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Join before you enter the competition to take advantage of member benefits, including discounted entry fees. Please contact email@example.com if you have questions about your membership status or login information.
Is the competition only for members?
Anyone can enter. First, an AIGA account is required. Creating an AIGA account is free and easy.
- Joining AIGA is an option during the two-step process, simply continue when prompted to become a member. Then log out to reset your cart.
- To opt-out of the join process once you've created your account, simply close the tab and return to the competition page to login and continue with the credentials you've just created.
I think I'm a member, but I am getting the nonmember rate.
Please confirm your membership has not recently lapsed. You may be up for renewal and need to reinstate your membership before you begin. Please login to my.aiga.org to confirm your member status. Or search the Member Directory to confirm if a colleague has an active membership (Note: names of members in good standing will only appear if they have selected the directory option). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about your membership status.
Why am I being charged nonmember fees?
The competition system looks at your member type when you login to determine the correct fees. If you decide to join or renew in mid-cart, you must log out to reset the fees. See below for more information.
The member fee is not showing after I join/renew my membership. How do I update the entry fees in my cart?
First, save your work! To update your cart, please log out of the competition system and also log out of my.aiga.org. This will reset your account. Then, login again to refresh your member settings and your cart. If this does not refresh your cart, please contact email@example.com. It is possible that you may have a duplicate account, and we will need to merge them in order for you to continue.
If I am entering a book, do I also have to complete the online form and upload images?
Yes. The online form must be completed for all entries. The images and descriptions will be used to promote entries in the Entry Gallery, and if selelcted by the jurors, in the Winners Gallery when the best of 2021 are announced.
Are international entries eligible?
Yes. International entries are eligible. In order for the jury to understand the content and context, entries in the "Book" or " Book and Cover" category that are published in languages other than English must include an English-language counterpart—this can be a previously published book or a bilingual book. Non-English entries in the "Cover" cateogry must include a translation of the title and a U.S.-accessible ISBN or purchasing URL.
Is my book or cover eligible?
All work must be published between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. Entries should be for sale to the general public in the marketplace, or, if offered gratis, should not be publications whose primary purpose is to advertise or serve as an annual report or other corporate literature. See more at deadlines and eligibility plus terms and conditions.
What does “Book and Cover” category mean?
“Book and Cover” category means the jurors will review the work once in the Cover category and again in the Book category. If selecting Book and Cover, please be sure to include interior shots. If you only want the jurors to consider the cover, please select Cover.
What does “no background (silhouetted)” mean?
The primary image will appear as the thumbnail in the online galleries. We’d like to standardize images to the extent possible.
The preference is a straight-ahead shot with either no background (image is the exact dimensions of the book). It works best for Covers in the online gallery. We will also accept a photograph of the cover of the book on a solid white background.
For Books, it can be helpful to photograph the book on a solid white background to give the object some dimension. Supporting images and video will also accomplish this.
Below are some examples:
Cover with no background (silhouetted):
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Book and Cover series with solid white background:
Book with solid white background:
Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexico Revisit Orozco
Claus Porto – 130 Years
Michelangelo Pistoletto: The Minus Objects
What do entry fees cover?
There are three deadlines and member discounts to create multiple pathways for participation while also covering the costs of producing a competition at this scale, including: admin, marketing and communications, platform fees, designer fees, and more.
AIGA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. As the largest contemporary membership association for design, AIGA connects and builds community through awards, advocacy, education, research, writing, and resources for every career stage. All entry fees support AIGA‘s programs and move our mission forward.
We bring free or discounted programs to our community of members. AIGA offers financial assistance for events and education through professional development credits and academic scholarships to increase access to learning.
When will the results be announced?
Only entrants with work(s) selected by the jurors will be notified of inclusion in this year’s competition. If selected by the jurors, notification emails will be sent to winning entrants in May 2022. The results of this year’s competition will be publicly announced in June 2022.
How will juror selections be recognized?
Juror selections will be published in a collection on the competition website and shared across AIGA channels. Recognition includes:
- Showcase in the online Winners Gallery;
- Official press release distributed to leading industry outlets and media providers;
- Official digital assets, including competition logo for winners to self-promote;
- Coverage on AIGA social media channels;
- Coverage in AIGA newsletters;
- Inclusion in the AIGA collection at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University's Butler Library.