“Fish,” he said, “I love you and respect you very much. But I will kill you dead before this day ends.”
When Ernest Hemingway published The Old Man and the Sea in 1952 it became an instant success. The book was featured in Life magazine on September 1, 1952, selling five million copies in two days, won the Pulitzer Prize, as well as the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The story, about a man’s tenacity and struggle to catch and bring back a mighty fish, makes for a perfect Re-Covered Books Contest subject. What I’d love to see this time around is a fresh, contemporary take that makes the book feel like an updated classic. It would be great to see ideas that are both designed or illustrated, whatever your medium might be. And as you can see by clicking here there have been a ton of versions of the book, so prepare to meet a high bar of quality. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to Amazon, and perhaps some more fun goodies.
• Save your images as JPGs at 700px wide, 72 DPI, RGB mode – this is super important! There are no height restrictions (within reason) and be sure to send images as separate JPGs. Feel free to play with the dimensions and have fun with what you make. Submitting a front and back cover will certainly help your chances, but is not required. You can enter up to 3 times.
• Label your files “Firstname-Lastname-Old-Man.jpg”
• Send all entries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Re-Covered Books: The Old Man and the Sea”. Cut and paste what I wrote there. It’s really easy and it helps me keep track of your entry.
• All entries are due Saturday, May 3, 2014 by Midnight PST.
I hope you take the time to enter! See all the entries below.