Illustrators 59 Call for Entries

Join the premier showcase for illustrators! All accepted entries will be reproduced in full color in the Illustrators 59 annual and included in the exhibit at the Society of Illustrators, on display January 4 - February 25, 2017. A selection of 40 works will tour US colleges through February 2018, the 35th educational traveling exhibition.

Illustrators 59 Annual Book 59th Annual Exhibition Committee 
Josh Cochran, Chair
Julia Rothman, Assistant Chair
David Jien, Poster Art
Eric Hu, Poster Design 

All accepted entries will be reproduced in full color in the Illustrators 59 Annual. Complete credit will accompany the image, including title, media and artist’s and/or rep’s phone number(s). The Hanging/Publication fee of $90 non-members/$80 members is required for reproduction in the book, whether or not the work was displayed in the exhibition. 

Deadline for Entries: DEADLINE EXTENDED! October 27th at 11:59PM (EST)

Exhibition Dates

Uncommissioned, Institutional, Advertising: January 4 - January 28, 2017

Editorial and Book: February 3 - February 25, 2017

Galas and Award Presenations

Uncommissioned, Institutional, Advertising Gala: Friday, January 6, 2017

Editorial and Book Gala: Friday, February 3, 2017

Gold and Silver Medals will be presented to the illustrators and art directors whose works are judged the best in each category. Medals will be presented only if original art is available to hang in the exhibition. A high-quality print will qualify in case of digitally created work.

Any illustration created or initially published between October 1, 2015 and November 1, 2016 that has not been entered or accepted in the Annual previously, is eligible. International entries are welcome. Each submission will receive consideration by every member of the jury for its category. Please be certain that the original art will be available for exhibition and can remain at the Society from January through February 2017. High-quality prints will be hung in the case of digitally created art only. To enter work, please visit the competition website.

Specs for Upload:

Vertical images should be 72 dpi, jpeg, and can be up to 1000 px on the longest side.

Horizontal images should be 72 dpi, jpeg, and can be up to 1400 px on the longest side.

All commissioned work whether published or not, should be entered in one of the five categories: Editorial, Book, Advertising, Institutional, Uncommissioned. Participants who wish to submit a Series of images MUST enter their work in the appropriate category. A Series is any multi-image project for which a sequence of images is necessary to fully convey an idea or story. Participants will be able to submit 3 to 10 images per Series. Participants who wish to submit a Moving Image MUST enter their work in the appropriate category. A Moving Image is an animation used for commercial purposes such as tv or online advertisements, short or feature length movies, ebooks, apps. To enter this category, please submit a Youtube or Vimeo link. Gif files are also accepted.

Examples: work commissioned by newspapers or magazines, medical and scientific journals or online magazines.

Examples: all illustrations originally commissioned for use inside or on thecovers of hardbound and paperback books, including fiction and nonfiction; children’s and young adult literature and comic books. Promotional posters or advertisements depicting book art must be submitted in the book category. Self-published books should be entered in the Uncommissioned category.

Work created to sell a product, usually commissioned by an ad agency. Examples: consumer ads in magazines, newspapers, special supplements, television and web, billboards, point-of-purchase, theater posters. 

Work commissioned by an institution such as government services, in-house, or a corporation. Examples: work appearing on announcements, annual reports, calendars, corporate projects, government service projects, greeting cards, newsletters, in-house publications, philatelic work and collectibles, stamps, work promoting a transportation authority or parks department, and work promoting a gallery. 

This includes all self-generated work such as portfolio samples, sourcebook ads and uncommissioned stock that are currently unpublished except as promotion for the artist or artist's representative. Commissioned but un-published work appearing as self-promotion should be entered in the category for which the work was originally done. There will be no art directors or clients credited for uncommissioned works.

Entry Fees

Members: $20 per Single Image, $50 per Series up to five images ($5 for each additional image)

Non-Members: $35 per Single Image, $75 per Series up to five images ($5 for each additional image)

Illustration by David Jien