Alaska Romance Writers of America

A chapter of the Romance Writers of America®

WHO CAN ENTER: Any published author can enter their book cover for a romance novel, novella, or short story published prior to August 30, 2017, either electronically or in print, in the United States for the first time.

Step 1: Download contest entry form below.
Step 2: Pay entrance fee ($15.00 per entry) via PayPal to
Step 3: In an email to (1) copy/paste official entry form and entrant’s agreement into the body of an email, (2) include the entrance fee PayPal transaction ID number, and, (3) attach book’s cover in digital format (JPEG format with 300 dpi or greater).

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE: The deadline for submissions is midnight (Alaska Standard Time) on September 1, 2017.

JUDGING: All entries will be placed on prominent display in printed format at the Alaska Writer’s Guild (AWG) 2017 Conference, co-sponsored by AKRWA. Conference attendees and presenters (approximately 150) will select first-round entries via ballot box. Then trained judges will select the winners from the top ten entries selected at the Alaska Writer’s Guild Conference. Final judging will occur at the annual AKRWA Writing Retreat at the end of September. The winner will be announced in early October.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER:  This contest seeks a single, most compelling cover. In addition, Honorable Mentions will be awarded at the final judges’ discretion in the following categories: Sweetest Romance, Best Male, Best Female, Sexiest Couple, Best Historical, Most Whimsical, Best Paranormal/Sci-fi/Fantasy, Best Romantic Suspense, Best Young Adult, and Best Contemporary.

PRIZES: The Finalists and Honorable Mention covers will be published on the AKRWA website with the Grand Prize winning cover receiving prime location. The Grand Prize winner will also be announced on the Alaska Writer’s Guild website. In addition, the Grand Prize winner will receive a 3-week NetGalley subscription (date to be determined by availability at time of announcement), a gorgeous aluminum print of their winning cover, and an electronic badge that can be placed on book covers, websites, or anywhere the winner deems appropriate.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Include the following in one electronic submission.

  • Title of the published novel.
  • One digital copy of the book cover in jpeg format at 300 dpi or more.
  • Midnight Sun Cover Contest Form (see download button below).
  • The book’s ISBN or AISN number as proof of published status with date included.
  • Signed statement assuring the AKRWA that you have legal permission to enter the cover for contest judging, including printing and display on websites.​

OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES: Submissions are limited to books published prior to August 30, 2017. Submit only the following.

  • The front cover in jpeg format at 300 dpi or greater.
  • Contest Form with completed information
  • AKRWA Contest Entrant’s Agreement (at the bottom of the Contest Form).
  • Payment via PayPal.

Writers can submit multiple entries, but each entry must be submitted separately with an individual Contest Form, Contest Entrant’s Agreement and payment ($15.00).
Submissions without payment will not be considered.  Fees should be paid via PayPal and will not be refunded. Submit PayPal orders to:

DISCLAIMER: Alaska Chapter of the RWA maintains no responsibility for the final judging process and considers the grand prize selection to be final and permanent. 

Questions? Please contact the Contest Coordinator at

Do you have a stellar cover that catches the eye and draws the reader in? 

The Midnight Sun Cover Contest 2017 is a chance for published authors to win some great prizes!

Every entry will be on printed, visual display to over 150 voracious readers at the 2017 AWG Writer’s Conference who will vote for the top entries!

(And perhaps buy your books!)

Midnight Sun Cover


“Romance authors know exactly what they are doing and what their audience wants.  The cover makes a reader pick up a book…”

Tom Luce, New Book Buyer,
Powell’s Books