As a conference that explores the nuances of speculative fiction, Realm Makers knows there is more than just writing to celebrate. For the past 2 years, we’ve hosted an award to recognize the best in speculative book cover design. There’s so much that goes into creating a cover, and you can see just a peek at that process in Kirk DouPonce’s interview a couple of weeks ago.

This year, we have 4 amazing designs that we are excited to share with you. Each book shows amazing talent. The top 4 finalists will be appraised by talented illustrators. The winner will be announced at the Quill Pen Awards Dinner on Friday, August 7.

Without further ado, your 2015 Parable Award finalists . . .

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Dream Treaders by Wayne Thomas Batson

Designer: Micah Kandros

The Ghost Box by Mike Duran

Designer: Kirk DouPonce

Raven by Pauline Creeden

Designer: Regina Wamba

The Fatal Tree by Stephen R. Lawhead

Designer: Wes Youssi, M80 Design

Congratulations to the finalists!

We can’t wait to see who the winner is next month!

What were some of YOUR favorite covers of all time?