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The Student Design Award 2019 shortlist

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 shortlisted entrants:

Adult Fiction Cover Award

Monica Arroyo  – Kingston University

Rowan Collins – Norwich University of the Arts

Francesca Di Pillo – Anglia Ruskin University

Ashley Drew – Coventry University

Louis Gabaldoni – Norwich University of the Arts

Andrius Maknevicius – University of Salford

Bethany Rush - Falmouth University

Josie Staveley-Taylor – Falmouth University

Stefano Zappia – Politecnico di Torino

Beate Zarina - Falmouth University


Adult Non-Fiction Cover Award

Samuel Ayres – Solent University

Lewis Bowness – Nottingham Trent University

Toby Clarke – University of Northampton

Amie Ennew – Anglia Ruskin University

Robert Hall – University for the Creative Arts

Lauren Maxwell – Anglia Ruskin University

Ryan Scurfield – Leeds Arts University

Femke Smits – University of Northampton

Mihai Toma – Coventry University

Charlotte Vaughan – Norwich University of the Arts


Children’s Cover Award

Louise Baskerville – University of Hertfordshire

Heather Dagless – University of Derby

Celestin Dimitriu – Cardiff Metropolitan University

Emily Fox – University of Derby

Bethany Free – Nottingham Trent University

Sian McKeever – University of the Arts London

Sam Prentice – Arts University Bournemouth

Lucy Rogers – Falmouth University

Sancia Rose – University of Hertfordshire

Beatrice Simpkiss – Arts University Bournemouth


The winners will be announced on Wednesday 19 June.

All the winning and shortlisted entries will be available to view on this site by Thursday 20 June.

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 the shortlisted entrants have been contacted by email about the next stage of the competition.

We regret that we cannot enter into any further correspondence with entrants who have not been selected for the shortlist.

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