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Pastel 100

DEADLINE: August 5, 2019

Sponsored by Pastel Journal, America’s leading magazine devoted to pastel artists, this annual competition offers cash, prizes and publicity to its talented winners. Get rewarded for your finest work!

Winners will be featured in the April 2020 issue of Pastel Journal.

21st Annual Pastel 100




First Prize, Pastel Journal Founder’s Award in memory of Maggie Price

  • $5,000 CASH

Second Prize, Pastel Journal Award of Excellence

  • $2,500 CASH

Third Prize, Ruth Richeson Pastel GOLD Award

  • Pastels and Pastel surfaces from Jack Richeson and Company, valued over $1,500

Fourth Prize, Richeson Pastel SILVER Award

  • Pastels and Pastel surfaces from Jack Richeson and Company, valued over $1,000

Fifth Prize, Richeson Pastel BRONZE Award

  • Pastels and Pastel surfaces from Jack Richeson and Company, valued over $750

25 Category Prizes

  • 5 First Place Category Awards—$500 worth of Terry Ludwig Pastels
  • 5 Second Place Category Awards—$350 worth of Great American pastels
  • 5 Third Place Category Awards—$150 worth of Holbein pastels
  • 5 Fourth Place Category Awards—$100 worth of PanPastels
  • 5 Fifth Place Category Awards—$75 worth of UART pastel paper

All top prize winners and place winners will receive features in Pastel Journal (April 2020 issue).

70 Honorable Mentions will receive:

  • Image and information about each painting will be published in Pastel Journal

Categories and Jurors

Landscape + Interior: W. Truman Hosner

Portrait + Figure: Cuong Nguyen

Still Life + Floral: Kathy Hildebrandt

Animal + Wildlife: Yael Maimon

Abstract + Non-Objective: Colette Odya Smith

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 Watercolor Artist, these files should be 300 dpi when saved at approximately 8×10 inches, ideally, and 5×7 inches at minimum.

The contest is open to artists in the U.S. and abroad.

Work must be at least 80% soft pastel; no oil pastel. Nupastels and other “harder” pastels are considered soft pastels. All works must be original. 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. Employees or associates of F+W Media, Inc., Jack Richeson & Co. Inc., any sponsoring organization, or their immediate families may not enter. Pastel Journal reserves the right to reject work deemed unsuitable for publication or that does not meet above criteria. Work previously published in a national publication or receiving an award at a national-level exhibition at the time of submission to this contest is not eligible.

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

More Information

Preparing Your Competition Entry
Art Competitions FAQs

Pricing and Deadlines

Early-Bird Deadline: August 5, 2019

  • All entries—$30

Deadline: September 3, 2019

  • All entries—$35


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:

Pastel 100
10151 Carver Road, Suite 300
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 September 3, 2019. Payments made by check must deliver within 5 days of the final deadline.

All winners will be notified by October 31, 2019. The results will not otherwise be made public until they are published in Pastel Journal. 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.



21st Annual Pastel 100