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Competition: Design a cover for the Magazine's 2008 Annual

16:00 UK time, Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Why do American pickets walk in circles? How much do prisoners get paid? What is kosher chicken?

Three pressing questions that arose from three notable events* over the past 12 months - and each of them answered by the Magazine's Who, What, Why? feature.

bpannual.jpgAs we steel ourselves for the call of last orders on 2008, the Magazine is republishing a collection of the best Who, What, Whys from the year in downloadable, easily print-out-able and read-where-you-like-able PDF format. Think of it as the Magazine's 2008 Annual.

There's only one thing missing - a dazzling, eye-catching front-page design... which (with due deference to Tim Levell) is where you come in.

We are inviting readers to take part in a competition to design a cover for this Annual, which will be published between Christmas and the New Year.

Be as inspired as you like - we're looking for the most creative representation of a theme or themes of the year's news, or which illustrates the concept 'Who, What, Why?' Designs should be 190mm x 190mm - to sit beneath our title text on an A4 page.

Casting a critical eye over the best of your entries, and selecting a winner, will be the man who was the original designer of the BBC News website, Matt Jones.

The traditional prize (ie kudos) will be offered to the winner. A selection of also rans might also be published.

  • The closing date for entries is midday GMT Monday 22 December, 2008
  • Entries should be e-mailed to: yourpics@bbc.co.uk - subject line: "Magazine annual". If your file size is too big for e-mail, please upload it via this page, again with "Magazine annual" in the description box.
  • Remember also that all designs should be entirely your own work

* Those significant news events again: the screenwriters strike in Hollywood; a Conservative proposal that prisoners give some of their wages to their victims, and that classic Apprentice moment when contestant Michael Sophocles was publicly disavowed by Sir Alan Sugar of his claim to be a "good Jewish boy".

Full rules are here [PDF format]

UPDATE MIDDAY 22 DECEMBER: COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED

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