SPD AWARDS: All Information, All The Time

SPD AWARDS: All Information, All The Time

We're gearing up to celebrate the best work of the year, across all disciplines. Here's a quick list of deadlines and links to Call for Entries so you can mark your calendar, and get those interns to work!

Judging the best in editorial design, photography and illustration in print and digital. This competition is now open: Download the Call for Entries with all information, special categories and instructions, entry and payment forms here.

NEW! Early-bird deadline: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 (save $$!)
Standard deadline: Friday, January 13, 2012
Final, late deadline: Friday, January 20, 2012 (each entry accepted with an additional $10 late fee)

SPECIAL OFFER for International Entries: for the first time ever, SPD is proud to offer our International colleagues a 50% discount on their entries package. Use the special International Entry Form on page 8 of the Call for Entries pdf.

Winner notifications: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 (posted on SPD.org and mailed via postal mail to winners only; we regret that we cannot notify you if you have not been chosen as a winner)

Wonder who won last year? Pre-order copies of PUB 46 (a $60 value!) will be available here on December 5, 2011. Until then...
Download a copy of the complete list of Gold & Silver Medal Winners from PUB 46 here (PDF DOWNLOAD).
Download a copy of the complete list of Medal Finalists from PUB 46 here (PDF DOWNLOAD).
See the complete list of Merit Award Winners from PUB 46 here.


The static full-page illustration is no longer the standard of excellence. In both printed and digital publications, the most exciting illustration weaves its way into the fabric of the story, makes trends tangible, tells the deeper truth, communicates identities, and often wins the spotlight for itself.

SPOTS honors the illustrations that outshine all the others when the spotlight comes around.
This year you can enter your work as part of SPD's PUB 47 Competition, and all SPOTS entries will be judged by the same stellar group of judges that are curating the best in editorial illustration as part of the main competition.

Refer to this post for all details and information about previous winning SPOTS entries, the jury, and the winning work.


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 for our 2012 Student Design Competition can be downloaded here as of October 15, 2011, so check back soon! 

First and final deadline: Monday, March 5, 2012.
Refer to this post for all FAQs, a history of past winners, and entry advice, and good luck!

Our annual Student Photo Competition is a chance to begin your journey as a working photographer in the world of magazines -- being judged by the best in the field, getting access to mentors that will teach you how to get ahead, and ultimately competing with those image-makers that you currently look up to

First and final deadline: Monday, April 9, 2012.
Refer to this post for the rules, details and to download the entry form.
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