Beading contests 2016
End dates for submissions
February 26, 2016 Bead Dreams Bead and Button magazine
April 30, 2016 Fire Mountain Gems seed bead contest
June 10, 2016 Fashion Colorworks
September 1, 2016 International Bead Awards, Perlen Poesie- From Cubism to Art Deco
Tips for entering beading contests
These are things I like to keep in mind when working on a competition piece.
How to find contests- magazines, fb groups, google search
Identify which is right for you- price-some are free and some pricey
difficulty level- how comfortable you are with pushing yourself or entering just for the experience, or just for fun
competition- how many entries does the contest usually get
time period- how long are open dates, how close to end date you have, how much time can you work and how long has the competition been working
materials- seed beads or Swarovski or any kind of bead
Technique-weaving or stringing or embroidery
Judging- is it open for public vote as well?
Check put previous years entries and winners, design with stand out characteristics
Read the rules- make a hard copy, add notes
Make a checklist with key dates and requirements
Know the dates, double check end date for submissions periodically
If the contest with a midnight deadline is based in another country make sure to account for the time difference if waiting until the last day!
Know who the judges are, what their style is, what their colors and favorite beads are
Follow the rules -enter pictures the right size, the right way
Understand the theme
Originality, be different, do something to set yours apart from other entries- design new components or flowers, use different beads or unique focals
Who sponsors the contest- why? If to promote a certain bead, use that bead, blog about them, use product sponsors sell as accents- gemstones, cabs, clasps
Go for all the extra points- small size beads, vintage styles, whatever the theme be thorough,
Enter more than one category with different projects, or enter same category multiple times if allowed
Take clear pictures, and a lot of them. Choose the best layout and reshoot again, and again in different light also.
Don't show your project before contest finalists announced, unless it is allowed or encouraged
Allow enough time to finish, but work until last minute if need be.
Take photos day after finishing to be more objective, distanced, steady.
Take notes, photos write down thoughts during process of creating piece.
Things to keep in mind
Don't be discouraged, bead and design for the challenge of the theme or completion date and learn from each piece- try to do something new to you, a technique you haven't tried or a color you don't use. That way you are pushing yourself to try new things, also your work is growing and evolving from the process.