Magazine cover design contests: creative ideas from professional designers

There’s no better way to design a magazine cover. Multiple designers will send you tons of ideas for your magazine cover, and you’ll choose your favorite. No templates. No robots. No frustrating apps. Just a 100% unique magazine cover.

Completely custom cover design

We don’t do generic, templated design. With 99designs, you’ll get a bespoke magazine cover that sets you apart from the competition.
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Expert magazine cover designers

All of our designers are hand-vetted and rated for their quality, so you’ll know you’re working with the best.
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Money-back guarantee

We’re your creative partner from start to finish. We offer free design consultations and 24/7 customer support. Still don’t like your magazine cover? Get your money back.
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How a magazine cover design contest works

Create a design brief.

1. Describe your perfect magazine cover

Our interactive creative brief makes it simple to describe your design needs and set your budget.

Pick your winning design.

2. Get dozens of magazine cover design ideas

Professional designers from all over the world enter your contest by sending you concepts. You’ll collaborate and give feedback to create the ideal magazine cover.

Get dozens of designs.

3. Pick a winning magazine cover

You’ll have seven days to work with designers. Then, you’ll select your favorite magazine cover and we’ll transfer the copyright and send you the final files.

Any style, any industry. Our magazine cover designers do it all.

We’ve been the leader in online graphic design since 2008. Check out our clients who love their magazine covers.
US$499 USD
Praetorian is an IT/Cyber Security professional services company. We do "ethical hacking" for enterprise-sized companies
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entries
8
designers
US$299 USD
Our company offers high end HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Roofing and Construction and we target middle class to higher en
37
entries
10
designers
US$799 USD
Business data and directory tool with over 52,000 company listings we sell data and marketing solutions.
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entries
44
designers
US$499 USD
Bruce Electric Equipment has a huge inventory of the name brand circuit breakers, disconnect switches and fuses you need
10
entries
4
designers
US$299 USD
ATS produces training materials for business people. This is going to be the front cover, spine and back cover of a cour
94
entries
11
designers
US$1,319 USD
Ultra Soap International creates world-class, sustainable, and biodegradable concentrated cleaning products packaged in
34
entries
8
designers
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US$799 USD
Rochester Area Wedding Magazine
70
entries
14
designers
US$1,199 USD
We publish a monthly print magazine to promote local home improvement companies in Southern California. A growing busine
37
entries
10
designers
US$799 USD
repurposing drugs
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entries
37
designers
US$499 USD
Alianna needs a TV Show poster - she is a 10 year old girl who flips houses and does room renovations and need a poster
102
entries
26
designers
US$1,199 USD
The Leap Ambassadors Community is a community of nonprofit thought leaders, progressive funders, policy makers, and inst
30
entries
7
designers
CHF309
dakuro is a family-owned SME that imports and sells personal safety equipment, mainly gloves. We are the exclusive impor
110
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13
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Professional magazine covers, no matter your budget

We guarantee that you’ll get a great magazine cover no matter what your budget is. Our higher-priced packages offer more experienced designers and more hands-on support.

Bronze
CHF309
Silver
CHF519
Gold
CHF819
Platinum
CHF1,199
Design concepts (approx.)
Design concepts (approx.)
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100% money-back guarantee
100% money-back guarantee
Full copyright ownership
Full copyright ownership
Mid & Top Level designers only
Mid & Top Level designers only
Top Level designers only
Top Level designers only
Dedicated manager
Dedicated manager
Prioritized support
Prioritized support

Your magazine cover design FAQs, answered.

Everything you need to move to production. Your cover design will be uploaded in the correct formats to send to a printer or be submitted to an online publishing platform (or both). 

Specifically, your winning designer will deliver a production-ready Adobe Illustrator file, Adobe Photoshop file, PDF file or EPS file. 

Plus, you’ll get the full legal copyright, so the design will be all yours.
Lots of ideas! If you’re looking for inspiration, explore 99designs for fantastic examples of product labels created by our design community.

Bring as many specifics as you can, too, like magazine cover dimensions, printing requirements and the information that needs to go on the front and back covers of your magazine.

The more you give the designers, the better they can design for you!
On 99designs, designers agree to upload only original artwork, so each designer owns the rights to their design submissions until you choose your contest’s winner. During the cover design handover stage, the designer agrees to transfer the rights, and you become the owner of the copyright of your winning magazine cover design.
Yes. If you have any specific photography or images that need to be included on your magazine cover design, please submit them to designers with your brief.

Unless you request otherwise, your designer may also use stock images (purchased from a third party) in your design. If a designer uses stock art in a design, they’ll tell you which images they are and use watermarked versions of them in their entries. Once you choose the winning design, you’ll need to purchase the stock art and provide it to the winning designer so they can complete the design.
Yes! We have designers who are professionally skilled in typesetting and magazine interiors. We recommend that you run a design contest to get your magazine cover designed first. Then, choose a skilled designer from our typesetting design list and request for them to work on your project.
We guarantee that you’ll get a great magazine cover design at any pricing level, but our higher-priced packages give you more design options and better support.

Here’s how it works: When you pay more, the prize for the winning designer is bigger, too. More experienced designers participate in your contest, so you get more high-quality designs to choose from. More options means additional time that's needed to review your designs. That’s why our Gold and Platinum packages offer dedicated managers to help streamline that process by writing creative briefs and giving your designers feedback.

When selecting your magazine cover contest package, think about how much time you’ll have and what experience you have writing briefs and working with designers. If you're still unsure, contact us for a design consultation.
Yes. We offer a 100% money-back guarantee within 60 days of payment on all Design Contests, except those with a guaranteed designer prize and those that have entered the Final Round. You can also call us anytime to help you rewrite your brief, reopen your project to ensure you get a good result and help you pick a winning design. Remember, if we refund your contest, you aren’t legally entitled to use any of the designs submitted to your contest.
Choose “Make your contest private” from the Contest options section before you launch your magazine cover design contest. This will prohibit designers from using their designs elsewhere, and your contest will be un-searchable on the web.

This will automatically attach a standard NDA template to your contest. If you prefer, you can also upload your own NDA.
At 99designs, we’re dedicated to building the world’s largest community of talented, professional designers. Every designer must apply and be accepted to work on our platform. Designer applications are reviewed by human design experts, and accepted designers are classified as either Top, Mid or Entry-Level. At 99designs you can feel assured you’re working with an expert.

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