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SPD 2013 Student Design Competition Entries

The Society of Publication Designers (SPD)

Ends Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EST)

SPD 2013 Student Design Competition Entries

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
SPD Student Member (current members = first 3 entries FREE!)   more info Ended Free $0.00
New or Renewing SPD TRI-STATE AREA Student Membership + 3 FREE entries + PUB 48 Annual!   more info Ended $50.00 $0.00
New or Renewing SPD NON-TRI-STATE Student Membership + 3 FREE entries + PUB 48 Annual!   more info Ended $40.00 $0.00
Just Entry Fees   more info Ended $10.00 $0.00

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The annual SPD Student Design Competition fields hundreds of entries from an increasingly competitive array of accredited schools, and is open to any undergraduate student. The top three winners receive a cash prize ($2,500 First Place, $1,000 Second Place and $500 Third Place) and Adobe software, as well as, along with the top runners-up, summer internships.

And we all know: Internships lead to jobs.

Now, the prizes are good, but there are other reasons you should enter:

1.  You get your work in front of an awesome panel of judges, comprised of some of the top talent in the magazine design world. The truth of this industry is, the more people who see your work and love it, the better your chances of getting hired. Let your work be seen!

2.  Aside from the little old internship, Adobe® software and cash prizes, there's fame and glory to be found on our blog and in our SPD Annual (Pub 48). If you're not aware of our Annuals yet, you can get a few here, and you'll find that for magazine designers and photo editors, they are essential resources. Getting into that essential resource this early in your career is a very good thing.


For complete details, FAQs, tips and more, check out our informational blog post here:


Download it, open, and get to work!

And for more help and advice, keep an eye on our blog and Facebook page.



1.  CHOOSE:  Select a project from one of the five categories listed above (also on the pdf ENTRY FORM available here).


2.  DESIGN:  Create the first 4 pages of a story (two spreads) on the project you choose. Each page measures 8"w x 10"h, so a spread is 16"w x 10"h. Original photography or illustration is required for one category and encouraged in the others. You may enter more than one design in the same or different categories.

Remember SPD Student Members get their first 3 entries for free -- you can choose the options above to join or renew if you need to. (You read that right: all current Student Members get free entries, a free Annual, free admission to events, and a huge discount on your first three years of professional membership after you graduate. You may want to be sure you check that out!)


3.  SUBMIT:  Either printed material or digital files as follows.

Printed Material: Full-size spreads, not reduced copies. DO NOT MOUNT THE WORK TO ANY TYPE OF BOARD. Tape a copy of your completed entry form to the BACK of each submission. Staple the spreads together in the upper left-hand corner. (Slides will NOT be accepted).

Digital PDFs: You must include your name in two places somewhere on each spread in 4pt type. Each file Must be named "First_Lastname.pdf" Entries should be full size spreads, print quality, 300 dpi, PDF files (all fonts embedded). Burn all submissions to a CD. It is ok to put multiple entries on one CD. Include a printed copy of the entry form for each entry. Mark clearly the name of the school & students' last name(s) on CD.


4.  SEND all entries with your PayPal receipt from this payment form as proof of payment to:

The Society of Publication Designers  
27 Union Square West, Suite 207
New York, NY 10003

Entries must be received before or on Monday, March 4, 2013, 5pm. Anything later will not be eligible as the judging process begins Tuesday, so plan some cushion time for yourself. There are NO EXTENSIONS.


Please read the instructions carefully and stay within the guidelines. SPD reserves the right to disqualify any miscategorized or incomplete entries.


Have questions about SPD 2013 Student Design Competition Entries? Contact The Society of Publication Designers (SPD)

When & Where

Entries due to: SPD HQ (mail@spd.org)
27 Union Square West, Suite 207
New York, NY 10003

Ends Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 5:00 PM (EST)

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The Society of Publication Designers (SPD)

First and foremost, SPD is a membership organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging excellence in editorial design across all print and digital platforms.

Our members are art directors, designers, photo editors, photographers, illustrators and information graphics professionals, editors and students. Since drafting its charter in 1965, SPD remains the only organization specifically addressing the visual concerns of print and digital editorial professionals, whether that be journalism, storytelling, service or more. Editorial design plays a crucial role in shaping and documenting our common history; as such, the efforts of the Society serve to educate and enlighten our members, their fans, and the general public about the importance of magazines.

We love magazines and the people who make them, however they’re printed, called-up on your screen, or ported on your iPad.

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