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ASME Best Cover Contest 2023

Magazines and websites edited and published in the United States are eligible to enter the ASME Best Cover Contest. Covers from magazine special-interest and newsstand-only publications may be entered. Other creators and publishers of magazine-like content, including newspapers and newsletters, are also eligible. Marketing and promotional magazines and websites are not eligible.

No image may be entered without the approval of the magazine or website that published it. The contest administrators reserve the right to determine if a publication qualifies for entry.

Entry fees for ASME members are $95 per entry. Entry fees for nonmembers are $195. Late entries are subject to an additional $45 per entry. Editors who join ASME before January 17, 2023, are entitled to pay ASME-member entry fees for the 2023 ASME Best Cover Contest. To apply for ASME membership, visit asme.media/membership.

Entry fees will be refunded for entries withdrawn before January 17, 2023, but no entry fees will be refunded after that date.

  • Print entries must be dated 2022 (entries dated December 2022/January 2023 or an equivalent, such as Fall 2022/Winter 2023, are eligible; entries dated December 2021/January 2022 are not).
  • Digital entries must have been largely produced in 2022. Screenshots may be requested to verify publication dates.
  • An entry consists of one print or digital image, including GIFs. Print and digital versions of the same cover may also be submitted as one entry.
  • Split covers may be entered but, for the purposes of the contest, will be considered as one cover. An additional fee will be charged for entries consisting of split covers.
  • The same image, in original or adapted form, cannot be submitted in more than one category.
  • Publications can submit no more than four entries in any category.
  • The nomination of any publication more than once in any category is subject to the approval of the ASME Board of Directors.
  • Each entry must include a statement no longer that 100 words explaining why the entry merits recognition. Entries must include the name of the chief editor, the art director, the photography editor if applicable and the photographer or illustrator.

How the Winners of the ASME Best Cover Contest Are Chosen
Judging groups composed of leading editors, art directors and photo editors choose five finalists, including a winner, in each category. A list of the judges is published when the winners of the awards are announced. The ASME Board of Directors chooses the ASME Cover of the Year from the winners in the 10 contest categories. Awards may be withheld in any category in which the entries fall below the standard of excellence set by the ASME Board of Directors or in which the number of entries is deemed insufficient by the administrators.

How the Winners of the ASME Readers’ Choice Awards Are Chosen
All ASME Best Cover Contest entries are posted on social media. The cover receiving the most likes is deemed the winner of the ASME Readers’ Choice Award. Winners are also recognized in each of the 10 categories. In 2023, covers will be posted from Wednesday, March 1, to Friday, March 31.


  • All entries must be submitted online at asmebestcovercontest.org.
  • Images must be formatted as high-resolution JPEGs or GIFs. Links to the image in context may also be required.
  • Barcodes should be removed from print covers.
  • Entrants are advised to visit the website before preparing submissions.

Entry fee for ASME members: $95 per entry
Entry fee for nonmembers: $195 per entry

Deadline for Entry: 9:00 p.m. EST, January 17, 2023

Late entries will be accepted until 9:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, subject to an additional $45 fee per entry. Entries received after that date may be accepted at the discretion of the administrators of the awards but will be subject to a $95 late fee.

JAN. 17 Deadline for Entry 9:00 p.m. EST
JAN. 24 Late-Entry Deadline 9:00 p.m. EST
MAR. 1 Readers’ Choice Awards Voting Begins
MAR. 31 Readers’ Choice Awards Voting Ends
APR. 27 Finalists and Winners Announced on Twitter