The Penguin Student Design Award, now in its 15th year, aims to discover and nurture the next generation of design and illustration talent.
Each year Penguin Random House gives students the opportunity to experience real cover design briefs first-hand across a choice of non-fiction, fiction and children’s titles.
This is an opportunity for students on an Art or Design course at HND or degree level to engage in design for publishing during their studies and to experience real cover and page layout design briefs first-hand.
To make the process even more similar to the way Penguin’s designers work, once the judges have selected the shortlist, the Art Directors will give the shortlisted entrants feedback and further art direction on their submissions. Shortlisted entrants will then be invited to resubmit their work, taking all the comments on board, before the final round of judging.
There are three categories
Adult Fiction Cover Award
Adult Non-Fiction Cover Award
Children’s Cover Award
ِDeadline : March 2, 2021
The winners will be announced on June 2021.
There is no entry fee to participate!
The competition is free to enter
Who may enter ?
Entrants must be aged 18 or over by July 1, 2021. The competition is not open to graphic design professionals. Open to anyone studying on a Further Education or Higher Education course – part time or full time, in any subject and at any level at the time
Crop marks to be included
Maximum file size 5 MB
Please include the front cover only on the first page of your PDF and a full cover spread (front, spine and back cover) on the second page of your PDF (supplied as one document).
Students may enter a maximum of 1 design in each of the three categories.
Three emerging creatives will recive £1,000 in prize money as well as a paid work placement at Penguin Random House UK.
For further information visit the official website