- Cover (The Summer Queen by Joan D. Vinge) by Michael Whelan
- Cover (Asimov's Jan 1991) ["Stations of the Tide" by Michael Swanwick] by Bob Eggleton [Asimov's Jan 1991]
- Cover (The White Mists of Power by Kristine Kathryn Rusch) by Thomas Canty [Roc, 1991]
- Cover (Heavy Time by C. J. Cherryh) by Don Maitz [Warner Questar, 1991]
- Cover (Lunar Descent by Allen Steele) by Bob Eggleton [Ace, 1991]
The following two pieces received enough votes to appear on the final ballot, but the nominations were declined by the artist.
Cover (All the Weyrs of Pern by Anne McCaffrey) by Michael Whelan [Ballantine Del Rey, 1991]
Cover (The Initiate Brother by Sean Russell) by Michael Whelan