SPD 2012 Student Design Competition: CLOSED

SPD 2012 Student Design Competition: CLOSED This year's competition is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! Winners will be announced soon.

Every year, SPD holds a professional competition to find the best editorial design out there. Now students have the chance to be a part of this world-class event!

Enter up to 5 entries according to our categories and rules, and you could win cash prizes, the Adobe Creative Suite software and--perhaps best of all--an internship! Check out all the details after the jump...

The time has come to put your hard work in class to use in landing yourself a killer addition to your resume: a summer internship at a top NYC magazine, something that can change your career path forever. (Oh yeah, and the $2500 cash first prize, a copy of the Adobe Creative Suite, and your work published in the SPD Annual.)
Entry forms and the complete rules for our 2012 Student Design Competition can be downloaded here (8.5 x 11 pdf here or 11 x 17 poster for display here). 

Monday, March 5, 2012, 5pm.
The deadline's been extended to Monday, March 12, 5pm. This year's competition is now closed.
That means your entries must be in our office by 5pm that day. You can mail it, express-mail it, hand deliver it or have it sent by carrier pigeons, we don't care ... it just must be in our hands by that time.

Current Student Members get their first 3 entries free. If you're not a current member (or if your membership expires before March 12, 2012) you can sign up now for $25 and get your first 3 entries free too. Otherwise, each entry is $10. 

You can pay with a credit card or money order using the entry form, but the easiest (and safest) way is to pay is online through PayPal here.

First place: The Adobe Scholarship in Honor of B.W. Honeycutt--a $2,500 prize, the Adobe Creative Suite software, and a summer internship at one of the top magazines in New York.
Second place: $1,000 prize, the Adobe Creative Suite software, and a summer internship at one of the top magazines in New York.

Third place: $500 prize, the Adobe Creative Suite software, and a summer internship at one of the top magazines in New York.

Honorable Mention: We may choose one or more entries to receive Honorable Mention status which often includes the opportunity to accept a summer internship.

All winners will also be honored with an Award of Excellence and an invitation to SPD's Annual Awards Gala in May 2012 in New York City. Award-winning work (including several honorable mentions) will be showcased on our student blog AND printed in our PUB 47 Design Annual along with all the professional competition winners.

As always, there's an awesome team of judges who will be seeing ALL the work entered. Even if you don't win, it's a great opportunity to get your work in front of their eyes. 

- Brian Antsey, DESIGN DIRECTOR, InStyle
- Sean Johnston, DESIGN DIRECTOR, Field and Stream
- Emily Kehe, DESIGN DIRECTOR, Fortune
- Mike Leister, ART DIRECTOR, ESPN The Magazine
- Stravinski Pierre, ART DIRECTOR, Esquire
- Damian Wilkinson, ART DIRECTOR, Men's Journal

Check out a few of the most popular questions here:
- Where do I get the copy?
- Where do I get the photos?
- Are the internships only in summer?
- What about December graduates? Grad students? High school students?
- What if I live outside of the U.S.?

Have a different question? Email us at mail@spd.org and we'll answer you and add it to the list.

See the winning entries and comments from their creators from previous years here:
2011     2010     2009     2008     2007

Be sure to check out the last page of the Entry Form PDF for some great advice on what makes a good editorial spread. Also, check out more of our tips here:
- Competition Tips, Part 1     - Competition Tips, Part 2     - Competition Tips, Part 3
- Competition Tips, Part 4     - Competition Tips, Part 5   


If you haven't noticed, our winners get internships at some pretty cool magazines. Obviously the money, prizes and fame are great, but really, it's the internship that could kick-start your entire career. In case you need proof, check out reports from some of our previous winners about their internship experience:
- Tina Nguyen at Fortune
- Megan Cummins at Departures
- Jason Sfetko at Martha Stewart Living
- Nicole Zigmont at Complex

Email us at mail@spd.org
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