Drawing Inspiration: View and Vote

The voting period has ended. Votes received after 11:59PM EST on October 18 will not be counted.

Browse the entries to NOWNESS’s latest reader competition, celebrating the highly anticipated English-language release of Haruki Murakami’s new novel 1Q84. Click on a thumbnail to view a full-size image, then vote for your favorites from the reader submitted designs illustrating the fantastical titles of the Japanese author’s bestselling novels. Readers are also encouraged to share the submissions they love via email, Facebook and Twitter. Submissions to the competition are now closed and entries can be voted on for one week until Tuesday, October 18. The winners will be announced on NOWNESS on October 25 to coincide with the publication of 1Q84. The six most popular entries will each be awarded with a first-edition copy of 1Q84 signed by the author, as well as a complete archive of his previous works courtesy of Random House, Inc., our partners in the competition. Reflecting our ongoing commitment to discovering new creative talent, one student entrant will also receive a paid commission for NOWNESS and have their work published on the site. To read more about the competition, including details of the brief and prizes, click here.

To view the competition’s full terms and conditions, click here.

1Q84 is published by Alfred A. Knopf in the US and Harvill Secker in the UK, imprints of the Random House Group.

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  • JimTierney
    tbsqrd, yes the placement bothered me too. I even sent an email to the site to ask if the images would be periodically rotated throughout the judging period, or at least displayed on a single page, but I never got an answer about that. And yes, it would be amusing to see how many users joined within that week, and how many of them never visited the site again. Oh well, I suppose the lesson is learned...
  • tbsqrd
    JIMTIERNEY, I'm with you regarding a better approach to judging. This was a disappointing experience. While I never really expected to win this thing, neither did I expect to get trounced. And while the whole "friend count" issue played a large part of this, I also think the way the entries were presented figured in. Even once voting was open, the most recent entries were displayed up front, with small, easy-to-miss navigation to the earlier entries. A casual viewer may not have been aware there were four more screens worth of entries to vote on. One thing that is certain: NOWNESS has a larger registered audience than it used to.
    • Posted By tbsqrd
    • October 24, 2011 at 12:55PM
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  • JimTierney
    I couldn't agree more. It's obvious that many of the the most deserving entrants lost miserably here. I imagine this whole thing is pretty embarrassing for Nowness, but hopefully they've learnt a lesson from it - Future competitions should either be judged by a professional panel, or by users who had accounts BEFORE the judging period.
  • Kimyura
    I'm half speaking out of pain from losing, but at the same time I'm disappointed and upset that this ended up being a contest based on friend count verses technical work and creativity. But it's too late to do anything about it. Just blowing off some steam..
    • Posted By Kimyura
    • October 22, 2011 at 4:29PM
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  • Jcolins
    Exactly. There seems to be absolutely no correlation between vote count and quality. What a shame.
    • Posted By Jcolins
    • October 20, 2011 at 5:16PM
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  • Aldo Iram Juárez
    I agree. Hate this kind of contest. We all know is not about creativity.
  • Jcolins
    Even if you're right, then it's turned into "who has the most friends" contest, not an "who objectively has the best work" contest, as intended...
    • Posted By Jcolins
    • October 14, 2011 at 11:44AM
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  • a_wade
    Or maybe that some entrants are just really wonderful people with supportive friends from across the globe who took a minute out of their day to show their love...
    • Posted By a_wade
    • October 14, 2011 at 10:02AM
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  • Jcolins
    Is anyone else highly suspicious that some entrants are creating multiple accounts and voting for themselves repeatedly?...
    • Posted By Jcolins
    • October 13, 2011 at 5:33PM
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