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Lace! Leather! Silk and steel!

And, of course, Girls with Swords.

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Thomas Canty's original painting for the new TPOTS audiobook represents only the latest design in a series of gorgeous covers for The Privilege of the Sword around the world since it was first published in 2006.

Whether it's high fantasy grace, gypsy punk cool, or stylized manga, all of the TPOTS covers convey the vibrant, complex spirit of Riverside and its denizens in their own distinct, creative way.

Now it's your chance to show us your vision of Katherine, the Mad Duke, and the world they inhabit - as it would appear on the cover of the next edition of the book!

That's right....

We want to see your art* and design for a The Privilege of the Sword cover!

Visit Ellen's website to see the existing TPOTS covers, including covers from the Dutch, German, and Spanish editions, then create one of your own, that you think is perfect for your own private or dream edition of The Privilege of the Sword.

Post your cover on Facebook, LiveJournal, DeviantArt, Tumblr or anywhere else we (and your friends!) can see them.

Then post a link to your entry in the comments below by 11:59 p.m. EST (U.S.A. Eastern Time) on Sunday, September 16.

Ellen will judge all entries herself.  The winning entry (and runners-up) will be posted here and on the Covers webpage for all to ogle and enjoy.


An elegant limited edition trade-cloth hardcover of The Privilege of the Sword, published by Small Beer Press!

So start drawing, painting, or otherwise creating, and spread the word to any artistically-inclined friends you know are just waiting for the chance to design a brilliant, beautiful sword fighting-inspired book cover. Thanks in advance for your entries—we can't wait to see your new TPOTS cover designs!

—Katharine Duckett
Assistant to EK

 It's OK if you don't draw it yourself; "found" art (like the hardcover publisher's detail from a 16th century French portrait, in fact! . . .or even creative use of Dolls Divine) is acceptable for an entry.

ETA: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! Thanks to everyone who entered such wonderful covers, all much loved.



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Aug. 17th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Question: What would the winning cover be used for? I know the subject title of the post says "create your own cover" and I see that it will be judged and have a winner, but I don't see it spelled out that actual winning cover might be used (published) for anything. Will it or is it just me with the confusion? Bueller?

Also, v. sorry for the edits. My dyslexia is having a keg party in my brain today. :-(

Edited at 2012-08-17 04:09 pm (UTC)
Aug. 17th, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
Good question!

It would be used purely for pleasure (mine, and everyone who sees its). No commercial use whatsoever. Thanks for asking.

Any more questions, let us know!
(no subject) - kirby_crow - Aug. 17th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - ellen_kushner - Aug. 17th, 2012 04:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jesper Haglund
Aug. 18th, 2012 09:18 am (UTC)
Lace, leather, silk and steel would be a pretty darn good name for an anthology. Probably including Samantha Henderson's Outlander.

Edited at 2012-08-18 09:19 am (UTC)
Aug. 19th, 2012 02:50 pm (UTC)
It is, isn't it? Katharine's a great copy-writer - maybe she should be an anthologist, too!
Aug. 19th, 2012 09:28 am (UTC)
Ooh, I can't wait to see what everyone's going to come up with!

Question: is there a chance that Spectra would re-issue a TPOTS paperpack with the Tom Canty cover? Not that I didn't love the cover by Marc Peltzer and Stephen Youll, but I have this thing about matching book covers and it really bugs me that my copy of Swordspoint and The Fall of the Kings have Tom Canty covers and TPOTS looks like the odd one out. (I really do worry about the most useless things.)
Aug. 19th, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
Now, there's an interesting thought....

No one at Bantam's said anything, so I suggest meanwhile you just do what I do when I want to see Swordspoint with the *original* Canty cover (the grey-blue one), and just make a paper copy and stick it on.... ;)
(no subject) - epithalamium - Aug. 19th, 2012 03:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 19th, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
Book-related squeeing
User epithalamium referenced to your post from Book-related squeeing saying: [...] signed book from the Volstovic Cycle. :P In other news, has a Create your own TPOTS cover contest [...]
Michal Wojcik
Sep. 9th, 2012 02:45 am (UTC)
My (rather unpolished) entry:

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Sep. 10th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
Thank you - I love getting to see this! Could you also post it on your LJ or other social network-y type place, so that your friends can see it (and know about the contest)?

If you've already done that and I just haven't seen the link, forgive my asking.
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Tumblr - ellen_kushner - Sep. 10th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 10th, 2012 10:39 pm (UTC)
Create Your Own Cover
Hi Ellen!

This was so much fun! I've been working (in collage and writing) with the theme of "warrior women," so it was wonderful to imagine a cover with Katherine. Here is my Facebook link to my design: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=380135238722097&set=a.106078622794428.8815.100001768727789&type=1&theater

Thanks so much for this challenge!

Meg Zivahl-Fox
Elizabeth Evans-Gist
Sep. 12th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
I'm not certain if it's a finished piece (it is for now, but if my wrists will cope with the touchpad, then I might polish it up a bit more before Sunday), but for now, let's call it done. :)

Sep. 14th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Sep. 14th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
Here's mine: Privilege
Sep. 14th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
Ooo, love it! Thanks!
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Sep. 15th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)

Can you also post it on your blog (or Tumblr or whatever) so that your own community can see it (and know about the contest), please?

I love hedgehogs. ;)
Sep. 15th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
You can find my cover here.
Sep. 15th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Re: You can find my cover here.
Color me thrilled - with a side of Squeeeeee!
Re: You can find my cover here. - heartofoshun - Sep. 15th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: You can find my cover here. - ellen_kushner - Sep. 15th, 2012 05:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 15th, 2012 05:36 pm (UTC)
kduncanpotter and I made an entry together, which is here! (Are joint entries allowed? I do hope so!)

Edited to fix link--sorry for all the notifications!

Edited at 2012-09-15 05:37 pm (UTC)
Sep. 15th, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
Since there are two of us, we made a second entry...

(Just kidding.)
TPOTS COVER: ROTFLMAO - ellen_kushner - Sep. 15th, 2012 06:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - ellen_kushner - Sep. 15th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 16th, 2012 06:50 am (UTC)
It's done, I finally finished it! Up on my tumblr (same username both places). If nothing else, I hope it makes you smile, the riverside books have given me so much joy over the years.
Sep. 17th, 2012 03:22 am (UTC)
Hi Ellen,

I noticed this contest and couldn't resist making something for it. This is just under the wire, but I was having so much fun that I kept working on it until the last minute!

My entry: http://talinedraws.tumblr.com/post/31709467196/my-entry-for-ellenkushners-the-privilege-of-the

Taline Boghosian
Sep. 18th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Wow, Taline, that's stunning. I love all the different panels.
(no subject) - just_ann_now - Sep. 18th, 2012 10:32 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 17th, 2012 09:40 am (UTC)
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