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Why should I enter the 3x3 International Illustration Awards Show?
Our show is considered to be one of the top three international shows for illustration. Unlike other shows we look beyond our borders to invite illustrators from all over the world. Our international panel of judges are some of the top design directors, art directors, graphic designers, editors and illustrators working today. Not only are your entries being seen by those who commission illustration, as a winner you’re exposure in our printed annual, online site and new eBook is invaluable. Art directors receive a free eBook and discounts on the printed Annual. Winners are promoted online, on social media and in print.
What areas of illustration are covered in the 3x3 Show?
Since 2003 we have offered a juried show for professional and student illustrators. Our three shows include the Professional Show, Picture Book Show and Student Show.
Who can enter the 3x3 Show?
Our show is open to all illustrators at all levels in all countries. In addition art directors, graphic designers, educators, editors and publishers may enter commissioned work by illustrators.
What are your categories?
Unlike any other show we have a multitude of categories. We feel it is more beneficial for illustrators to enter their work in specific categories as opposed to general categories. For example, instead of the broad Editorial category, we break ours down into specific uses i.e. portraits, sports, travel, food, lifestyle and conceptual. See our Call for Entries for a complete list of categories.
See our Call for Entriesfor a complete list of this year's categories.
Can I enter more than one show?
Yes as long as you meet the qualifications. As an example, you may enter a picture book in both our Picture Book Show and the Professional Show in the Book category. Or many times students enter not only the Student Show but also the unpublished category in our Professional and Picture Book shows.
Is there a limit to how many pieces I may enter?
No there is no limit.
How are the shows judged?
All judging is done digitally and independently over the span of two weeks. We've found there is undue influence when judging is done in person. All entries are anonymous; the judges only see an entry number, not a name. Judges can take as long as they like judging each category, however they do not communicate with the other judges. Each entry is judged either in or out and it takes a majority of judges’ votes to be accepted into any 3x3 Show. Honorable Mentions must receive at least half our judges’ votes.
What are the prizes?
Best of Show and Gold medal winners receive our distinctive 3x3x3-inch cube, Silver winners may select to receive a framed award; Bronze winners and distinctive merit are offered free embossed paper certificates. Merit and Honorable mention winners may request either a pdf or an embossed printed certificate.
All Winners will be featured in our printed annual, eBook and online; our Honorable Mentions, online. Winners receive discounts on purchasing either a print or digital edition of the annual. A free eBook will be sent to leading art directors and art buyers giving further exposure to all winners.
What are the criteria given to the judges?
We ask all judges to judge the work based on their experience in the field. All entries are anonymous; the judges only see an entry number, not a name. Judges don’t care at what point you are in your career—having a recognizable style is no guarantee your work will be accepted. The idea is king, an example of great work is paramount—our judges are looking for the one that makes you go, “I wish I had done that.”
Who are the judges?
Each year we name a show chair who is responsible for selecting our jury panel for each of our three shows. This year's show chair is Rod Hunt. See our Call for Entries for the names of this year's judges.
What are the judges looking for?
The judges are looking for fresh ideas that enlarge the scope of illustration, further the cause of making illustration relevant among a much larger group of art directors and art buyers. They’re looking for images that engage, that make us think, that make us appreciate more fully the craft of illustration.
What is 3x3 looking for?
We are looking for the next big thing that propels the industry forward, we are not looking backwards, we’re looking to the future. We’re celebrating those image-makers that are either on the brink of greatness or those who continue to prove themselves year after year.
Do the judges have a quota for this show?
There is no quota; we let the judges decide how many, or how few pieces are in each show.
Can I enter a piece in multiple categories?
Yes, however a separate entry form and entry fee must be submitted for each category.
If I’m a student, can I enter my senior thesis as a Series?
No. Please select individual images to enter as Single entries.
Can you explain what a Series is?
A Series entry must have a central consistent theme, i.e. editorial article, sequential comic, book. All series will be judged as a whole. In some cases it may be more prudent to enter Single entries from a Series either in addition to or in lieu of a series.
When is the deadline?
March 24, 2017. March 31, 2017, Midnight EST. Late fees apply.
Is there an extended deadline?
Yes. If you miss our March 24th deadline we will add a $10 late fee to each entry (Single or Series). Final deadline is March 31st; no entries will be accepted after midnight New York time on that date.
I’m having difficulty with entering my work, who do I contact?
Please contact us at email@example.com or contact us at +1 718 435 4047 during business hours, 10am-5:30pm, New York time.
What are the entry fees?
- Single Entry: $35
- Series Entry (3–5 images with same theme): $60
Picture Book Show Fees
- Single Entry: $35
- Series Entry (3–5 images with same theme): $60
Student Show Fees
- Single Entry: $15
- Series Entry (3–5 images with same theme): $35
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and PayPal. We also accept checks and money orders in US Funds.
I’m having difficulty paying for or uploading my entries, whom do I contact?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we will respond as quickly as possible. Your work will be accepted without penalties.
If I’m a winner what will you use for reproduction?
We will request hi-res RGB files for each winning entry. We will then convert those images given our specific printer’s CMYK specifications.
When will the winners be announced?
Ninety-days following the deadline of the show. All entrants will receive an email announcement of the winners; winners will be also posted on our web site and announced on social media.
Will I have a chance to update the credits for my winning pieces?
Yes, we will request hi-res files and final credits for all winning pieces.
Is there a publication fee?
Yes, there is a publication fee of $85/entry—whether it’s a Single or a Series winner—to help offset the design, production, printing, distribution of the annual and eBook. Student winners will not pay a publication fee.
Will I receive a copy of the Annual?
Unfortunately, due to the high cost of production and postage we can only offer a 33% discount on purchasing the Annual. You may also select a digital pdf or eBook edition to avoid the shipping cost. Student winners receive a freee copy.
When will the annual be produced?
The Annual will be produced and distributed in late 2017.
How is the Annual distributed?
The Annual is distributed worldwide through our US, Canadian and European distributors at leading newsstands and bookstores. We will also offer the complete Annual online in digital form as a pdf, as well as an enhanced eBook. eBooks are offered free of charge to art directors.
Will my winning pieces be shown online?
Yes, we will upload thumbnails of all winning images as soon as the Annual is distributed. There will be direct links to your site.
How will you promote my work to art directors?
We offer a complimentary enhanced eBook of the Annual to all art directors, which have direct links to your site. We also offer art directors a discount on the purchase of the print edition. There will be an online gallery of winners and announcements on social media and our site as well as press releases to the industry media.
Are there any other benefits to entering your show?
Winners will be invited to participate in our yearly 3x3 Illustration Directory, which is sent free to 6,000 art directors and art buyers in the United States. Along with an online gallery with links to your site and an eBook, this advertising vehicle goes a long way towards fulfilling our mission of attracting more attention to illustration. As a winner you receive a substantial discount for advertising in our Directory.
What’s so special about your Directory?
Unlike other directories, ours is curated; you must be invited to be in. Its small size means it's portable. We divide the book into separate categories making it easier for art directors to find what they're looking for. And we limit each illustrator to a single image that our research shows art directors appreciate.
What's the difference between the Annual and the Directory?
The Annual is a juried competition while the Directory is a curated book. The Directory is offered free to art directors in both print and eBook formats. The Annual eBook is free to art directors and they receive a discount on the print edition.