About the JABBIC

JABBIC 2016 is for covers appearing on works published in 2016.

This year’s categories include:

  • Contemporary Romance
  • Historical
  • Inspirational
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal (SFFP)
  • Sexiest Cover
  • Single Title/Mainstream
  • Young Adult

And we’d just like to clarify our policies, as some of you have inquired about these in the past:

  • A work of any length — short story, novella, novel, or even part of a collection or a boxed set — can be entered.
  • A work that has been published in a year prior to 2016 but that now has a new cover that was released in 2016 is allowed.

The contest fee is $15 per entry.

Grand Prize Winners and Readers Choice Winners will be announced on February 16, 2017.

We’re always on the lookout for great new Judges, so if you would like to recommend either a brick-and-mortar or online bookseller to judge, please let us know in the Comments section! We’d love to add to our list of terrific judges!

If you have further questions, be sure to ask in the Comments section.

We can’t wait to see this year’s entries!

15 thoughts on “About the JABBIC

    1. Thanks for the question.

      Yes, you can definitely enter more than one book cover. At the bottom of the form, you’ll see a button that reads +Add Cover. Click that to open another form for the second book, and so forth.

      Each book gets its own category, so they can all be “Contemporary Romance” or they might all be in different categories.

    1. Great question. You can think of Single Title/Mainstream as Women’s Fiction (Jodi Picoult’s cover come immediately to mind). “Contemporary Romance” reflects a more romance-themed cover.

    1. Thanks for the question.

      For formal judging, we have one judge per bookstore, so for this year, we’ll have 11 judges. We’re always on the lookout for more, so if anyone has any recommendations, we’d love to hear them!

      For Readers Choice, that’s a hard technical question. Over the years our methods of displaying the covers and counting voters has evolved considerably, so we can’t really provide an valid average or median for unique readers. The best we can say is that since we introduced the RC in 2011, around half a million votes have been cast.

    1. Sorry to hear you’re having trouble! A couple of people have reported the same issue. Try reloading the page in your web browser. That seems to clear it up.

    1. Thanks for pointing this out, Sarah!

      Both Grand Prize and Readers’ Choice winners will be announced on February 15, 2017.

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