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:

American Web Design Awards
(Graphic Design USA - USA)
Deadline: 31 March 2009
Entry fees charged

PRINT's Regional Design Annual
(PRINT Magazine - USA)
Deadline Extended: 1 April 2009
Entry fees charged

The Big Book of Green Design
(Crescent Hill Books - USA)
Deadline Extended: 4 April 2009
No entry fees charged

Killed Ideas
(Killed Ideas - USA)
Deadline Extended: 7 April 2009
No entry fees charged

The Mini Book of Great Logos
(Crescent Hill Books - USA)
Deadline Extended: 10 April 2009
No entry fees charged

American Inhouse Design Awards
(Graphic Design USA - USA)
Deadline Extended: 10 April 2009
Entry fees charged

Retro Style Graphics
(Angela Patchell Books - UK)
Deadline Extended: 15 April 2009
No entry fees charged

Design Matters: Portfolios
(Rockport Publishers - USA)
Deadline Extended: 17 April 2009
No entry fees charged

Aspiring Creatives #45
(CMYK Magazine - USA)
Deadline: 20 April 2009
Entry fees charged

Best Bio Packaging, Volume 1
(Design & Design - France)
Deadline Extended: 30 April 2009
No entry fees charged

HOW In-HOWse Design Awards
(HOW Magazine - USA)
Deadline Extended: 1 May 2009 - with late fees
Entry fees charged

New Talent Annual 2010
(Graphis - USA)
Deadline: 11 May 2009
Entry fees charged

Annual Reports Annual 2010
(Graphis - USA)
Deadline: 11 May 2009
Entry fees charged

Graphic Recycling: Logos
(Rockport Publishers - USA)
Deadline: 15 May 2009
No entry fees charged

Communication Arts Design Competition
(Communication Arts - USA)
Deadline: 1 June 2009
Entry fees charged

Communication Arts Advertising Competition
(Communication Arts - USA)
Deadline: 9 June 2009
Entry fees charged

PRINT's Student Cover Competition
(PRINT Magazine - USA)
Deadline: 30 June 2009
Entry fees charged

Wolda '09
(Eulda Books - Italy)
Deadline: 30 June 2009 (logos designed in 2008)
Deadline: 31 January 2010 (logos designed in 2009)
Entry fees charged

UCDA Design Competition
(UCDA - USA)
Deadline: 10 July 2009
Entry fees charged

HOW Interactive Design Awards
(HOW Magazine - USA)
Deadline: 15 July 2009
Entry fees charged

HOW International Design Awards
(HOW Magazine - USA)
Deadline: 1 September 2009
Entry fees charged

The Best of Sports Marketing & Design
(Crescent Hill Books - USA)
Deadline: 1 October 2009
No entry fees charged

Communication Arts Interactive Competition
(Communication Arts - USA)
Deadline: 5 October 2009
Entry fees charged

The Best of Sin Design (Naughty Products. Great Advertising.)
(Crescent Hill Books - USA)
Deadline: 1 November 2009
No entry fees charged

(To make sure you are reading 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. L├╝rzer's ARCHIVE also has an impressive online list of competitions sponsored by international magazines and organizations. Dexinger posts 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!

© 2009 Jeff Fisher LogoMotives

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