Penguin Design Award

Winners announced!

Designing great book covers is not easy. Each of our shortlisted entrants met the challenge admirably, showing exceptional creativity and strong design skills, with cover designs that would stand out from others on the shelf, while appealing to the book’s target market.

Congratulations to all our shortlisted entrants and particularly to our winners, who we look forward to welcoming to Penguin Random House for their work placements:

Winner of the Adult Fiction Cover Award

Zack Crook – University of Central Lancashire

Zack Crook Book Cover

‘We loved how this brought Burgess’s remarkable language on to the front of the cover. It’s a clever, intellectual solution and that seems right for this book. Also a fantastic piece of design’ Joanna Prior – Managing Director, Penguin General Books

Winner of the Adult Non-Fiction Cover Award

Zachary Wieland – University of Texas

Zachary Wieland Book Cover

‘Simple, iconic, and so goddamn classy that, for one minute, I actually presumed it was a cover for a US edition I hadn’t seen. A deserving winner for its confidence, simplicity, and effectual reminder of how incredibly pleasing a pink highlighter pen is. Everyone loves a pink highlighter pen, AM I RIGHT?’ Caitlin Moran

Winner of the Children’s Cover Award

Ailsa Johnson – University of Edinburgh

Ailsa Johnson Book Cover

‘What fantastic storytelling in the design! I loved this cover, really accomplished composition, humorous touches and attention to detail. Definitely our winner!’ Francesca Dow – Managing Director, Penguin Random House UK Children’s

View the winners and shortlist for the Adult Fiction Cover Award, the Adult Non-Fiction Cover Award and the Children’s Cover Award.

Details on the 2017 Penguin Random House Design Award will be posted on this site in October 2016.

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