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The Name of the Rose – Book cover design contest

Venus febriculosa is starting a new book cover contest.

After deliberations that included among others Joyce’s Ulysses, Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, Eliot’s The Wasteland, Bataille’s The Story of the Eye and of course Nabokov’s The Original of Laura, we chose semiotician Umberto Eco’s 1980 postmodern novel The Name of the Rose. Hopefully this will prove rich soil for some wonderful and interesting covers. We received 155 submissions for our Lolita cover contest and we’re hoping to double that number so help get the word out. This time there will be only one submission per entrant.


The purpose of the contest is to design a hypothetical book cover for UMBERTO ECO’s novel THE NAME OF THE ROSE. This is an ideas competition only: as of this writing there are no plans for the winner’s work to be featured on a forthcoming edition of the novel.


There will be one winner. The winning submission will receive a cash award of US $1000 and will be featured on the Venus febriculosa website.


  • The competition is open to anyone 18 years or older.
  • Graphic design students are especially encouraged to enter.
  • Only one entry per person is allowed.
  • Artwork must contain the words “THE NAME OF THE ROSE” and “UMBERTO ECO.” Text may be in English or the entrant’s native language.
  • Submissions must be in digital JPEG format only.
    • Minimum: 4.25” x 7”
    • Maximum: 5” x 8”
    • Vertical Orientation Only
    • 300 dpi preferred
  • Submissions will be evaluated on how creatively they address one or more of the themes from the novel. Entrants are encouraged to visit the Wikipedia entry for Eco’s novel.
  • Copyrights of all entries shall remain the property of the artists.
  • Venus febriculosa retains the right to reproduce any of the designs on Venus febriculosa’s website,, as well as in academic publications resulting from this contest.

How to enter?

Submissions shall be sent to both and