Mark Your Calendars! 2013 Student Design Competition Entries Due March 4th

Mark Your Calendars! 2013 Student Design Competition Entries Due March 4th

Our annual Student Design Competition is an awesome opportunity for you to win internship, cash and prizes. We're sharing the categories and rules below to get those ideas flowing. 

Pick one of the following five topics and design a 2-spread story. We love original photography and illustration, so if you can incorporate that, even better (some categories even require it). And who says you only have to pick 1? Enter as many designs as you'd like.

Get all the rules and category details after the jump and look for the official rules and entry form PDF to be posted here in the coming weeks. And be sure to check our Facebook page for more updates.

Entertainment Magazine
This culture magazine targets the college student and the young professional interested in art, music and film. It features in-depth interviews, trends, as well as historical components.
HEADLINE: (Name of entertainer or artist)
DEK: finally opens up and tells how he/she/they plan(s) to stay
on top.
BYLINE: By Janet Marion
Design a two-spread story for this magazine that is a biography or interview. Think of ways to engage the reader possibly using timelines, charts or sidebars. You must create your own photography or illustrations for this category. Your topic does not have to be an actual person or group. If you choose an actual famous person or group, think of using illustration, photo-montage or typography to depict your subject.

City/Regional Magazine

This magazine is an established city/regional publication with attitude geared toward the young and independent city-dweller or traveler. It covers food, nightlife, and where to stay. If you need to know this place, this magazine is your source.
HEADLINE/DEK: The Insider's Guide: 10 places to eat, drink and hang out like a local in (Name of City)
BYLINE: By The Editors
Design a two-spread feature for this magazine. This story should be a round-up of ideas and things to do. Think about ways to incorporate sidebars and tips to make this a fun, easy design, accessible to the audience. Consider producing your own photography to give your design a fresh and creative approach to your city or region.

How-To... Magazine
This new hip and fun magazine for the young post-graduate has a broad topic reach on how to improve your home, life and career.
HEADLINE: (Fill in Blank) Like a Pro.
DEK: Follow these few simple steps to become a master.
BYLINE: By F. C. Williams
Design a two-spread feature in this magazine that gives a step-by-step how-to master the topic of your choice. You might want to include original illustrations, schematics and sidebars to make it easier to follow. Think of an innovative and fun way to approach your topic. You don't actually have to write the story, but use real text in display type.

Innovations Magazine

This cutting edge publication is for young, knowledgeable, creative entrepreneurs, who want to make people's lives and world a better and more livable place, while also striving to profit from their efforts.
HEADLINE: Game Changer(s)
DEK: (Blank) has made claims to rock your world... Will it?
BYLINE: By James Rodgers
Design a two-spread feature that covers a trend that would potentially affect the lifestyle of today. It could be a financial outlook, social or governmental project, or an innovative product or commodity. Think of creative ways to design and illustrate for your topic that will grab the attention of your reader.

Sports/Adventure Magazine
This publication is for the young adult interested in a variety of sports, from basketball to skateboarding, the Super Bowl to surfing competitions.
HEADLINE/DEK: (Name of sport/Activity): Extreme Rush or (Name of sport): The Thrill of It
BYLINE: By Jane Johnson
Design a two-spread feature of a sports figure or sport, amateur or professional, with an emphasis on lifestyle and attitude. You can highlight the athlete's prowess at their sport or focus on their style. The text does not have to begin on the first spread, but it certainly can. It doesn't have to be a real person. Consider producing your own photography to make your design unique.


1.  CHOOSE:  Select a project from one of the five categories listed above (also on the pdf ENTRY FORM available here).


2.  DESIGN:  Create the first 4 pages of a story (two spreads) on the project you choose. Each page measures 8"w x 10"h, so a spread is 16"w x 10"h. Original photography or illustration is required for one category and encouraged in the others. You may enter more than one design in the same or different categories. SPD Student Members get their first 3 entries for free -- you can choose the options above to join or renew if you need to. (You read that right: all current Student Members get free entries, a free Annual, free admission to events, and a huge discount on your first three years of professional membership after you graduate. You may want to be sure you check that out!)


3.  SUBMIT:  Either printed material or digital files as follows.

Printed Material: Full-size spreads, not reduced copies. DO NOT MOUNT THE WORK TO ANY TYPE OF BOARD. Tape a copy of your completed entry form to the BACK of each submission. Staple the spreads together in the upper left-hand corner. (Slides will NOT be accepted).

Digital PDFs: You must include your name in two places somewhere on each spread in 4pt type. Each file Must be named "First_Lastname.pdf" Entries should be full size spreads, print quality, 300 dpi, PDF files (all fonts embedded). Burn all submissions to a CD. It is ok to put multiple entries on one CD. Include a printed copy of the entry form for each entry. Mark clearly the name of the school & students' last name(s) on CD.


4.  SEND all entries with completed entry forms and payment or your PayPal receipt as proof of payment (pay online, it's easy!) to:

The Society of Publication Designers  
27 Union Square West, Suite 207
New York, NY 10003

Entries must be received before or on Monday, March 4, 2013, 5pm. Anything later will not be eligible as the judging process begins Tuesday, so plan some cushion time for yourself. There are NO EXTENSIONS.


Please read the instructions carefully and stay within the guidelines. SPD reserves the right to disqualify any miscategorized or incomplete entries.

Be sure to check out our past year's winners to see their winning entries and get some advice on how to create YOUR entries!
2012 Winners      2011 Winners      2010 Winners
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