Having your drawings published, particularly in noteworthy books on drawing, is an excellent way to expose your artwork to new audiences, make connections with new organizations, add to your CV, and even win some prize money!
Here are five excellent publications and magazines to submit your
The International Drawing Annual
The International Drawing Annual is a peer-juried exhibition-in-print of recent contemporary drawing, published by the non-profit Manifest Press in Cincinnati, Ohio.
This unique book investigates the question, "What is drawing?" and welcomes various drawing styles, from the most academic and representational to the most abstract and experimental.
The INDA is a beautiful, full color, 10" x 9" publication that includes well over 100 works on average. It has been awarded silver and bronze medals from the Independent Publishers Association in NYC (for which other major arts institutions such as the Whitney Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art have competed.) In addition to possibly being published in the award-winning
publication, cash prizes are awarded for the drawings that place first, second
Deadline: December 31, annually.
Accepted media: Completely open!
To learn more about the International Drawing Annual, view previous issues online and submit your drawings visit: http://www.manifestgallery.org/nda/
Strokes of Genius
Published by North Light Books, Strokes of Genius is a beautiful hardcover book featuring works of contemporary representational drawing.
The book has a new theme every year, such as “Depth, Dimension and Space”, “Exploring Line”, “Design and Composition”, and “Expressive Texture”.
From quick contour sketches to carefully rendered drawings, Strokes
of Genius aims to showcase the best of representational contemporary drawing in
a variety of styles and subjects.
Deadline: Currently closed. Submissions for Strokes of Genius 9 open in November.
Accepted media: Any dry medium that would traditionally be considered drawing. What does this mean? Pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, conte crayon, silverpoint, colored pencil, pastel and potentially even paint, if it is used in a linear or sketchy way.
Visit the Artists' Network for the complete information and entry form:
PoetsArtists combines artwork and poetry in an online and print-on-demand publication. PA invites various curators (who are artists themselves, art historians or independent curators) to select the theme and artwork for their issues of the publication. This makes for an upbeat and ever-changing periodical, showcasing diverse talent of both emerging and established artists.
The themes of some of the previous issues of the magazine have been “Destroying the Figure in the 21st Century”, “From Motion to Stillness”, “Realism” and “Heightened Perceptions”, all curated by various art professionals.
While PoetsArtists is not specifically a drawing
publication, certain issues have had a drawing theme, such as “The Power of
Drawing” curated by Steven Daluz in 2014. Other issues, depending on their
themes, often feature drawings as well.
Deadline: Since PoetsArtists is published from six to eight times a year, it has different deadlines for its various curated issues. Please check the PoetsArtists website for details.
Accepted Media: This is dependent on the requirements of the particular issue that you submit your work to. Please check the PoetsArtists website for details.
Visit the PoetsArtists website to view upcoming issues and deadlines, and to submit your work:
via the Shades of Gray Competition
Chances are that you have seen and flipped through Drawing Magazine at your local bookstore. If you have ever secretly pictured your own drawings in this widely known publication, here is your chance to win recognition and have your work featured in this popular magazine.
Drawing Magazine holds an annual drawing competition called the Shades of Gray. Winners are awarded cash prizes, a one-year subscription to Drawing and, of course, have their artwork published in the magazine.
Deadline: Passed. The 2015 deadline was in early October.
Accepted media: The competition is open to all work created entirely in black, white and gray media.
For the complete information about the Shades of Gray Competition, please visit:
The Artist's Magazine
via the All-Media Art Competition
The Artist’s Magazine is another journal that you may have picked up at your local Barnes & Noble. Full of informative articles about painting and drawing, the magazine aims to teach readers the fundamentals of art making, present painting and drawing techniques, answer technical questions and offer business advice.
Enter your work in the All-Media Art Competition for a chance to be published in the summer issue of The Artist’s Magazine. In addition, prize winners will receive complimentary subscriptions to the magazine, gift certificates towards the purchase of North Light Books, and cash prizes.
Deadline: October 15, 2015!
Accepted Media: The various categories of this competition accept different media. For example, categories accepting drawing media include "Pastel", "Colored Pencil", and "Graphite, charcoal, ink & scratchboard".
For complete information about the All-Media Art Competition, visit the competition webpage at:
Please note …
These magazines, competitions and books on drawing are not
affiliated with The Drawing Source. This page is meant to inform readers of potential opportunities. Before submitting artwork to any of these publications, please be
sure to read the rules and guidelines on
their respective websites carefully. While I will do my best to keep this
page up to date, it is the information on the websites of the publications/magazines
that should be considered accurate and followed carefully.
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