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Win £1000 and a work placement with a world leading publisher

Penguin Random House UK is calling upon students to try their hand at designing book covers and given participants the chance to win £1000.

The publisher is searching for the next generation of book cover designers by giving students the opportunity to experience real cover design briefs first-hand. The publishers are looking for the most innovative and creative talent across the country.

The world’s number one publisher is looking for covers of three categories of books:

–       Adult Fiction Cover – Animal Farm by George Orwell

–       Adult Non- Fiction – A Brief history of Time by Stephen Hawking

–       Children’s Cover – Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman

This competition is open to anyone in either Further Education or Higher Education in any subject. Entrants must be aged 18 or over by 1st July 2018. This competition is not open to graphic design professionals and each student is only allowed to enter one design in each of the categories.

Since the competition started in 2006 Penguin Random House UK has had almost 12,000 entries and 78 weeks of work placements provided to winners. Job offers have also been made to previous winners and have given freelance work to many others.

For some inspiration take a lot at last year’s winners of the competition.

Adult Fiction Cover

Madalyn Farley, Kingston University (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee).

Adult Non-Fiction Cover

Elliot Lee, University of Northampton (In Cold Blood by Truman Capote).

Children’s Cover

Beth Ewens, Leeds College of Art (The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend).

More information on the Student Design Award, including how to enter and terms and conditions can be found at

The closing date for submissions is Tuesday 6th March 2018.

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