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Entries due Monday, April 4, 2016.


THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

But be sure to check back soon as we'll be opening up the Call for Entries in our 2016 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show in late April.

  

Download the Call for Entries and Entry Form PDF Here.


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WANT TO ENTER? GET THE DETAILS BELOW

  

Keep scrolling down for the complete Rules, Frequently Asked Questions, Tips, and Past Winners.


*Please note that this competition is open only to undergraduate students from accredited colleges and universities.

And yes, international students are welcome!


If you're a graduate-level student or continuing education student, sorry, this isn't the competition for you, but you CAN enter our SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show that selects and showcases the best design being done by all students throughout the year. Look for those details to be announced on our Student Blog in late April and May. 





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OFFICIAL RULES & ENTRY FORM

  
 


DEADLINE

 
Monday, April 4, 2016, 5PM EST.

THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.
  
But be sure to check back soon as we'll be opening up the Call for Entries in our 2016 SPD-U Spotlight Online Gallery Show in late April.

That means your entries must be in our office at 27 Union Square West, Suite 207, New York, NY, 10003 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 how it gets to us, it just has to be in our hands by 5pm. So make sure you leave enough time for delivery.
No emailed or online submissions.


ENTRY FEES

  
SPD Student Members get their FIRST 3 entries FREE!! (Though you can enter more than that ... if you do, your 4th and other entries will cost $10 each.) Please note, even though they're free, you must "purchase" your 3 free entries using the ticket form below.

If you're not a member, but want to be, purchase your SPD Student Membership here first. Then come back and "purchase" your 3 free entries.
  
Otherwise, each entry is $10. 
  
All payments must be made online using this ticket form here ... sorry no personal checks or money orders.

YOU MUST INCLUDE THE RECEIPT WITH YOUR ENTRY. If we cannot find proof of your payment for the entry(ies) or a Student Membership, your entries will be disqualified.
 
PAY HERE: 


WHAT YOU CAN WIN

  
FIRST PLACE:  The Mitch Shostak Award -- a $2,500 prize and a summer internship at a top magazine in New York. (Questions about the internship? Find more info below.) 
  
SECOND PLACE:  The B.W. Honeycutt Award -- a $1,000 prize and a summer internship at a top magazine in New York.
  
THIRD PLACE:  A $500 prize and a summer internship at a top magazine 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, but that is not guaranteed. However all Honorable Mentions will definitely be featured on the website and social media.
  
THE TOP 3 WINNERS will also be honored with an Award of Excellence and an invitation to SPD's Annual Awards Gala in May 2016 in New York City. 

ALL AWARD-WINNING WORK (including honorable mentions) will be showcased on our website/social media AND the top 3 will be printed in our PUB 51 Design Annual along with all the professional competition winners, providing you with exposure to the entire publication design industry for years to come.



THE JUDGES

  
As always, there is an impressive, amazing, 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. You never know, some may think your entry is awesome even though it doesn't make the final cut, and art directors don't forget work they like! 

  • Marti Golon  Art Director, Reader's Digest
  • Cybele Grandjean  Partner, Area of Practice
  • Michael McCormick  Design Director, Martha Stewart Weddings
  • Byron Regej  Freelance Art Director
  • Michael Schnaidt  Senior Art Director, Men's Health



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  
Have questions? Most likely someone's already asked the same thing. Check out some of the most popular questions and our answers here:



PREVIOUS WINNING ENTRIES

  
See the winning entries and comments and tips from their creators from previous years here:
  
2015       2014       2013        2012        2011        2010        2009        2008        2007



WANT SOME TIPS?

  
Be sure to check out the last page of the Call for Entries PDF for some great advice on what makes a good editorial spread. Also, check out more of our tips here:


ABOUT THAT INTERNSHIP YOU CAN WIN...

  
If you haven't noticed, our winners get internships at some pretty cool magazines ... and a lot of them go on to get real jobs because of it! Obviously the money, prizes and fame from winning are all 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 prize internship experiences:
And check out where some of our past winners have ended up AFTER the internships ... places like The New York Times Magazine, Wired, ESPN the Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine, their own design firms and more!


AFTER ALL THAT, YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS??? :)