We’re back with the Kobo Writing Life Indie Cover Contest, 2023 edition! This is a great chance to show off your best cover of 2023 and vote for your other favourites (or your own – no judgement here!). The four winners, one in each genre category, will receive an amazing suite of prizes: a Kobo Clara 2E, promotional opportunities, and, of course, bragging rights and recognition!

Check out 2021’s winners here!

There will be two weeks to submit your cover. The submission period starts TODAY, November 1st, and closes at 11:59pm EST on November 17th. Once all submissions have been received, the KWL team will begin the jurying process!

Our expert team of merchandisers and marketers will select six covers from each genre to feature on four shortlists, for a total of 24 shortlisted covers. Voting will then be open to the public, and YOU, the author and reader community, will select the overall winners: one from each genre category of Romance, Mystery, and Sci-fi & Fantasy!

For your cover to be eligible:

  • Your book must be uploaded directly through Kobo Writing Life
  • Have a publication date or planned publication date in 2023 (January 1st 2023 – December 31st 2023)
  • Be categorized in one of the following four genre groups: Romance, General Fiction & Non-fiction, Mystery & Suspense, or Science Fiction & Fantasy


  • This contest is open to titles of all languages. 
  • This contest is open worldwide.
  • Any sub-genre is eligible for submission.
  • One entry per author. Authors with multiple pen names are subject to the one entry per author ruling as well, i.e., if you have two pen names, you cannot submit 2 entries; the maximum submission number remains 1 title per individual.
  • Only winners in certain regions will be able to receive a Kobo Clara 2E as a prize. If you reside in one of the ineligible regions, you will be provided with an alternative prize package.

Any submissions that do not follow the above rules and requirements will not be eligible for participation in the contest.

Rules and regulations subject to change at the behest of the Kobo Writing Life team.

If you have any questions, please contact us at writinglife@kobo.com.


Important Dates:

SUBMISSION PERIOD: November 1st – 17th at 11:59PM EST

KWL TEAM JURYING PERIOD: November 20th – 24th


VOTING PERIOD ENDS: December 15th at 11:59PM EST

WINNERS ANNOUNCED: week of December 18th

The Prizes:

The winners of the 2023 KWL Indie Cover Contest will receive a Kobo Clara 2E, promotional opportunities on the Kobo store, and most importantly: bragging rights!

So get your submissions in now! We’re so excited to see the beautiful covers that have been released this year and can’t wait to get the contest underway!

We wish you the best of luck, and thanks for your participation. As always, happy writing (and cover designing) from the KWL team!

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