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The Student Design Award 2019 winners

Student Design Award winners 2019

A big thank you to everyone who entered the Penguin Random House Student Design Award 2019. We had a record-breaking 2,310 entries this year.

Congratulations to the Winners:

Adult Fiction Cover Award

Bethany Rush - Falmouth University, 1st Place

Josie Staveley-Taylor – Falmouth University, 2nd Place

Louis Gabaldoni – Norwich University of the Arts, 3rd Place

Adult Non-Fiction Cover Award

Toby Clarke – University of Northampton, 1st Place

Lewis Bowness – Nottingham Trent University, 2nd Place

Samuel Ayres – Solent University, 3rd Place


Children’s Cover Award

Sian McKeever – University of the Arts London, 1st Place

Sam Prentice – Arts University Bournemouth, 2nd Place

Beatrice Simpkiss – Arts University Bournemouth, 3rd Place

See their award-winning designs.

The winner of each category will win a work placement within the Penguin Random House Design Studios as well as £1,000 in prize money. The winners of the 2nd prize in each category will receive a £500 cash prize and the winners of the 3rd prize in each category will receive a £350 cash prize.

All entries must be submitted digitally via our submissions page.  

To make the process even more similar to the way our designers work, once the judges have selected the shortlist, the Art Directors will email the shortlisted entrants with individual feedback and further art direction on their cover designs.

To proceed to the next stage of the competition, shortlisted students will be required to resubmit their work, taking the Art Directors’ comments into consideration, before the final round of judging. See our submission details for the support material you will be required to submit.

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Important dates

Shortlist announcement – Wednesday 1 May 2019

Closing date for shortlisted student’s final submissions – Wednesday 15 May 2019, 5.00pm (GMT)

Winners announced – Wednesday 19 June 2019

A letter from Tom Weldon, Penguin Random House CEO

Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book and Penguin Random House has created thousands of iconic book covers throughout the years. The vital role of illustrators and designers in the production of some of the world's best-loved adult and children's books has created and defined the identity of our UK publishing lists.

We value creativity and design incredibly highly, and started the Penguin Random House Student Design Award twelve years ago to encourage the next generation of designers to use their amazing talents to help us tell our authors' stories.

I am always impressed with the quality of submissions and I look forward to seeing what this year’s talent has to offer.  


"I think as an illustrator, I often feel stuck in this middle ground between creating work that is very representational or figurative, versus work that is more graphic and design-led, and I felt like this project has really helped me work out how to navigate and combine both of those approaches."

- Harry Woodgate, winner of the Penguin Adult Non-Fiction Cover Award 2018