That’s right, it’s time once again for The New Yorker‘s annual Eustace Tilley Contest, now in its sixth year. The iconic Eustace Tilley character, who returns to grace anniversary issues each year, was drawn by Rea Irvin, the magazine’s first art editor, for the cover of the first issue of The New Yorker in 1925, with readers invited for some years now to contibute Tilley reinterpretations.

You have until January 7, 2013, to upload your cover design to the contest site. The editors will pick 12 winners, to be displayed on the magazine’s site, with visitors able to vote for their favorite from among these, from January 14 through 22. Five Readers’ Choice winners will be featured on the site in early February and will receive signed copies of Blown Covers by the magazine’s art editor, Françoise Mouly. The winners from last year’s competition are shown below, with those from previous years displayed on the magazine’s site.

Brett Culbert, New Haven, Connecticut.

Seventy-seven Stories
Cristian Gomez, Malverne, New York.

Gary Amaro, Berkeley, California.

Eustace at a Stoplight—Right?
David Urban, Randolph, New Jersey.

The New Worker Magazine
Ray Dougela, Marina del Rey, California.

Nancy and Sluggo Tilley
Kevin Scalzo, Waccabuc, New York.

Eustace Tilley Cover by Alma Mitchell, Age Ninety-nine
Alma Mitchell, Tumwater, Washington.

Handy Dandy
Kobi Benezri, New York, New York.

Tilley the Pooch
Lois Tavaf, Washington, D.C.

Go Read a Book
Landis Blair, Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Madama Butterfly
Andrea Zimbler, Austin, Texas.

Eustace Tilley, Barista
Michelle Kondrich, Denver, Colorado.

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