Calls for entries:

Upcoming design competition deadlines

All of the following competitions deadlines present great opportunities to showcase your design efforts, market your work on an international scale through the published books, and "toot!" your own horn to clients, peers and the media:

Tempus Fugit - World's Best Calendar Design
(Index Book - Spain)
Deadline: No deadline published
No entry fees charged

The Big Book of Self-Promotion
(Crescent Hill Books - USA)
Deadline: No deadline published
No entry fees charged

2008 Design and Design Book of the Year
(DesignAndDesign.com - France)
Deadline: Ongoing at this point
No entry fees charged

Just For You - Designs Made By The Heart
(Index Book - Spain)
Deadline: January 2008
No entry fees charged

Identity - Best of the Best 2008
(Identity Magazine - Russia)
Deadline: January 15, 2008
No entry fees charged

D&AD Awards 08
(D&AD - UK)
Deadline: January 16, 2008
Entry fees charged

The Art Director's Club 87th Annual Awards
(The Art Director's Club - USA)
Deadline: 18 January 2008
Entry fees charged

Sleeping & Designing
(Index Book - Spain)
Deadline: 30 January 2008
No entry fees charged

Behind the Design
(Crescent Hill Books - USA)
Deadline: 1 February 2008
No entry fees charged

I.D. Student Design Review
(I.D. Magazine - USA)
Deadline: 1 February 2008
Entry fees charged

The One Show
(The One Club - USA)
Deadline Extended: 8 February 2008
Entry fees charged

2008 Gold Quill Awards
(International Association of Business Communicators - IABC)
Early-bird deadline: 5 February 2008
Final deadline: 12 February 2008

Entry fees charged

European Design Awards
(ED-Awards - Greece)
Deadline: 15 February 2008
Entry fees charged

1000 Garment Designs
(Rockport Publishers - USA)
Deadline: 15 February 2008
No entry fees charged

Summit Creative Awards
(Summit International Awards - USA)
Deadline Extended: 20 February 2008
Entry fees charged

The One Show Interactive
(The One Club - USA)
Deadline Extended: 29 February 2008
Entry fees charged

American Inhouse Design Awards
(Graphic Design USA - USA)
Deadline: 29 February 2008
Entry fees charged

Design=Information: 10 Principles for Creating Graphics That People Understand
(Rockport Publishers - USA)
Deadline: 29 February 2008
No entry fees charged

Logo Design Love Awards
(Logo Design Love - Scotland)
Deadline: 1 March 2008
No entry fees charged

PRINT’s Regional Design Annual 2008
(PRINT Magazine - USA)
Deadline: 3 March 2008
Entry fees charged

Market Smart Design
(Crescent Hill Books - USA)
Deadline Extended: 14 March 2008
No entry fees charged

HOW Annual Promotion Design Awards
(HOW Magazine - USA)
Deadline: 21 March 2008
Entry fees charged

International Gallery of Artistic Business Cards
(International Creators' Organization - Japan)
Deadline: 30 March 2008
No entry fees charged

STEP Best of Web Design 2008
(STEP inside design - USA)
Deadline: 1 April 2008
Entry fees charged

INHOWSE Design Awards 2008
(HOW Magazine - USA)
Deadline: 14 April 2008
Entry fees charged

Worldwide Logo Design Annual 2008
(Wolda - Italy)
Deadline: 20 May 2008
Entry fees charged

(For the latest bLog-oMotives design competition update click here.)

You may want to read my article about participating in design industry competitions: A Winning Strategy. It has appeared on the Creative Latitude and NO!SPEC web sites.

Design competition calendars are also available at Icograda and Workbook. DesignTaxi and Dexinger post competitions of great value to industry professionals - however designers need to be aware that some of the listings are for "spec" work as a requirement for submission. Requests for new, or speculative, work as a condition of entering a "contest" are much different than legitimate design competition "calls for entries," in which previously created works are judged for possible awards, exhibition, or publication in an annual or other book.

My own work appears in nearly 100 graphic design books. Many of those inclusions are the result of design competitions, or requests for submissions, like those listed above.

For the perspective from the other side of design competitions, I wrote a bLog-oMotives entry about judging the 2007 Summit Creative Awards.

Good luck!

© 2008 Jeff Fisher LogoMotives

3 comments:

David said...

Thanks for adding the Logo Design Love Awards, Jeff.

I'm heading over to read your post on judging, as I had meant to ask for advice about ethical voting for the judges.

Chad said...

Hi Jeff,

I know this is a bit old, but I'm working on processing a whole bunch of call-for-entries for one of my pieces, and I have a curiosity question. What is the average turnaround from submission deadline date to when you are informed of whether or not it got accepted? Also, this might be stupid question, but what do they mean when they want a 'labeled' proof? Does that mean it has crop marks and such things as that?

Thanks,
-Chad

Jeff Fisher LogoMotives said...

Chad -

Turnaround times for notifications vary so much from contest to contest. Many will post info about when designers can expect news on their websites.

I'm not sure about the "labeled proof" reference - unless it means having all of your required contact and project info on the proof you submit.

- J.