Paint Our Cover

Cover Contest

By Maria Hesse | May 15, 2017
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In an effort to connect our readers to all things authentically local, we are featuring the paintings of six San Diego artists on our 2017 covers. It started with the January cover, an oil on canvas painted by Edible San Diego’s Managing Editor, Riley Davenport. Our March issue showcased a beautiful watercolor painted by Jane LaFazio, and our current May issue features the work of R.D. Riccoboni. We can’t wait until July for you to see the cover for our Cooks issue. It’s a very unexpected look for us, which is what we love about it.


We are planning our final two covers of the year and want to consider your work, so we’ve come up with two contests to engage with San Diego artists.

The first contest will help to select a cover for the September issue. We will accept submissions from May 16-June 30, 2017. A second contest will be announced later for our November issue, but we’ll give you a hint on the theme: it’s Celebrations.

Paintings submitted should be relevant to the themes of the issues and in alignment with the mission of Edible San Diego.

Submitting your painting is easy:

  • Follow @ediblesd on Instagram

  • Post a quality image of your painting on Instagram between May 16-June 30, 2017

  • Tag @ediblesd on the photo

  • Provide a brief description of your artwork and include a hashtags #esdbeverages #paintourcover #ediblesd

You can follow along as Edible SD may share your submission on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. A blog post announcing the end of the contest on our website will select top submissions to be showcased in a gallery on the site. Selected artist must agree upon submission to maintain confidentiality on the cover selection until announced with the reveal of the September issue.


  • Artist must reside in San Diego

  • All artwork must be original

  • Art must be made available without compensation

  • Artwork themes should be relevant to the content of Edible San Diego, appropriate to the cover theme for the Beverages issue. Ideally, food and drink implied or included for the Beverages issue.

  • Portrait format only.

  • If your artwork is selected, in order for it to appear on the cover, you must be able to provide a file suitable for use in print - 9”x12” 300dpi - by our production deadline. No cell phone photos.

  • Restricted content: All paintings must be suitable for viewing by readers of all ages.

  • Submissions: Instagram photo contest. Artwork should be posted on Instagram, Edible San Diego must be tagged on the image, and trending hashtags must be indicated in the comments: #paintthecover #ediblebeverages #ediblesd

  • Alternatively, you may email submissions to

  • Painting submissions will be accepted 12:00 a.m. May 16 - 11:59 p.m. June 30, 2017



  • One entry per artist.

  • By submitting your painting for consideration in the Paint the Cover Contest, artist agrees to allow Edible San Diego Magazine free digital use of the image with credits.

  • Artist Contributors Agreement to be provided upon selection for terms of publication

  • Selected artists will be contacted directly by July 3rd and announced upon publication the last week of August 2017.

  • Edible San Diego reserves the right to select cover art from outside the Paint Our Cover contest.


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