ANNOUNCEMENT: Kelsey Macke’s DAMSEL DISTRESSED Cover Design Contest!

Hi-ya!  Today I’m pleased to announce a wonderful contest from Spencer Hill Contemporary!!!

Now, obviously I’m biased, (since I’m a marketing intern there) BUT I can honestly say this is one of the coolest contests and marketing ideas I’ve seen (like #1).  Don’t take my word for it though, read the announcement below!

Kelsey Macke’s DAMSEL DISTRESSED Cover Design Contest

Kelsey Macke’s DAMSEL DISTRESSED (Spencer Hill Contemporary, 2014) is the story of Imogen Keegan, a seventeen-year old girl who has been stuck in a cycle of clinical depression, self-harm, and baked-goods-addiction since her mom died seven years ago.

The book, DAMSEL DISTRESSED, is equal parts hurt and heart, and is held together by Imogen’s journal entries of poems, doodles, lyrics, and the “back stage” musings of a theatre-loving girl who is so much more than the sum of her parts.  Imogen’s journal is part of the prose, but the line between fiction and reality blurs when readers have the ability to use their computer or mobile device to access all kinds of interactive online content.

The cornerstone of this supplemental content is the album of real life songs, written and performed by the author as part of the band, Wedding Day Rain called IMOGEN UNLOCKED.

The inside of the book is highly interactive and driven by the readers’ experience.  The creative team wants nothing less for the outside of the book as well!

So, in the spirit of community and collaboration, we’re having a cover contest!

The DAMSEL DISTRESSED cover contest will be open from August 16th until September 22nd, 2014.

We’re so excited to see all of the incredible ideas you have that will tap into Imogen’s story.

There will be three rounds, each narrowing the entries, and culminating in a public vote for one of three top slots! Additionally, ten semi-finalists will win a $10 itunes gift card and a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card. The grand prize winner will not only earn the design commission and a copy of the book once printed, but will also have the opportunity to design the album artwork and swag!

If you or someone you know is eager to dive into the world of publishing design, this is a great opportunity to grow a portfolio and get paid!  For full details on the contest, including all terms, conditions, and instructions for submitting your design, visit (it’s a pretty cool site)!

Also, check out the video!

Kelsey Macke

Kelsey Macke is a twitterphile, (@KelsNotChels) and enthusiastic Nerdfighter.  DAMSEL DISTRESSED is her first novel.  You can also visit her at

See, now isn’t that the coolest 🙂  I hope you artsy types enter, I can’t wait to see the designs!

Whimsically Yours,



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