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Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize announces its third year


New Delhi, 11 July 2017: The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize, an initiative of the iconic bookstore to recognize and encourage the extraordinary work of illustrators, designers and publishers throughout India, returns in its third edition to award brilliance in book design.

The prize appreciates the importance of the balance of graphics and narrative, particularly in our increasingly visual age, and believes that a book cover interprets and decodes the ensuing text in crucial ways that contribute to its ultimate success. Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book; designers and illustrators play a vital role in helping a book become iconic and create recall.

In its first year, the prize was given to designer Bena Sareen for the book, Talking of Justice by author Leila Seth, published by Aleph. In the second year, the award went to Pinaki De for the book Kalkatta authored by Kunal Basu and published by Picador India

The final prize in both editions was announced at Jaipur BookMark, the books and publishing segment of the Jaipur Literature Festival in January 2016 and January 2017 respectively. The final winner was chosen following a submission process and intensive discussions by the distinguished jury. Post two successful editions, the ‘Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize’ opens entries for the third season and invites covers of titles designed by Indian designers and released between 1st April 2016 and 31st March 2017 to apply.

To maintain continuity and build strong foundations for the prize, the 2017 award will retain the distinguished jury from year one. Each of the jury members is preeminent in their respective fields, and they share a collective love for books and commitment to reading. These are Priti Paul Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group and the creative force behind the Oxford Bookstores, Namita Gokhale author, publisher and festival director, Aman Nath India’s leading heritage hotelier and architectural restorer, Alka Pande, leading art critic and curator and Dayanita Singh, prominent figure in contemporary Indian photography and bookmaking.

To download the application form click here.



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