Before You Enter Art Contests & Competitions, Read This

For painters, draftsmen, and mixed media artists, entering art contests and art competitions is a crucial way to gain exposure for artwork, elevating the artist’s visibility in the art world, and usually increasing their confidence in their art. But when you enter an art contest, the reality is that you are one among many. A call for artists usually has a wide reach and many artists across the country and across the world will be alongside you when it comes to submitting work. So how do you approach an art competition from a practical standpoint? How do you make your work stand out in the drawing competitions, painting competitions, and online art competitions you enter?

Those are the questions we help you answer in this free ebook. In it, you’ll find a guide to entering art competitions plus how the winners of many fine art competitions approach entering art contests and what they say about their work and how they work to gain visibility.

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So what’s inside?

Artists contests can be a great tool for an experienced artist looking to increase their audience as well as a good teaching tool for artists just starting out, and with our free guide, you’ll be able to make the most of art competitions no matter your level of expertise in art-making.

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A Guide to Entering
Online Art Competitions

In the first chapter of Call for Artists, the nuts and bolts of art contests and free art competitions are discussed:

-The kinds of art contests that are out there, from free art competitions to those that have fees, contests that are media specific and those that have an open call for entries.

-Where to find art contests and other art competition listings.

-What kind of things to watch out for when looking into entering an art contest, including fees, shipping costs, insurance, and how to submit images.

-Tools that can help you manage and track your submissions to all the drawing competitions and painting competitions you are interested in.

Inspiration for drawing compeititon topics here!

Inspiration for Topics for Drawing Competition Entries from Drawing Magazine Cover Competition Winners

Hear directly from winners of illustration competitions on what it is about their work that stands out and appealed to judges of their art competitions as well as tips from the artists themselves about process and the painting and drawing techniques they use.


-Winners of these art competitions discuss their content—the stories they are telling in their work that caught the interest of the judges of their drawing competitions.

-How the artists approach their chosen media, from charcoal and graphite to pen and ink and more.

-What makes the winning entries of the Drawing Magazine’s cover art competitions work from a compositional standpoint

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Tips & Techniques from the Winners of The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition

Get insight from winners of The Artist’s Magazine’s painting competitions, dealing with all kinds of subject matters and varied approaches in technique.

-Painting competition winners delve into their narratives and the background for their work, and how it resonates with judges of the artist contents they participate in.

-Art competition winners discuss how they work, from start to finish, as well as the unique techniques that may have propelled their work to stand out in the painting competitions they are in.

-Seeing a wide range of winners of the painting competitions to give you a sense of the variety and technical level judges of the art competitions are looking for.

Discover Tips from Art Contest Winners for Making Your Work Stand Out Among the Rest

The content is focused on giving you a sense of what you should look out for in every art contest that you consider as well as how to manage the details of all the fine art competitions you enter, plus you hear directly from artists who have won painting competitions and drawing competitions, so that you can learn from their insights into art contests and make informed decisions on how to approach art competitions from now on.


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