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 3rd party images used. For example: ‘Cover photograph by Joe Bloggs’. 

Should I read the book?

Absolutely! It will really help your concept development.

Design Template - What are crop marks?

Crop marks — also called trim marks — are thin lines placed at the corners of the design template that indicate where the finished cover should be trimmed so that it fits the book perfectly. The inner crop mark is the exact size of the finished book and the outer crop mark is where the bleed should extend to.

Design template - What is bleed?

Bleed is the part of the cover design that extends past the page boundary to account for slight inaccuracy when trimming.  The bleed should extend to the outer crop mark shown on the design template.

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

Visit the careers section on our website

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 Student Design Award entries on social media – if you choose to share yours, we’d appreciate it if you include the #PRHDesignAward hashtag and tag @PenguinUKBooks.

I'm not a student but I am an amateur designer - can I enter the Design Award?

No, you must be a student to enter the Design Award. The Penguin Random House Student Design Award is open to anyone studying on a Further Education or Higher Education course (part time or full time) in any subject and at any level. Entrants must be aged 18 or over by 1 July 2019.

For any other questions about the Penguin Random House Student Design Awards please email us