It’s been a little while since the last Re-Covered Books contest, so hopefully you’ve had some time to rest up and are ready to get your hands dirty. This month’s book is the Odyssey by Homer, the Greek epic poem which tells the tell of Odysseus and his long journey home after the fall of Greece. I remember reading the Odyssey when I was freshman in high school and I loved all the crazy characters and amazing imagery that the book contained. You’ve got Gods, you’ve got Cyclopes, the Lotus-Eaters, Sirens, the witch-goddess Circes, the six-headed monster Scylla, the Trojan Horse and so much more. Since there’s so much great, visual content I figured this should be plenty of food for though (or creativity) and everyone could find something to inspire you.
It’s also worth mentioning that there really aren’t any good covers for the book, as is evidenced by this Google search. So doing something really cool will definitely make your work stand out. My suggestion is to stay away from the obvious clichés of making it look like a Grecian urn or something similar. Be creative and think outside the box. Make a design that is both timeless and appealing to a broad audience.
As usual the winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card. But, you must follow the extremely simple rules below the be eligible:
• Please save your images as JPGs no larger than 800px wide at 72 DPI, there no height restrictions (within reason). Feel free to play with the dimensions and have fun with what you make. Making a front and back cover with certainly help your chances but is not required.
• Send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Re-Covered Books: Odyssey“. Just cut and paste what I wrote there, it’s super easy and it helps me keep track of entries.
• All entries are due April 15, 2011 by Midnight, PST.
If there are any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with and be sure to tell the creative people in your life to participate. Good luck!
Kristof Van Proeyen