For the last 11 years, Penguin Random House UK has put on the Student Design Award, an opportunity for young designers to take an imaginative pop at some of the most timeless book covers ever published.
This year, the gauntlet was set across three categories: Adult Fiction Cover Award was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, won by Madalyn Farley, Adult Non-Fiction Cover Award was In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, won by Elliot Lee, and Children’s Cover Award was The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend, won by Beth Ewens.
Judges had to choose from a field of over 2,100 submissions, and the winner of each category was set to receive a work placement at the publishing house’s design studios and a £1,000 cash prize.
Last night the winners were announced at the award ceremony in central London. Of the winning covers, Judge Jim Stoddart says: “I want to congratulate all our winners for the bold, eye-catching designs they produced – and encourage them, and all the shortlisted students, to consider a career in cover design.”