Format Picks is our monthly contest series. Launched in February 2018, it’s an open call for creative work of all kinds, always free to enter. At the beginning of every month, we’ll announce a new theme for you to interpret.
July’s contest theme
This month, the theme for Format Picks is: print’s not dead.
Even though we’re a thoroughly online publication, we still believe in the importance of artists creating printed work and sharing it on the internet. We want to see creative work that explores this idea, whether it’s a collage that repurposes old magazines, a 35mm photograph, a page from your sketchbook, your interpretation of a favorite book, or a font you’ve designed.
Your submission doesn’t need to actually be printed or created using paper. It just needs to reference this theme in some way, whether that’s through the form or content of your work (or both!). Your submission can explore the history of print, or it can challenge the idea that print is still surviving by imagining an all-digital future.
What to submit
You can submit work in the form of photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, GIF, digital illustration, or any other visual medium you choose. Entry is limited to one image per person. If you submit more than one image, only the first one you submit will be considered a valid entry.
Images should preferably be a minimum of 1200 pixels wide and 72 dpi resolution. JPG or PNG files are best. Please include your first and last name in the file name of your submission.
Your submission should also include a brief statement on how your work relates to the theme.
If you’ve always wanted to print your own magazine or zine, now’s your chance.
This month, we’re offering one winner the chance to see their work in print, courtesy of our friends Newspaper Club. Newspaper Club is an online service that makes it easy to make and print a newspaper, with a selection of different sizes from big broadsheets to mini zines. Newspaper Club is offering $500 worth of print services to the winner, which can be used to create any newsprint-based project they like.
The winner will also be highlighted in a Format Magazine article, and will have their completed print project showcased on the magazine as well.
How to submit
Click the link below and fill out the form to submit your work. The deadline for entries is July 31st, 11:59 pm EDT. Good luck!