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The contest is open to all consumer and business magazines edited and published in the United States. Magazine special-interest and newsstand-only publications may also be entered in the contest. ASME reserves the right to determine if a publication qualities for entry.


  • Magazine covers must be dated between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018 (covers dated December 2018/January 2019 are eligible; covers dated December 2017/January 2018 are not)
  • Editors can enter as many covers in as many categories as they want but cannot enter the same cover in more than one category
  • An entry consists of one cover published in print or on a tablet 
  • Each entry must include a statement explaining why the cover merits recognition and identifying the designer and illustrator or photographer (statements are strictly limited to 100 words)
  • The entry fee is $95 per entry for ASME members and $195 for nonmembers (email asme@magazine.org for entry fees for split covers)

ASME members pay lower fees to participate in the Best Cover Contest and other ASME-sponsored programs, including the Ellie Awards. Editors who join ASME before November 30, 2018, are entitled to pay ASME-member entry fees for the 2019 ASME Best Cover Contest. To download an application form, go to magazine.org/asmemembership. For more information about ASME programs and member benefits, email asme@magazine.org

The deadline for entry is November 30, 2018. Email asme@magazine.org to arrange submission of covers published after November 30, 2018.