Stack Christmas Cover Challenge – the results

by Steve Watson in November 2014
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Okay, this was really hard.

We asked you to show us what the Stack magazines would look like if they made Christmas special issues. The competition has been running steadily from the start, but then on Wednesday night the floodgates opened and we received a TON of submissions. Sifting through them yesterday I realised I couldn’t limit myself to printing just one cover, and decided that the top four finalists would all get a space on the envelope.

I’ve also added every single entry to a board on Pinterest, which is well worth a look – there’s some seriously amazing stuff on there. But there could only be one winner, so read on to see who picked up the first prize of £150 plus a free year’s subscription to Stack…

10. Winter warmer
Polly and Chris at Wrap do a brisk trade in notebooks and other stationery, but could they be adding knitwear to their range? If and when they do, they should speak to Matthew Brazier about licensing this design for a Christmas jumper.


09. The Christmas mag for kids
This great effort by Lauren Humphrey could honestly be a genuine Anorak cover. If this competition was just a bit more serious it would have placed higher…


08. Baking maverick
But instead I couldn’t resist the ridiculous charms of Matej Vojtus and his imagining of Offscreen. One of the few photographic entries, it was also unusual in its use of cover lines. And they’re pretty excellent cover lines.


07. Santa loves Santa
I love this version of Hello Mr by Mateusz Napieralski, showing two Santas locked in a loving embrace. Who knows what really goes on in Lapland during those long, dark nights?


06. Santa silhouette
Danielle Field’s take on Eye magazine is brilliantly simple, a lovely piece of work that references the cover of issue 85 from last year. Very clever.


05. Christmas dinner
Melissa Chua’s pop art-inspired take on The Gourmand has been a favourite from the start, but in the end that 3D magazine outline edged it out of the competition with the top four.


04. Offscreen, take two
There are some magazines that seemed to inspire entries more than others, and one of the most inspiring magazines of the bunch was Offscreen, as seen here by Spudgun.


03. Santa on a bike
The big man has ditched his sleigh and coat, and taken to his bike to deliver presents around the streets of London. Stella Murphy’s take on Huck is just wonderful.


02. John who?
This brilliant satire of the John Lewis advert shows current combatants observing a very fragile truce for a kick about on Christmas Day. I love the amount going on in this illustration of Delayed Gratification by Terry Hearnshaw.


01. Sinister Santa
But for sheer detail you can’t beat Mat Roff, who emerges as a deserved winner with this strangely creepy rendition of Wrap. Congratulations Mat – I’ll be in touch to organise your prize.


With Christmas coming, remember Stack makes a great gift. And if you use the code STACKSAVER you’ll get 10% off our regular prices when you give someone a year of great magazines in 2015.