Penguin Random House launches Student Design Award 2017

 Student Design Award 2017


Penguin Random House’s annual  book cover design competition has launched for 2017 with three new cover briefs and a new website:

  • The Adult Fiction Cover Award – Harper Lee – To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Adult Non-Fiction Cover Award – Truman Capote – In Cold Blood
  • The Children’s Cover Award – The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾

The award, split over the three prizes above, aims to be an opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in design to experience real cover design briefs first hand – and gives them the chance to win a work placement with the Penguin Random House Design Studios, as well as £1,000 in prize money.

Open to students studying any subject at any level (full or part time), entries open on Wednesday 18 January and will close on Tuesday 7 March. However, materials are already on the new website for anyone wishing to make a start.

Last year’s competition saw students reimagine A Clockwork Orange, E mil and The Detectives and Caitlin Moran’s How to Be A Woman, with guest judges including David Shrigley  and Alexandra Shulman. Commenting on the winning cover for How To Be A Woman, author Caitlin Moran said 'Zachary Wieland’s winning entry was simple, iconic, and so goddamn classy that, for one minute, I actually presumed it was a cover for a US edition I hadn’t seen.'

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