Harriet Embelton book cover Second year Illustration student, Harriet Embelton has been shortlisted for the Orion book cover competition.


Orion has challenged students to redesign the cover of one of the three books: Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder, Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce or Best Knickers Always by Rebecca Perkins.


The winner will have the opportunity to work with the award-winning Art Department at Orion Books and have their design appear on a book. They will also win a 12 month mentoring course from Illustration Ltd, who will provide support with the winner’s portfolio so it’s ready for graduation, and they will have the opportunity to visit the agency in London who will option work for future representation.


The Orion Publishing Group was founded in 1991. Soon after, Orion acquired Weidenfeld & Nicolson, which established its reputation by publishing controversial bestsellers such as Nabokov’s Lolita, and over the years it has continued to publish high quality, prize-winning fiction and non-fiction across a range of genres. Recent and current authors include Michael Palin, Antonia Fraser, Edna O’Brien, H.G. Wells and Pope John Paul II. Orion Books’ design team have produced many iconic covers, including the global bestseller Gone Girl, and Antony Beevor’s The Second World War.


We have our fingers crossed for Harriet, who will find out the results of the competition in the next few days!