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:

CMYK Magazine Aspiring Creatives #45
(CMYK Magazine - USA)
Deadline Extended: 15 May 2009
Entry fees charged

CMYK Magazine Best of the Web
(CMYK Magazine - USA)
Deadline Extended: 15 May 2009
Entry fees charged

Annual Reports Annual 2010
(Graphis - USA)
Deadline Extended: 18 May 2009
Entry fees charged

New Talent Annual 2010
(Graphis - USA)
Deadline Extended: 18 May 2009
Entry fees charged

Package & Label Design
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline: 31 May 2009
No entry fees

Pattern Design
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline: 31 May 2009
No entry fees

Fashion Design
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline: 31 May 2009
No entry fees

Product Design
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline: 31 May 2009
No entry fees

Worldwide Graphic Design: Down Under
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline: 31 May 2009
No entry fees

Worldwide Graphic Design: Asia
(zeixs - Germany)
Deadline: 31 May 2009
No entry fees

Communication Arts Design Competition
(Communication Arts - USA)
Deadline Extended: 8 June 2009
Entry fees charged

Communication Arts Advertising Competition
(Communication Arts - USA)
Deadline Extended: 8 June 2009
Entry fees charged

American Graphic Design Awards
(GDUSA - USA)
Deadline: 10 June 2009
Entry fees charged

Made in Spain: Poster
(Index Book - Spain)
Deadline: 15 June 2009
No entry fees

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

Cause/Effect
(AIGA San Francisco - USA)
Deadline: 19 June 2009
Entry fees charged

Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award
(Summit Awards - USA)
Deadline: 24 June 2009
Entry fees charged

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

London International Creative Competition
(LICC - UK/USA)
Deadline Extended: 31 May 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

The New Big Book of Layouts
(Crescent Hill Books - USA)
Deadline: 8 August 2009
No entry fees charged

Creativity 39
(Creativity Annual Awards - USA)
Deadline: 15 August 2009
Entry fees charged

Book of the Year, Volume 2
(Design & Design - France)
Deadline: September 2009
No 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

Communication Arts Illustration Competition
(Communication Arts - USA)
Deadline: 11 January 2010
Entry fees charged

Communication Arts Photography Competition
(Communication Arts - USA)
Deadline: 29 March 2010
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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