Pot-pourri cover design contest

Are you a young artist? Enter FOPLA’s pot-pourri Cover Design Contest for a chance to design the cover of our annual pot-pourri youth writing anthology.

pot-pourri is a collection of poetry, short-stories, and comics by the winners of the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Youth-Writing contest. FOPLA has sponsored the Awesome Authors contest since 2007 as part of our commitment to support the programming of the Ottawa Public Library. We’re proud to publish the anthology every year, which encourages local youths to get creative and show off their artistic skills in both official languages.

FOPLA’s 2019 Cover Design Contest will run from April 15 to May 31, 2019. We invite Ottawa youths age 9-17 to submit their original works of art to be used as inspiration for the cover of pot-pourri 2019. Full contest rules below.

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pot-pourri cover design contest

Contest rules and eligibility requirements


  • Entrant must be between the ages 9 and 17
  • Each entrant may submit only one drawing
  • Drawing must be submitted by email to: info@fopla-aabpo.ca (please ensure scans are full colour at 300dpi) or to the Service Hub or Information Desk of an Ottawa Public Library branch by deadline: May 31, 2019
  • On the back of the page, please include your name, your age, your phone number, and your email address (or the email address of your parent or guardian)

Image specifications

  • Submit your drawing on an 8.5”x11” unlined page
  • Cover design should fill the page
  • Cover design must include the book’s title: pot-pourri 2019


  • The winner will be notified by phone or email by June 15, 2019 and must sign a publishing agreement by July 1 , 2019.
  • The winning drawing will be used as inspiration for the cover of pot-pourri 2019.
  • The winner will be credited for the cover design on the back cover of the book: “Cover design concept by…”
  • The winner will receive a copy of pot-pourri 2019.