The O’Brien Press Design-a-Cover Competition 2019

If you’ve ever fancied seeing your artwork on the front of a professionally published book, this is your chance! CBI  have teamed up with The O’Brien Press for the annual Design-a-Cover Competition.

This year’s chosen title is Benny and Omar by Eoin Colfer, former Laureate na nÓg and current Patron of Children’s Books Ireland.

The winning entry will be chosen by the CBI and The O’Brien Press judging panel and, for the first time ever, Eoin Colfer! The winning design will be used as the basis for the cover design of a new edition of Benny and Omar to be published in Spring 2019. The overall winner will also receive a special selection of The O’Brien Press books. The winner’s class will also receive a class set of the book.

Five runners-up will also have the chance to see their artwork featured in the book and will also receive a selection of fantastic titles from The O’Brien Press.

This competition is open to residents of ROI and Northern Ireland only. All entrants must be aged 15-years or under.

Only one entry per person.

Here’s what you have to do:

1. Track down the original version of Benny and Omar in your local library or bookshop and read it carefully.

2. Download an entry form here.  Make sure to fill out your details and use the space provided to lay out your design.

3. Send your completed entry form to:

Design a Cover

The O’Brien Press

12 Terenure Road East

Rathgar, Dublin 6


Closing Date: Friday 30 November 2018 – entries received after this date will not be accepted. All information above must be completed for a valid entry.

Further information and design tips from the team at O’Brien Press can be found here. 

Best of luck and Happy Reading!