Design a cover competition

Design Competition

A cover for George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four

Salford Museum and Art Gallery are holding an exhibition from 17 March to 1 July 2012 by documentary photographer David Dunnico.

The exhibition is called “1984 Looks Like This” and will be in two parts. The first is Dunnico’s photo essay ‘Reality TV’ which is about the rise of CCTV:

The second, will show his collection of George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-Four editions and ephemera.

Dunnico has written a booklet about the cover design of Orwell’s novel, you can read it here:

We are holding a competition to design a new cover for Nineteen Eighty-Four. The winner will receive a small prize and a selection of entries will be shown at the gallery alongside Dunnico’s exhibition.


  • To design a new cover for a paperback edition of George Orwell’s book ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’.
  • The front cover will measure 130mm tall by 150mm wide (9×6”)
    your design should be this size. Ideally it should also include the spine (12.5mm) and rear cover 2x130mm.
  • The design can be in colour or black and white, it can use a photograph or illustration, you must own the rights to use any image. The title can be written in words ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ or ‘1984’ and must appear somewhere on the cover along with the author’s name ‘George Orwell’.
  • You can add any other items of text such as blurb, price, quotes etc. The back of the book should have the words: “Cover design by” and your name.

The winner will receive a dummy paperback edition of the book featuring their design and a hardback copy of 1984. The winner and two runners up will also get a photographic print (18×12″) of an image from the exhibition and a copy of ‘Cover-Up’, Dunnico’s booklet that accompanies the exhibition.


About daviddunnico

Aye up – I'm a documentary photographer from Manchester in the UK. This is an occasional blog all about me, me, me. Well actually it's just about my photography.

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