CONTACT: Mark Kuyper, ECPA President/CEO or 480-966-3998 ext. 210

Phoenix, AZ – In a record-breaking year of submissions for the ECPA | dp Book Cover Award program, ECPA has just announced 10 finalists for the industry’s DESIGN award and nine finalists for the CONSUMER RESEARCH award.

The ECPA Book Cover DESIGN Award, managed by Faceout Studio, was introduced this year and focuses on the design merits of a cover including the level of conceptual thinking, the quality of the execution, and the appropriateness for the market. Three finalists are announced in three publisher categories, with a tie in the small publisher category.

The program’s CONSUMER RESEARCH Award is managed by RISC|Ameriscan and based on consumer-buying research of the Research Institute for Social Change (RISC) which measures consumer motivations as it relates to cover design and book sales. Book covers are judged and analyzed by how well their design elements match characteristics of their intended audience.

The finalists of both awards in three publisher categories are:

DESIGN AWARD FINALISTS – Small Publisher (tie)

  • Canon Revisited, designed by Studio Gearbox
    Michael J. Kruger, Author; Crossway, 9781433505003
  • Giving Up Gimmicks, designed by Chris Tobias
    Brian Cosby, Author; P&RPublishing, 9781596383944
  • The Hole in Our Holiness, designed by Josh Dennis
    Kevin DeYoung, Author; Crossway, 9781433533341
  • RetroChristianity, designed by Samm Hodges
    Michael J. Svigel, Author, Crossway, 9781433528484

DESIGN AWARD FINALISTS – Mid-sized Publisher


  • Heroes and Monsters, designed by Paula Gibson; illustrated by Derek Geer
    Josh James Riebock, Author; Baker Publishing Group, 9780801013980
  • Love Does, designed by Connie Gabbert; Kristen Vasgaard, Art Direction
    Bob Goff, Author; Thomas Nelson, 9781400203758
  • The Teavangelicals, designed by Michelle Lenger
    David Brody, Author; Zondervan, 9780310335610




  • The Queen, designed by Kirk DouPonce, Dog Eared Design
    Steven James, Author; Baker Publishing Group, 9780800719203
  • Soul Detox, designed by Curt Diepenhorst
    Craig Groeschel, Author; Zondervan, 9780310333685
  • The Voice Bible, designed by Scott Lee
    Thomas Nelson, 9781418549015

One winner in each of the six categories will be announced by webcast on December 12 where Torrey Sharp of Faceout Studio and Rick Hamm of Marshall Marketing will discuss the merits of each winner. For more information on registering for this free webinar, click here.

ECPA, in partnership with Dickinson Press, began the ECPA | dp Book Cover Award program in 2007 to educate, promote and recognize superior cover design in the Christian publishing industry. In 2012, the program created two distinct awards, one for design and one that continues the focus on research-based marketability.

For more information on this research or the award program, visit the ECPA website or contact Cindy Carter. To view past award finalists and winners, visit

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Dickinson Press, Inc. [DP] is a well established and innovative book manufacturer specializing in trade soft and hard cover books, Bibles, New Testaments, dictionaries and educational workbooks. DP also specializes in lightweight papers and compact or mini books. In August of 2010, Dickinson Press along with STL Distribution and Snowfall Press, announced an alliance that places an on-demand book making facility within the STL Distribution center. The alliance combines Dickinson’s 125 years of printing expertise with Snowfall Press’ next generation integrated printing software. DP manages the fully-automated digital book making and binding operation. The operation enables complete automation from the uploading of files, to pre-flighting the files, to printing, binding and shipping. The alliance provides significant benefits to publishers and retailers alike. Out-of-stock books, niche titles, and out of print books are readily available for same day turn-around of orders. It is DP’s vision to become the leading provider of unique, high quality services to Christian book marketers.


* Small sized publisher: 1-100 titles published annually
* Mid-sized publisher: 101-250 titles published annually
* Large publisher: 251+ titles published annually