Recovering the Classics Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the Birmingham Public Library’s Recovering the Classics contest are:

1st: Metamorphosis by Julie Borden
2nd: The Time Machine by Eric Poland
3rd: Cyrano de Bergerac by Veronique Vanblaere

1st: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Alexandra Foreman
2nd: A Tale of Two Cities by Zoe Jacks
3rd: The Secret Garden by Emma Thornsberry

Adult Honorable Mentions
Frankenstein by Hillary Floyd
The Secret Garden by Amber Orr

Youth Honorable Mentions
Around the World in Eighty Days by Elle Squires
Moby Dick by Hunter Criddle
The Three Musketeers by Cecilia Kong
Arabian Nights by Rachael George

To view more winning covers in BPL's Recovering the Classics contest, visit

About the contest: The Birmingham Public Library partnered with Books-A-Million to host a contest for Alabama artists of all ages and abilities to design a cover for a classic book. Over 50 people submitted their cover designs to be judged in the adult and youth divisions. Prizes included the artist's cover design on a classic book created by Books-A-Million's Espresso Book Machine, Books-A-Million gift cards, and Recovering the Classics posters. The three judges were David Blake, librarian and head of the Fiction Department at BPL; Gary Chapman, professor of painting and art at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Meredith Knight, studio programs coordinator at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

"Alabama has amazing artists, and the judges had a very difficult decision narrowing down the winners," said Laura Gentry, chair of the Recovering the Classics Committee. "We are excited to share their re-imagined book covers for classic books."

Recovering the Classics is a crowdsourced collection of original covers for classic books in the public domain created by illustrators, typographers, and designers of all stripes. Its partners include the Creative Action Network, Harvard Book Store, Plympton's DailyLit, the White House, the New York Public Library, and the Digital Public Library of America.