program image

Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition

DEADLINE: Early Bird: April 2, 2020

Artists Magazine’s Annual Art Competition wants to honor your most outstanding work. If your art is deserving of being celebrated in the pages of Artists Magazine, this competition is for you! $24,000 in cash prizes plus publication in Artists Magazine.

Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition




  • 5 First Place Awards: $2,500 each
  • 5 Second Place Awards: $1,250 each
  • 5 Third Place Awards: $750 each
  • 15 Honorable Mentions: $100 each
  • Winners’ names and work will be featured in the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of Artists Magazine

STUDENT PRIZES (see eligibility requirements)

  • 5 First Place Awards: free subscription to Artists Network TV for 1 year ($199 value)+ two free on-demand art courses
  • 5 Second Place Awards: free subscription to Artists Network TV for 1 year ($199 value) + one free on-demand art course
  • 5 Third Place Awards: free subscription to Artists Network TV for 1 year ($199 value)
  • Winners’ names and work will be featured in the December 2020 issue of Artists Magazine

Categories and Jurors


  • Portrait and figure entries can be individuals or groups, and will be judged on expressiveness and draftsmanship.
  • Juror: Sally Strand —

Still Life/Interior

  • Entries will be judged on overall design, unique arrangement of subject matter, handling of medium, lighting and mood.
  • Juror: Jeffery T. Larson —


  • Any landscape, from city scenes to imaginary horizons, will be judged on the creative use of form, space, lighting and mood.
  • Juror: Liz Haywood-Sullivan —


  • With unlimited subject matter, entries will be judged on creative use of design, texture, media, lighting or special techniques.
  • Juror: Katherine Chang Liu —


  • Any animal in any setting is fair game for this category. Entries will be judged on the innovative handling of the subject, the expression and rendering.
  • Juror: Greg Beecham —

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 in Artists Magazine, 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.

Student Category Eligibility: Student/beginner entrants must be at least 16 years old – there is no maximum age requirement. They may not have been enrolled in a post-high school art program for more than six years and may not have pursued art on their own or in workshops/lessons for more than six years.

The competition is open to artists anywhere in the world working in traditional media. Only two-dimensional, original artwork, conceived and created by the entrant, will be considered. Two-dimensional means that a mixed media cannot exceed an inch in depth.

Compositions based on published material or other artists’ work are NOT considered original and are not eligible. Paintings executed in a workshop under another artist‘s supervision or paintings based on another person’s photograph (even if it’s copyright-free) are NOT eligible.

Media includes: Oil, oil pastel, soft pastel, charcoal, graphite, ink, colored pencil, watercolor, casein, gouache, acrylic, digital art, mixed media (all water media or oil based media); silver or other metal point, collage; mixed media collage; handmade paper; wax and other crayons on paper or board; printmaking (etching, mezzotint, lithography, woodcut, monotype, mono print, aquatint).Photography, with the exception of minor elements incorporated in a collage, will not be considered. Sculpture will not be considered.

Employees of Peak Media Properties LLC and their immediate families are not eligible. Golden Peak Media reserves the right to reject work deemed unsuitable for publication or that does not meet above criteria.

Due to U.S. Government restrictions, we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea.

For more information about Artists Network competitions, please see:

Pricing and Deadlines

Early-Bird Deadline: April 2, 2020

  • Regular Division—$35 per image
  • Student/Beginner Division—$15 per image

Deadline: May 1, 2020

  • Regular Division—$40 per image
  • Student/Beginner Division—$20 per image

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. Mailed in entries/materials must deliver within 5 days of the current posted entry deadline, at listed on the website at the time of your submission. For proof of delivery, please track your package with your shipper – we are not able to confirm individual deliveries. Mailed in entries can take up to 30 days (after the entry deadline) to process.

Shipping address for mailed in entries and/or payments:

(Competition Name)
9912 Carver Road
Blue Ash, OH 45242

Judging and Notification

Entries will be prejudged and then finalists will be chosen by the magazine staff. Award winners and honorable mentions will be selected by the jurors named on the competition main page. All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged. The decision of the jurors is final. The jurors reserve the right to re-categorize entries.

Entries must be submitted online (11:59 pm EST) by May 1, 2020; all mailed payments should deliver within 5 days of the final deadline.

All winners will be notified by July 31, 2020. The results will not otherwise be made public until they are published in Artists Magazine. 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.

Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition