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This is Ellen’s assistant Katharine, back to announce the winner of our TPOTS Create Your Own Cover Contest, while Ellen nurses a head cold and gloats over all the art.

I’m glad to see that my rallying cry of “Lace! Leather! Silk and steel!” inspired so many of you to design your own covers for The Privilege of the Sword (aka TPOTS, which Ellen really does pronounce "teapots!") in honor of the release of the new audiobook, and I loved seeing the different covers that came in, from photos to drawings to digital collages.  (You can see all the entries as links in the Comments section of the original Contest post here.)

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest for the time and hard work you put into your designs. Both Ellen and I were impressed by the high quality and originality of the entries, and judging so many excellent covers was no easy feat. That is why, in addition to our Grand Prize winner, Ellen has selected two second-place winners, whose art you can see below.

We are thrilled to announce that the Grand Prize winner of the TPOTS Create Your Own Cover contest is…

         Taline Boghosian!         

TPOTS Winner p1TPOTS Cover Contest winner 2

TPOTS Cover contest winner 3TPOTS Cover contest winner 4

Ellen and I were blown away by Taline's exquisite design and thoughtful layout of the cover, which is for a hardcover with both front, back and side flaps. You can find more of Taline’s work here. In addition to receiving a limited edition copy of The Privilege of the Sword from Small Beer Press, Taline will have her art displayed on the official TPOTS Covers page. We'll announce it when the art goes up, so check back for that post!

And now for our two second-place winners, who will also receive a hardcover copy of The Privilege of the Sword. Well, one of them will, anyway—because one of our two winners, Elizabeth Evans-Gist (underthewetmoon), was already, by chance, the winner of our "What's your favorite imaginary book?" contest and has a copy of TPOTS on the way!

Here's Liz's subtle and elegant cover:

TPOTS Cover Contest runner-up 1

Tied with Liz for second place, we have this terrific cover art and design from vaultedthewall:

TPOTS Cover 2

We were especially impressed with the WIP posts she did as she worked on this cover; you can see them here on her Tumblr.  She also managed to get all our favorite characters in.

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you again to everyone who entered!!! Even if you didn't win, you can still perfectly legitimately acquire your own limited edition copy of The Privilege of the Sword here (at a discounted rate) - and/or download the new TPOTS audiobook, narrated by Ellen herself (with a little help from the great Barbara Rosenblat & a cast that includes Felicia Day and Joe Hurley) from Neil Gaiman Presents.

We loved each and every entry, and all the enthusiasm everyone has so kindly shown over the launch of the TPOTS audiobook.  

I think it's time to lock Ellen in a tower and make her write another novel, now, don't you?

She says she has to finish recording The Fall of the Kings first.  But I dunno . . . . 


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 19th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
WOW! So impressed with the work
Sep. 20th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
I want to print Taline's and put it on my hardcover (whose slipcover I lost ages ago.) Taline? Would you mind?
Sep. 20th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
I may or may not be lusting after that depiction of Alec. Tmi? Hope not.
Sep. 20th, 2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Me too!
Sep. 20th, 2012 02:27 am (UTC)
Those are incredible choices. And I agree that Taline Boghosian's interpretation and designs are incredible. Absolutely stunning. I am speechless (which is saying a lot of me).
Sep. 20th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
Everything is gorgeous! <3
(Hee, I'm glad I'm not the only one who pronounces it 'teapots' it's really a nice thing to say.)
Sep. 20th, 2012 08:06 am (UTC)
Holy crap, that's a *magnificent* cover, the winner. They're *all* wonderful, but *wow*. Wow!!!
Sep. 20th, 2012 08:51 am (UTC)
Wow, these are wonderful! I'm sure glad I wasn't the judge for this contest, because I wouldn't have been able to choose between Taline and Liz's entries. They are both stunning.

Plus, Vaultedthewall's cover and tumblr post are absolutely charming, and there were so many other great choices too.

Congratulations to you all!
Sep. 20th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
She has a unique style in her work that pulls through all of the pieces. Good choice!

- Erulisse (one L)
Sep. 21st, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Wow and wow and wow! I do love the original, but I bet my book would like to sport Taline's cover from time to time, you know, for a seasonal change...
Sep. 21st, 2012 07:12 am (UTC)
All the entries were so pretty, Taline's is mind-blowing! I want an actual copy of that one too... (how many copies of the same book do you have before it's defined as a 'problem'? Nevermind I don't want to know.)

I'm honored to have placed, especially compared to how nice all of the entries were!
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