Blythe Barnhill:

It's always exciting to see a year's worth of nominating, voting, and eliminating result in a final group of winners. This year's contest has been the most successful ever, with twice as many voters participating as last year. Readers (and authors!) have spoken, and the following covers are our big winners:

Winner in Historical: Single Cover Winner Historical: With Stepback
Winner in Contemporary Winner in Non Historical with Stepback
Winner in Series Winner Historical Series
Winner in Alternate Reality "Winner" in Worst


There are some interesting overall trends to note this year. Some categories were very competitive, and others were less so (the winner for "worst" really trounced the competition). But it was interesting to note that several themes came up again and again in reader comments, no matter what cover was being voted upon.

On behalf of AAR and Coverballot; I'd like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who participated this year, whether by nominating a cover, voting, or leaving a comment or two. Your terrific, insightful, and sometimes funny comments are what make this column possible. I'd also like to give another thank you to the members of coverballot, who spend all year voting on covers and preparing this slate for you.

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The 2002 Cover
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