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The Society of Publication Designers (SPD) 56th Competition

The Society of Publication Designers (SPD) is calling for entries to their 56th annual competition that recognizes and promotes the best in editorial design, photography and illustration.

With thousands of entries worldwide, SPD’s annual competition is the largest in the world. Judged by a jury of leading creatives, the show produces a unique overview of the year’s best work across print and digital.

Winning entries will be presented in the SPD 56 online awards in June 2021. Brand Of The Year, Magazine Of The Year, Website Of The Year and Video Of The Year are some of the highlighted awards that will be announced.

SPD welcomes entries from a diverse range of consumer print publications, newspapers, independent magazines, custom-published magazines, trade and educational magazines; as well as their mobile and web platforms. If you are a digital-only magazine, you will find a variety of categories to show off your innovative design as well.

  • Print — Editorial publications of any genre, including all newsstand publications, newspapers, newspaper magazines, trade, custom publishing, educational/ institutional, special interest publications, and Independent/Self-Published Magazines (with a circulation under 20,000 are eligible). All entries submitted in the competition must be published and dated 2020; this includes magazines with a split date 2020/2021. (Please note: 2019/2020 issues are not eligible.)
  • Digital & Video — Websites and other digital publications containing dynamic or regularly updated editorial content including text, pictures, video, audio, animation or a combination. Entries may be affiliated with a print magazine, but are not required to be. Websites must be live to the public, and not demos or private betas.

The winning entries will be listed on the SPD website, mid-March 2021.

Singe 1965, SPD’s competition has yielded hundreds of thousands of entries from around the world.

SPD 56 Editorial Creative Competition – Entry Fees

  • Standard Deadline (15th January 2021)
    • $50 for members
    • $100 for non-members
  • Late Deadline (29th January 2021)
    • $60 for members
    • $120 for non-members