Borderlines Carlisle Book Festival Art Competition ‘Read-Design’


Borderlines 2018 will see the inclusion of a literary-themed art competition, ‘Read-Design’ throughout the festival week.

To enter the competition, artists will need to design a book cover and be inspired to re-interpret their favoured choice through artistic expression. Whether you have an idea for To Kill a Mockingbird or are inspired by Catch 22, we would love to see your creativity and imagination take flight for the festival.

There is a first prize of £50 and a selection of artworks will be showcased in The Crown and Mitre during the festival.

The competition will be judged by local artist, Graham Twyford.

For further information, please email

How do I Enter

How do I present my entry?

Your entry should be no bigger than A3, and can be in your preferred medium (i.e. oils, watercolour), and preferably on a pre-brought canvas on stretcher bars.

Entrants should take a photograph of their submission, and upload it here. You’ll need the reference code from your ticket.

Our judge will then choose the top ten submissions, to be displayed to the public. The artwork must arrive in a practical condition where it can already be displayed on an easel without any input from the Borderlines team. Submissions do not have to be framed, but can be so if you choose.

Other Information

When is the closing date?

The closing date for registering is Monday 3rd September.

How many works can I enter?

Entrants are able to enter 1 artwork.

How much does it cost to enter?

There will be an entrance fee of £3 for the competition. You will need to pay the entrance fee at the same time as you register. The entrance fee can be paid online here.

When do you need my artwork?

If you are chosen to display your artwork, we need it to be delivered in the week preceding the festival. We will be in touch with more information and a date/location where the artwork should be received. We will unfortunately not be able to collect or deliver your artworks.

Will my artwork be showcased during the festival?

Other than those artworks that will be on public display at the Crown and Mitre, your submissions will be showcased online on our website and social media.

Who Can Enter?

The competition is open to  artists of any age.

When will the first prize be announced?

The first prize of £50 will be awarded to one entrant and announced on the last Sunday of the Festival.

Will my artwork be insured?

You will need to make your own provisions for insuring your artwork. Borderlines is not responsible for this, or for any damage or theft of artwork.

Borderlines Book Festival is a not-for-profit organisation that has been developed through partnership working between public and private enterprise.
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