Infinite Jest

Infinite Jest is having a renewed moment in the spotlight thanks to The End of the Tour, the Jason Segel-starring film about David Foster Wallace. That moment will stretch into next year, as the 1,079-page tome’s 20th anniversary hits.

Little, Brown, Wallace’s longtime publisher, has opened the door for fans to celebrate the book’s anniversary in a pretty big way: With a contest to design the cover art for Infinite Jest‘s 20th anniversary edition. Submissions will be accepted for just a month—from Aug. 15 to Sept. 15, 2015, at In addition to having their design printed on the new edition, releasing on Feb. 23, 2016, the winner will also receive a $1,000 American Express gift card. (One would hope the winner gets a copy of the new book, too.) “Entries will be judged on originality and creativity, relevance to the book and its impact on the literary landscape, and other criteria,” according to the publisher.

“The anniversary of a novel as influential, beloved, and enduring as Infinite Jest is cause for much celebration,” says Michael Pietsch, Hachette CEO and the editor of Infinite Jest, in a release. “We invite the readers whose enthusiasm for and engagement with Infinite Jest has shaped the book’s legacy to share their inspiration with us, and celebrate with us in this very special way.”

For updates on the contest and other 20th anniversary celebrations, visit the IJ20 Tumblr page. And if you haven’t read Infinite Jest, either make haste and do so, or check out our handy guide, “How to Pretend You’ve Read Infinite Jest.”

Infinite Jest
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