Penguin Design Award


Design a Penguin adult or Puffin children’s cover and you could be in with a chance to win a work placement within our adult’s or children’s design studio as well as £1,000 in prize money.

The Penguin Random House Design Award 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 jacket-design briefs first-hand.

Students may enter one design in either or both categories.

To make the process even more similar to the way a jacket designer works, once the judges have selected the shortlist, our Art Directors will give the shortlisted entrants feedback and further art direction on their cover submissions. Shortlisted entrants will then be invited to resubmit their work, taking all the comments on board, before the final round of judging.

The closing date for entries is 12 noon (B.S.T.) on Wednesday 2 April 2014.

The shortlisted entrants will be announced on this website by Thursday 1 May 2014.

The shortlisted entrants will be contacted by Friday 2 May 2014 with feedback and further art direction on their covers, and the closing date for resubmission of their work is Monday 19 May 2014.

The small print

The 2014 Award is open to all students on an Art or Design course at HND or degree level. It is also open to MA students. The award is not open to students on an Art Foundation course.

We advise entrants that ideally they should have a reasonable standard of English so that, if they win the first prize, they are able to get the most out of their work placement.

There is no fee for entry.

All entries must be supplied digitally via the Submissions Site. Entries submitted in any other way, including by email or hard-copy, will not be accepted.