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Cover Design: Nonfiction


See below for the list of 2024 finalists in the COVER DESIGN: NONFICTION  category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

Get It Made: Build Your Clothing Line, From Idea to Reality
2024 Finalist

Author: Mindy Martell

Publisher: Mandala Tree Press

ISBN: 9781954801516

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In the world of apparel design, bringing your vision to life can be a daunting task. From design ideation to finished product, the manufacturing process involves multiple steps and can be difficult to navigate without guidance. This is where Get It Made comes in, this comprehensive guide provides a step-by-step framework for successfully manufacturing apparel designs.

The Joy of Costco: A Treasure Hunt from A to Z
2024 Finalist

Authors: David & Susan Schwartz

Publisher: Hot Dog Press

ISBN: 9781959505006

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David and Susan Schwartz live in one of NYC’s smallest apartments (450 square feet) yet are two of Costco’s biggest fans. Without sponsorship from Costco, they traveled over 220,000 miles on a whirlwind tour around the globe to write this fun-filled, behind-the-scenes, eye-popping look at what makes Costco so special.

2024 Finalist

Authors: Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wedell

Publisher: ORO Editions

ISBN: 9781957183312

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This autobiographical monograph presents a retrospective of the 40-year innovative graphic design practice of husband-and-wife team, Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wedell. The two have seamlessly merged the boundaries between graphic design, photography and typography, fusing two-and three-dimensional space through overlapping type and image.


See below for the list of 2023 winners in the COVER DESIGN: NONFICTION  category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

Sweet in Tooth and Claw: Stories of Generosity and Cooperation in the Natural World
2023 Gold Winner

Author: Kristin Ohlson

Publisher: Patagonia

ISBN: 978-1-952338-09-0

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Bestselling author Kristin Ohlson captures stories of generosity in nature. She covers trees and mushrooms, beavers, bees, and more, and profiles the people who learn from them. Ohlson also captures older cultures that recognized the necessary balance between nature’s and human’s needs. Testament to the importance of a healthy biodiversity.

The Answers Are There: Building Peace from the Inside Out
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Libby Hoffman

Publisher: Blue Chair Press

ISBN: 979-8-9862030-1-0

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The Answers Are There shows how a nation healed after war and what the world has to learn from it. Weaving powerful stories of transformation—from individual to communal, local to global—Hoffman forges a new architecture of peace, inspiring and equipping readers to build it…from the inside out.

Headwaters: The Adventures, Obsession, and Evolution of a Fly Fisherman
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Dylan Tomine

Publisher: Patagonia

ISBN: 978-1-952338-07-6

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Headwaters traces the evolution of a lifelong angler’s priorities from catching fish to the survival of the fish themselves.  Tomine traipses to the far reaches of the planet in search of fish and adventure, with keen insight, a strong stomach and plenty of laughs along the way.


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the COVER DESIGN: NONFICTION  category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

Local Color: Long Beach Island's Photographic History Reimagined
2022 Gold Winner

Authors: Leslee Ganss (color); Ray Fisk (words)

Publisher: Down The Shore Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-59322-124-9

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In this uniquely different look at an island’s past, meticulously hand-colored historic photographs are paired with fascinating descriptions. New life is breathed into moments, lives, stories, and lost landmarks in a book that blurs the lines between a gallery exhibition, a fine art coffee-table book, and a history.

Age of Dinosaurs: PNSO Field Guide to the Ancient World
2022 Silver Winner

Authors: Zhao Chuang, Yang Yang

Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group

ISBN: 978-1-61254-528-8

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Age of Dinosaurs will transport you to a time before mammals and humans existed. With its full-color illustrations of the world of dinosaurs before we knew it, this first volume from the PNSO Field Guide to the Ancient World will inspire dinosaur enthusiasts everywhere!

Lineage: Life and Love and Six Generations in California Wine
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Steven Kent Mirassou

Publisher: Val de Grace Books

ISBN: 978-0-9848849-5-7

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In Lineage, author/winemaker Steven Kent Mirassou takes us deep into the heart and soul of crafting fine wines, a process that he describes, eloquently, as “the true north of civilization.” The result is a fabulous read and a unique contribution to the literature of American wine.


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the COVER DESIGN: SMALL FORMAT, NONFICTION  category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Stupid Black Girl: Essays from an American African
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Aisha Redux (cover design by Liz Frances and David DeWitt; cover art by Brianna McCarthy)

Publisher: Street Noise Books

ISBN: 978-1-951491-00-0

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A first-generation American, Aisha Redux uses her bold voice and unique point of view in this provocative collection. Through the lens of race, culture, gender, sexuality, and spirituality, Redux shares her experiences, observations, and evolving belief system. Named one of the Best Books for Young Adults of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews.

Dwell: Celebrating the Arrival of Advent at Home
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Dexterity (cover design by Sarah Siegand)

Publisher: Dexterity

ISBN: 978-1-947297-21-0

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This full-color gift book gives readers something to celebrate, combining beautiful images and a celebration of Advent at home. Moving through five different rooms of the home in five weeks, readers get biblical reflections, an Advent-related activity, and thoughtful prayer, each presented with cozy photos for the holiday season.

HumanKind: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Brad Aronson (Morgan Krehbiel, Cover Designer)

Publisher: LifeTree Media

ISBN: 9781928055631

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This heartwarming, feel-good book is filled with true stories about how one small deed can make a world of difference.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the COVER DESIGN: SMALL FORMAT, NONFICTION category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Bowing to Elephants: Tales of a Travel Junkie
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Mag Dimond

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-596-4

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An unloved girl from San Francisco escapes a dysfunctional family and alcoholic mother and travels the world. She navigates depression and loss, ultimately finding connection in the larger world, and self-love through Buddhism.

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Designing Victory, A Memoir: The Architect Who Dared, Dreamed, and Achieved International Acclaim
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Robert P. Madison, with Carlo Wolff

Publisher: Act 3 LLC

ISBN: 978-0-578-43745-3

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In his 96th year, a slave’s great-grandson recalls victories he designed over stifling bigotry, Nazism, and all who claim he will not succeed in architecture. How wrong they were. 

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Roses of the Prairie: The Artistry of Belle Mehus, Alma Mehus Studness, and Anne-Marit Studness Bergstrom
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Lawayne Leno

Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press

ISBN: 978-1-64343-995-2

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Roses of the Prairie is a story of three strong women who brought culture from the great music halls and artist studios of Europe to the Dakota plains.

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