FAQs

Have a question about your eligibility to enter? Check out the Eligibility page.

Not sure how to set up your template or have questions around fonts? Take a look at the template jargon buster.

Can I work with an illustrator or photographer? 

Yes, but we can only award one prize to the named entrant. Copyright must be cleared for all images used in your cover design and you must include a credit line on the back cover of your design for any third-party images used. For example: ‘Cover photograph by Allen Lane’. 

Should I read the book?

Absolutely! It will really help your concept development.

Can I enter submissions for more than one category?

Yes, you can enter a maximum of one submission for each category.

Can I share my design on social media? 

We love seeing Penguin Cover Design Award entries on social media – spread the word about your work! If you choose to share yours, we’d appreciate it if you include the #PRHDesignAward hashtag and tag @PenguinUKBooks.

How is the shortlist selected?

The Penguin Random House Art Directors look through all the submitted designs and together decide which ten in each category will proceed to the shortlist. At that point they do not have sight of the entrant’s name or any of the details submitted on the entry form, just the design.

How do I find out about job opportunities at Penguin Random House?

Visit the design careers section on our website

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