Re-Covered Books Contest: ‘The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle’ by Haruki Murakami

Re-Covered Books Contest: 'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle' by Haruki Murakami

'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle' by Haruki Murakami, Cover Design by John Gall

I’m pretty sure some of our readers might be crazy. I haven’t done a Re-Covered Books contests in a little while, at least not since our failed attempt at trying to re-cover The Hobbit (we only received about 6 entries). This time around I decided to take a vote and let you the readers choose which book we re-covered, and and of the four choices you decided to take on Haruki Murikami’s, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.

The novel is about a low-key unemployed man, Toru Okada, whose cat runs away. A chain of events follow that prove that his seemingly mundane life is much more complicated than it appears.

This is not only a bold choice, this book is really weird, but it’s also had the honor of having two spectacular covers by two amazing designers: Chip Kidd and John Gall. They’ve set the bar incredibly high, so I’m expecting some really great entries. For a bit of reference check out this collection of covers from around the world. Some are good, some are meh.

'The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle' by Haruki Murakami, Cover Design by Chip Kidd

For your cover I want you to take the weirdness and originality of the book and channel that into the design. I think some contemporary with a slight bit of weirdness is an interesting take, which is also so different from what both Kidd and Gall have done. No bird toys either, that’s already been done. I think the idea of contemporary psychedelia could be an interesting route to try as well, for those of you who are brave.

Princeton Architectural Press Prizes

UPDATE: I’ve partnered up with the Princeton Architectural Press to give away the pretty awesome prizes you see above. How cool is that?

RULES

• Save your images as JPGs at 800px wide, 72 DPI, RGB mode – this is super important! There are no height restrictions (within reason) but be sure to send images as separate JPGs. Feel free to play with the dimensions and have fun with what you make. Submitting a front and back cover will certainly help your chances, but is not required. You can enter up to 3 times.

The winner will receive a $100 gift card to Amazon, and perhaps some more fun goodies that I’m digging up.

• Label your files “Firstname-Lastname-Wind-Up-Bird.jpg”

• Send all entries to [email protected] with the subject “Re-Covered Books: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle“. Cut and paste what I wrote there, it’s super easy and it helps me keep track of your entry.

• All entries are due Saturday, February 23, 2013 by Midnight PST.

If there are any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments. I look forward to seeing what you come up with and be sure to tell your friends/classmates/pets to participate as well. Good luck and have fun!

Matiukha Anton's cover for The WInd-Up Bird Chronicle

Matiukha Anton's cover for The WInd-Up Bird Chronicle

Matiukha Anton

Abbey Schuyler's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Abbey Schuyler's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Abbey Schuyler's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Abbey Schuyler

Catherine Maguire's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Catherine Maguire

Hector Mendoza's cover for The Wind-Up BIrd Chronicle

Hector Mendoza's cover for The Wind-Up BIrd Chronicle

Hector Mendoza

Chantel Delulio's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Chantel Delulio's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Chantel Delulio's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Chantel Delulio

Michael Arnold's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Michael Arnold's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Michael Arnold's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Michael Arnold

Samantha Morello's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Samantha Morello's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Samantha Morello

Metella Pegoraro's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Metella Pegoraro's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Metella Pegoraro

Kevin Kelly's cover fo The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kevin Kelly's cover fo The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kevin Kelly's cover fo The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kevin Kelly's cover fo The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kevin Kelly's cover fo The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kevin Kelly

Mirelle Ortega's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Mirelle Ortega's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Mirelle Ortega

Matt Gonzalez's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Matt Gonzalez's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Matt Gonzalez

Matt Wrightson's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Matt Wrightson

Gabriela Pascan's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Gabriela Pascan's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Gabriela Pascan

Sam Kittinger's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Sam Kittinger's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Sam Kittinger's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Sam Kittinger's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Sam Kittinger

Rob McDonald's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Rob McDonald's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Rob McDonald's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Rob McDonald's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Rob McDonald

Lori Schkufza's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Lori Schkufza's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Lori Schkufza

Juan A. Sánchez's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Juan A. Sánchez's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Juan A. Sánchez's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Juan A. Sánchez

Jennifer McMahon's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Jennifer McMahon's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Jennifer McMahon's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Jennifer McMahon

María Maggiori's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

María Maggiori's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

María Maggiori

Joaquín Castro's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Joaquín Castro's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Joaquín Castro's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Joaquín Castro

Mark Grothman's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Mark Grothman's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Mark Grothman's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Mark Grothman

Kevin Enriquez's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kevin Enriquez's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kevin Enriquez's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kevin Enriquez's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kevin Enriquez

Ayesha Kapadia's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Ayesha Kapadia's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Ayesha Kapadia's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Ayesha Kapadia

Cat Finnie's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Cat Finnie's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Cat Finnie

Róisín Gaffney's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Róisín Gaffney

Heong Kheng Boon's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Heong Kheng Boon

Rebecca Duff-Smith's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Rebecca Duff-Smith's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Rebecca Duff-Smith

Juan Zambrano's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Juan Zambrano

Phuong Nguyen's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Phuong Nguyen's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Phuong Nguyen's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Phuong Nguyen's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Phuong Nguyen

Louise Norman's cover for The Wind-Up bird Chronicle

Louise Norman's cover for The Wind-Up bird Chronicle

Louise Norman's cover for The Wind-Up bird Chronicle

Louise Norman

Anna Kövecses' cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Anna Kövecses' cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Anna Kövecses' cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Anna Kövecses' cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Anna Kövecses' cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Anna Kövecses' cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Anna Kövecses' cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Anna Kövecses

Sandra Tenorio's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Sandra Tenorio's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Sandra Tenorio's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Sandra Tenorio's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Sandra Tenorio's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Sandra Tenorio's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Sandra Tenorio

Dione Lee's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Dione Lee

A.L.Kaplan's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

A.L.Kaplan's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

A.L.Kaplan

Samantha Holmlund's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Samantha Holmlund

Kiryl Lysenka's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kiryl Lysenka's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kiryl Lysenka

Akua Afari's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Akua Afari

Conor Houghton's cover for The WInd-Up Bird Chronicle

Conor Houghton

Zach Harris' cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Zach Harris' cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Zach Harris' cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Zach Harris

Renault Sherborne's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Renault Sherborne

Griffin Van Dyke's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Griffin Van Dyke's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Griffin Van Dyke's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Griffin Van Dyke's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Griffin Van Dyke

Kate Aitken's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kate Aitken's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Kate Aitken

Craig White's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Craig White

Nim Ben-Reuven's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Nim Ben-Reuven

Cameron Hawkey's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Cameron Hawkey's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Cameron Hawkey

Alan Bragg's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Alan Bragg

Andrew Russo's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Andrew Russo

Mark Prescott's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Mark Prescott's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Mark Prescott

Chelsea Falconer's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Chelsea Falconer

Shiman Shan's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Shiman Shan's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Shiman Shan's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Shiman Shan

Mason Plunkett's cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Mason Plunkett

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