Game of Totes: Canvas Is Coming (round one)

The wait is over and the most historic battle in literary tote history begins. 33 totes are fighting for the canvas throne, and you, the reader, get to draw first blood. List up to five of your favorites in the comments section, where all true battles take place. You can click on the images for a larger slideshow. Order is randomly generated to ensure tote equality. Voting will be counted until midnight, Friday.

The winners will make round two, judged by our panel of experts including Dana Schwartz (Guy in Your MFA & Dystopian YA), Kenny Coble (Bookseller, Elliott Bay Books), Max Neely-Cohen (Author, Echo of the Boom), Kevin Nguyen (Editorial Director at Oyster), Bethanne Patrick (Writer and blogger), Nadxieli Nieto (Writer and designer), Jillian Steinhauer (Senior editor at Hyperallergic), Alexander Chee (Author, The Queen of the Night), and Maris Kreizman (Slaughterhouse 90210). Finally, on 4/20, we will judge the last remaining totes to crown a champion at Housing Works. Cosmopolitan’s book-editor-at-large Camille Perri, Saeed Jones (poet, Prelude to Bruise, BuzzFeed Literary Editor), Bev Rivero (Publicist at The New Press), and Dan Wilbur (Writer and comedian).

But who gets to face the judges? That’s up for you to decide. Pick up to five favorites in the comments below.

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ETA: If you’d like to purchase our “Love Live the Book!” tote bag — which we are not entering into the contest out of fairness — click here.

Let the games begin!

BOMB Magazine

BOMB Magazine

Out of Print Clothing

Out of Print Clothing

Penguin Teen

Penguin Teen

Knopf

Knopf

Litograph

Litograph

Ryan Bradley

Ryan Bradley

Jai Lai

Jai Lai

Riverhead Books

Riverhead Books

Oyster Review

Oyster Review

Tin House

Tin House

The Lit Hub

The Lit Hub

The Paris Review

The Paris Review

Graywolf Press

Graywolf Press

Blunderbuss

Blunderbuss

Underwater New York

Underwater New York

Gigantic

Gigantic

National Book Foundation

National Book Foundation

Biblioasis

Biblioasis

The Strand

The Strand

Poetry Magazine

Poetry Magazine

Pop Chart

Pop Chart

The New Inquiry

The New Inquiry

Nouvella

Nouvella

N+1

N+1

O, Miami

O, Miami

April

April

Booksmith

Booksmith

OR Books

OR Books

Parnassus Books

Parnassus Books

Koyama Press

Koyama Press

Crown

Crown

Poets & Writers

Poets & Writers

Melville House

Melville House

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