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Win A Luxury Holiday In The Maldives



We’re giving you the chance to win a dream holiday in the Maldives to celebrate the launch of A Song For Tomorrow by the fab Alice Peterson.

One lucky winner will win seven nights of pure luxury in a beachfront pool villa for them and a friend, including flights and full board accommodation.

It’s the most fabulous Books and the City prize to date – check out the full prize details below:

• A seven night stay at Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru in a Beachfront Pool villa for two people
• Full board basis, incl. soft drinks, excl. alcohol
• Return transfers from Male to Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
• Two return economy flights from London to Male up to a value of £700 per person

Are you ready for some serious R&R? Find out more about the luxury resort on the Banyan Tree website.

Win a work placement at Penguin Random House Design Studios + £1,000

Student Design Award 2017


Your chance to win a work placement within the
Penguin Random House Design Studios
as well as £1,000 in prize money


The Penguin Random House Student Design Award is an opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in design to experience real cover design briefs first-hand.

To make the process even more similar to the way our designers work, once the judges have selected the shortlist, the Art Directors will give the shortlisted entrants feedback and further art direction on their submissions. Shortlisted entrants will then be invited to resubmit their work, taking on board all the comments, before the final round of judging.

The Penguin Random House Student Design Award is open to anyone studying on a Further Education or Higher Education course (part time or full time) in any subject and at any level. Entrants must be aged 18 or over by July 2017. The competition is not open to anyone who is currently or has previously been employed in the graphic design field.  See the Terms and Conditions for full details of entry requirements.

Students may enter a maximum of one design in each of the categories:

Adult Fiction Cover Award

Adult Fiction Cover Award



Adult Non-Fiction Cover Award



Children’s Cover Award



Important Dates

All entries must be submitted digitally via the submissions site.

The closing date for entries is 12:00 (GMT) on Tuesday 7 March 2017.

Shortlisted entrants will be announced on this website by Thursday 27 April 2017.

The shortlisted entrants will be contacted by Thursday 27 April 2017 with feedback and further art direction on their covers, and the closing date for resubmission of their work is Friday 12 May 2017.


A letter from Tom Weldon, Penguin Random House CEO

Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book and Penguin Random House has created thousands of iconic book covers throughout the years. The vital role of illustrators and designers in the production of some of the world’s best-loved adult and children’s books has created and defined the identity of our UK publishing lists.

We value creativity and design incredibly highly, and started the Penguin Random House Design Award eleven years ago to encourage the next generation of designers to use their amazing talents to help us tell our authors’ stories.

I am always impressed with the quality of submissions and I look forward to seeing what this year’s talent has to offer.


‘The Award gave me the stepping stone I needed to find a career I’m passionate about and to discover my love for illustrating literary fiction’

Alexandra Allden – winner of the Penguin Adult Cover Award 2011

Win A Holiday For 2 To LAS VEGAS!

MGM Grand Las Vegas

We believe Blackpool is the Vegas of the North so we want to give one lucky couple the chance to compare for themselves. On top of the holiday, you will also receive Viva VIP treatment with an invitation to join us here in Blackpool whenever you need a dose of fabulous entertainment.

MGM Grand Las Vegas

You will be staying at the flamboyant MGM Grand which doesn’t call itself grand lightly. Located on the famous Vegas Strip, from the 45ft, bronze lion statue and the 6.6-acre swimming pool area to the four 30-storey towers and 5,000 bedrooms, this hotel is grand in every way.

Like at Viva, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining, with an incredible array of international cuisine. Also like Viva, the MGM Grand is famous for its spectacular shows. Cirque du Soleil’s, KÀ appears at the MGM Grand alongside world renowned entertainers such as David Copperfield or if you fancy a flutter, the MGM Grand has one of the largest casinos in Vegas.

The holiday includes round trip flights, double room and transfers.

For a chance for you and your guest to win this holiday to Las Vegas simply answer the question and complete the form below and click to enter.

This competition closes midnight 31st March 2017 and the winner will be notified within 14 days

Click Here



We’re delighted to be giving one lucky Ricola fan the chance to win an unforgettable holiday to Switzerland worth £1,300, plus a year’s supply of Ricola sweets!


Did you know ‘Chrüterchraft’ is the name given to the magic blend of thirteen Swiss herbs, including Speedwell, Lady’s Mantle, Cowslip and Thyme, which are present in every single Ricola sweet? We’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win £100 for each of the Ricola herbs – that’s £1,300 worth of holiday vouchers!

From a relaxing stay in the breath-taking Swiss Alps to a culture-filled city break in Zurich; discover the beautiful sights of Switzerland with this amazing prize.

Upon their return, the winner will receive a year’s supply of Switzerland’s famous Ricola herbal sweets which come in several tempting flavours such as Tasty Cranberry, Refreshing LemonMint, Delicious Elderflower, Scrumptious OrangeMint, Luxurious Liquorice, The Original and the newest addition, Fresh Mountain Mint. All, of course, containing Ricola’s secret blend of 13 herbs. Plus, the winner will also receive a backpack from Swiss mountaineering and trekking equipment specialists, Mammut.

All you need to do is answer one simple question…


Happy Valentines Day


The history of Valentine’s Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine’s Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?


The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine’s actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–possibly his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and–most importantly–romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”–at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine’s Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine’s Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

In addition to the United States, Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine’s Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one’s feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine’s Day greetings.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap.” Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

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The Mickflieg Daily 26th January 2017




One lucky family of four will win this amazing holiday to Ötztal in the Austrian Tirol, plus £1000 from Ellis Brigham so you can kit yourselves out with some great snowsports gear.

As a family owned company, Ellis Brigham understand just how precious family time is, and the importance of being able to spend it together in the great outdoors.

A snow sports holiday can be one of the best times you’ll share as a family, that’s why Ellis Brigham have teamed up with the UK’s leading family ski holiday specialist Esprit, and the Ötztal in the Austrian Tirol, to offer you a fantastic opportunity to win a snow sports experience for the entire family.

Whether you and your family are looking to take your first steps on snow, or are a little more experienced and want to introduce your kids to the joys of skiing, this fabulous holiday will give you the chance to do just that.

Our friends at Esprit are offering lessons for your little ones every day, while you’ll be able to relax in the hospitality of an Esprit catered chalet – which means afternoon tea and cake amongst other things!

One lucky family of four will win this amazing holiday, plus £1000 from Ellis Brigham so you can kit yourselves out with some great snowsports gear.


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