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AcrylicWorks 7


Winning art will be featured in North Light Books’ hardbound showcase of the best in contemporary acrylic. North Light Books will showcase the best of the best in a variety of styles and subjects.

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All winners will appear in the seventh edition of AcrylicWorks.

It starts with a sparkle of light—the expressive way a shadow maps out a face, or the brilliant shades of green on spring trees. Color and light surround us, and in painting they can be used to represent ideas, convey mood and express emotion. As artists, color and light can help us tell stories and evoke memories. These are the moments that turn ordinary subjects into powerful inspiration, and—when handled with skill and passion—a painting into a masterpiece.

For the AcrylicWorks 7 competition, we are looking for excellence in acrylic painting in a variety of styles and subjects. The dominant medium must be acrylic, but some minor use of other media is acceptable. If selected, you will be asked to write about your painting in relation to the theme Color & Light. This could be interpreted through your creative or technical process, materials and/or artistic inspiration.

How to Enter

You must enter online. All entries must be submitted as digital files. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.

Image requirements for entries: JPG files (Please try to keep the file size under 5 MB to ensure proper uploading). The viewing screen & thumbnail which you will see during the entry process is for general reference only and does not reflect the image quality that will be viewed by jurors. The file that you attach is exactly as it will appear to the jurors.

All entrants should be prepared to be able to send a hi-resolution print-quality replacement file should their entry be among those selected as a winner. For publication these files should be 300 dpi when saved at approximately 8×10 inches (2400×3600 pixels), ideally, and 5×7 inches (1500×2100 pixels) at minimum.

Winners will be asked to provide specific written information about their selected piece(s). This written information, in order to be accepted, will have to be provided electronically via e-mail. Winners will also be required to submit a high-resolution TIFF or JPG file (CMYK format/300dpi) for the work(s) to be published.

The competition is open to artists anywhere in the world. All works must be original. Compositions based on published material or other artists’ work are NOT considered original and are not eligible. Employees of F+W Media, Inc., and their immediate families, are not eligible. North Light reserves the right to reject work deemed unsuitable for publication or that does not meet above criteria.

Due to SEC restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, Sudan or North Korea.


Pricing and Deadlines

Early-Bird Deadline: February 1, 2019

  • First entry—$30
  • Each additional entry—$25

Deadline: March 1, 2019

  • First entry—$35
  • Each additional entry—$30

Extended Deadline: March 29, 2019

First entry—$35
Each additional entry—$30

All deadlines are at 11:59 PM EST, on the specified date.

The deadline at which time you are entering, is also the date that all related materials (when applicable) must be shipped. Payments by check must deliver within 5 days of the current posted entry deadline, as listed on the website at the time of your submission.

Shipping address for payments:

(Competition Name)
Payment Center
10151 Carver Road, Suite 300
Blue Ash, OH 45242

Judging and Notification

  • Entries will be prejudged and then finalists will be chosen by the editorial staff of North Light Books. All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged. The decision of the jurors is final.
  • Entries must be submitted online (11:59 pm EST) by March 29, 2019. Payments made by check must deliver within 5 days of the final deadline.
  • The following are not permitted to enter the contest: employees of F+W, a Content and eCommerce Company, and their immediate family members.
  • All winners will be notified by June 28, 2019. The results will not otherwise be made public until they are published on our website. Non-winning entrants will not be individually notified of the results. Your cancelled check or credit-card charge will be notification for receipt of your entry.