentioned on Twitter that it would be interesting to have readers create their own covers for books. So, I’m presenting the newest The Fox Is Black competition: Re-Covered Books. The idea is simple: create a cover for a book I choose and the winner gets a $100 gift card to Amazon. Sound good?

The first book we’ll be re-covering is The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I wanted to start with an American classic that was well regarded by many and I feel like The Great Gatsby has a lot of rich imagery that will translate well to a cover. Do a Google search of “The Great Gatsby Book Cover” and you get a lot of variations, some of which I’ve posted above for inspiration. The one I’m most familiar with is the top left one, with the flapper looking girl with a tear rolling down her face, superimposed over Coney Island. But, my favorite is the simple Alvin Lustig cover with the giant dollar sign: clean and beautiful.

The competition will judged by myself, Danica, and Alex with one grand prize winner taking the cake. I’d love to see you take this project and really creating something remarkable. My suggestion would be to print out a full dust jacket and wrap it around a book you own. The size and shape are up to you and your taste. The more effort you take, the better your chance to win. I’ll be posting all of the entries in a separate post and a link in the sidebar so you can check in to see what’s new. Here are the details:

• Size and shape are completely up to you: the more inventive, the better. It does need to be a book though. No electronics!

• Send all entries to [email protected] with the subject “Re-Covered Books: The Great Gatsby“. Just cut and paste what I wrote there. It’s super easy and it helps me keep track of entries.

• All entries are due January 28th, 2011 by Midnight, PST. That gives nearly 3 weeks to create something for the competition.

If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments. I hope a lot of you participate, as I think this could be a really fun competition and your work could get noticed by some really cool people. Good luck!

Maxime Francout

Maxime Francout

Ian O’Phelan

Ian O’Phelan

Conor Bateman

Kris Merbach


Heath D. Wiliiams

Heath D. Williams

Matthew Gore

Matthew Gore

Julien Dalard

Julien Dalard

Julien Dalard

Julien Dalard

Julien Dalard

Julien Dalard

Julien Dalard

Julien Dalard

Malik Tarhouni

Malik Tarhouni

Mike Arnold

Mike Arnold

Philipp Dornbrierer

Philipp Dornbrierer

Hans Peterse

Hans Peterse

Kjell Roger Ringstad

Kjel Roger Ringstad

Rob Zbrezny

Rob Zbrezny

Ryan Vance

Ryan Vance

Ryan Vance

Wade Greenberg-Brand

Wade Greenberg-Brand

Heath D. Williams

Heath D. Williams

Heath D. Williams

Ryan Bradley

Ryan Bradley

Kelly Chia

Kelly Chia

Bryce Wilner

Bryce Wilner

Bryce Wilner

Bryce Wilner

Joe McDermott

Joe McDermott

Patrick McWain

Patrick McWain

Caree Michel

Caree Michel

Caree Michel

Caree Michel

Caree Michel

Hannes Beer

Hannes Beer

Callie Logan

Callie Logan

Luke Chamberlin

Luke Chamberlin

Sean Patrick

Sean Patrick

Sean Patrick

Sean Patrick

Sara Andreasson

Sara Andreasson

Sara Andreasson

Alex Gelmers

Alex Gelmers

Aled Lewis

Aled Lewis

Mason Plunkett

Mason Plunkett

Mason Plunkett

Mason Plunkett

Mason Plunkett

Mason Plunkett

Patricia Kirsch

Patricia Kirsch

Patricia Kirsch

Scott Alexander

Scott Alexander

Tiffany Chen

Tiffany Chen

Levi McGranahan

Levi McGranahan

Levi McGranahan

Kendra Dandy

Kendra Dandy

Dennis Kapell

Dennis Kapell

Ryan Collier

Ryan Collier

Ryan Collier

Paul Delaurier

Paul Delaurier

Naomi Sloman

Naomi Sloman

Naomi Sloman

Thanh Vu

Thanh Vu

Thanh Vu

Thanh Vu

Thanh Vu

Matt Buceri

Matt Buceri

Rosanna Matz

Rosanna Matz

Rosanna Matz

Lauren Fundora

Lauren Fundora

Lauren Fundora

Jennifer Matos

Jennifer Matos

Kathryn Corlett

Kathryn Corlett

Charlotte Audrey Owen-Meehan

Charlotte Audrey Owen-Meehan

Ryan Lake

Ryan Lake

Ryan Lake

Elizabeth M. Berg

Elizabeth M. Berg

Elizabeth M. Berg

Elizabeth M. Berg

Sean Barry

Sean Barry

Sean Barry

Sean Barry

Daniel Gies

Daniel Gies

Ally Berke

Ally Berke

Nicola Turville

Nicolla Turville

James Martin

James Martin

James Martin

James Martin

James Martin

Emilee Ellis

Emilee Ellis

ene13

ene13

Jenny Trygg

Jenny Trygg

Jenny Trygg

Lisa Shininger

Lisa Shininger

Steven Blumenthal

Steven Blumenthal

Sal Renwick

Sal Renwick

Sal Renwick

Sal Renwick

Rae Drake

Rae Drake

Brandon Waybright

Brandon Waybright

Patrick Jordan

Patrick Jordan

Steve Boyland

Steve Boyland


Joshua Orr

Joshua Orr

Joshua Orr

Joshua Orr

Hiller Goodspeed

Hiller Goodspeed

Bobby

Bobby Solomon

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