The winners are in for Penguin’s Cover Design Award 2024, celebrating the colourful, creative and diverse world of book publishing. Entrants were given the choice of three different Penguin publications to redesign: City of Stolen Magic by Nazneen Ahmed Pathak, Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and Atomic Habits by James Clear. The brief? Make an outstanding piece of cover art that blows away the competition. The prize? A coveted six-month mentorship with a member of the Penguin Art Department.

While I’m a firm believer that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, this is one of those rare occasions where it’s what’s on the outside that counts. Embracing whimsical illustration, retro-inspired design and bold graphics, each winner showcases the diversity of book cover design across the genres.