One of my RWA chapters, Houston Bay Area RWA, hosts the annual Judge A Book By Its Cover contest (JABBIC). This contest recognizes excellence in covers of romance genre books published each year. The judges are booksellers from around the world.
Winners for 2008 were announced recently. The first place winners of all six categories are featured in a full-page color ad on the inside front cover of the April edition of Romance Writers Report. You can see all the finalists and winners at the Houston Bay Area RWA website.
Contemporary Series Romance: Boardrooms & A Billionaire Heir by Paula Roe
Romantic Suspense: Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal Romance: The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox
Single Title/Mainstream Romance: Weddings Can Be Murder by Christie Craig
Historical Romance: A Knight Well Spent by Jackie Ivie
Sexiest Cover: Lyon, The Lords of Satyr by Elizabeth Amber
This is the only contest of its kind. Bookmark Houston Bay Area RWA and check for the 2009 contest details to be posted in the fall for the 2009 contest.
Everyone complains about romance novel book covers so it's nice to see an event that honors the best of that genre's cover art.