Borough Press launches third anniversary tote bag competition

Borough Press launches third anniversary tote bag competition

The Borough Press is today launching a competition to design a tote bag inspired by its new tagline 'books that make you' and to herald the imprint’s third birthday in January 2017.

The winning designer will see their work featured on the bag along with a cash prize of £500. There may also be the opportunity for further work with the HarperCollins design studio.

The new tagline for the imprint was devised by publishing director Suzie Dooré, who said: “Borough is the home of books that make you think, wonder, laugh and weep, from bestselling brand authors to the most exciting debuts – and I can’t wait to see what the designers come up with to reflect that.”

Designers are asked to come up with creations reflecting both the concept of 'books that make you' along with the spirit of the list "energetic, modern and passionate – proud of a rich and varied past, and enthusiastic about a thriving present and future," according to the publisher.

Borough Press publishes fiction which couples "passionate, intelligent writing" with "energetic, page-turning plots" and is looking for a design to encapsulate this, although the imprint is also open to interpretations of this brief.

In addition to the competition, following the success of #BookADayUK devised by Borough Press when it launched in 2014, the imprint will also be running a weekly #BooksThatMakeYou hashtag game for Twitter with a different theme each week. The game will be kicked off by author Joanna Cannon at 12pm on 9th December.

To enter the competition, entrants should send designs as jpeg files to The deadline for entries is 2nd January 2017 and the winner will be announced on 9th January. The entries will be judged by creative director Claire Ward, publishing director Suzie Dooré and marketing executive Katie Moss. Full terms and conditions and entry guidelines are available at The Borough Press' website.