Square Peg x Yellowzine

Square Peg x Yellowzine Designer Opportunity

Design the cover for 'The Mixed Race Experience'

We are looking for Black, Asian and ethnic minority graphic designers to work with us to create the cover for The Mixed Race Experience by Natalie and Naomi Evans, the founders behind the popular @everydayracism_ account in collaboration with publisher Square Peg (Vintage, Penguin Random House UK) and Yellowzine, a platform centralising the artwork of ethnic minority creatives.

The winning designer will receive mentorship from Vintage’s design team to create the finalised book cover, feature on Yellowzine’s platform and newsletter and receive £750 for their work.

This is a great opportunity for aspiring book designers to work on their first front cover under the tutelage of expert book designers and to experience the process of designing a front cover first-hand.

Additionally, all entrants will have the opportunity to attend a 1-hour workshop with Yellowzine which will take place virtually in June 2021. The shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to receive feedback from a member of the Vintage Design team and have their portfolio kept on file for future opportunities.

This competition is open to anyone with experience of graphic design (from students to professionals). You will not have designed a book cover in the past, but you must have experience of graphic design and an understanding of how to use software such as Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. Entrants must be 18 or over.

How do I enter?

Please send in your portfolio (no more than ten pages), or examples of previous work along with an expression of interest in 250 words or less here.

See the Terms and Conditions for full details of entry requirements.

Key dates

Submissions open 3rd May

Submissions close 31st May

Shortlist announced 11th June

Winner announced 23rd June

Who are the judges?

Natalie & Naomi Evans (Authors of 'The Mixed Race Experience')

Naomi and Natalie Evans are the sibling founders of anti-racist platform, Everyday Racism in which they work to amplify stories from BIPOC, share educational posts on how to take action against racism and run a book club showcasing books by people of colour.

Both Naomi and Natalie live in Margate, Kent. Naomi is mother to two boys and Head of Drama at a large secondary school. She has worked in education for over 15 years and is also a trained presenter. Natalie is a 31-year-old events manager. After completing her degree in Event Management, she has managed various festivals, tours and events in the UK.

The Mixed Race Experience is their first book.

www.everydayracism.co.uk | @everydayracism

Mireille Harper & Maxine Sibihwana (Square Peg)

Square Peg is a trend-leading commercial and contemporary non-fiction imprint with excellence and openness at its core. Square Peg cherry-picks 10 to 12 titles a year, seeking out varied voices, narratives and ideas that set the zeitgeist. They specialise in writers with a passion and platform, and strive for stories that break stigmas and approach difficult conversations. With a non-traditional approach to every element of the publishing process, they endeavour for their publishing output and processes to be as inclusive as possible.


Mireille Harper - Editor, Square Peg

Mireille joined Square Peg in November 2019, from Hachette Publishing Group, where she spent two years working across Trapeze, Hodder Education and Octopus Publishing Group. She now oversees the Square Peg list, seeking out new voices and ideas that are thought-provoking, progress conversations and offer audiences new perspectives across wellbeing, narrative non-fiction, gift, humour or cookery. Her recent acquisitions include Rough by Rachel Thompson, The Swan by Stephen Moss and The Queens’ English by Chloe O. Davis (with a foreword by Paula Akpan).

Maxine Sibihwana – Editorial Assistant, Square Peg

Maxine joined Square Peg in December of 2020 from HarperCollins UK, where she spent a year on the traineeship scheme, having worked on event titles such as Slay in Your Lane Presents: Loud Black Girls, Craig Brown's One Two Three Four and June Sarpong's The Power of Privilege. Maxine assists Mireille with overseeing the Square Peg list and is committed to ensuring Square Peg has diverse, inclusive and meaningful content.

Oreoluwa & Aisha Ayoade (Yellowzine)

Aisha and Oreoluwa Ayoade are the sibling founders behind London-based arts enterprise Yellow. Founded in 2017, Yellow is a platform with a mission to tackle the lack of representation of African, Caribbean and Asian artists within the creative industry. Through mentorship, live events, content creation and print magazine, Yellow draws connections between underrepresented artists and the wider industry with the aim to transform the arts scene and join the movement to create a new Afro-renaissance in the sector. 

Oreoluwa Ayoade is co-founder and creative director of the platform. Applying his years of experience as a graphic designer and art director, he creates work that amasses editorial, branding design and digital design, often with a focus on typography. Having co-founded Yellow Magazine alongside his sister whilst working full-time in Advertising, Oreoluwa also has experience curating for different disciplines and audiences.

Alongside her brother, Aisha Ayoade is co-founder and head of editorial of Yellow. With experience as a copywriter, social media manager and curator, her role spans across all sectors of the platform. She began predominantly working on the print magazine in charge of curation and content, however as Yellow has grown beyond the print magazine, Aisha’s work encompasses editorial, programming, content creation and some input into creative direction.

Suzanne Dean (Creative Director at Vintage)

Creative Director Suzanne Dean, heads up the Design Team at Vintage, working on cover designs for contemporary and classic novels amongst others by Ian McEwan, Mark Haddon, Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood and Haruki Murakami. Over the years, she has come up with a vast number of diverse, memorable and awarding winning covers such as Atonement, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Start of Something, Bluets, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Sense of an Ending and The Virginia Woolf Classic Series.

Kishan Rajani (Senior Designer)

Kishan is a British-Indian book cover designer who started his journey in the industry as an intern at Oneworld Publications. He has since worked with HaperCollins India, Orion Books and Hodder & Stoughton before becoming a designer at Vintage Books. Here, he works across all imprints, designing for authors such as Yuval Noah Harari, Ibrahim X. Kendi, Warsan Shire, Roddy Doyle and Evie Wyld.

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