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 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 your design should extend to in order to allow for any slippage when the cover is trimmed to size. Here’s an illustrative example

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 – 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.

I’m not a student but I am an amateur designer – can I enter the Student Design Award?

No, currently 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 2021.

Are there any restrictions to the fonts I can use in my design?

You can use any font that you wish in your design.

The normal copyright rules around font usage apply to your work and it’s your sole responsibility to ensure that you have the correct permissions to use them in your design. As Penguin Random House are only reproducing the winning designs as images and are not reproducing them as published covers or for any commercial gain the fonts do not need to be cleared for commercial use and the licensing of fonts used in the cover designs are not a consideration for us when judging the entries.

I don’t have the fonts that are specified on the templates, can I use an alternative font that is closely matched?

Yes, you can use an alternative font as long as you have the correct permissions to use it.

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 registration form such as college name, gender or nationality.


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