Entry Fees

Revolution Electricity Generating Door, by Fluxxlab

Fee Structure
For 2015 Spark has turned its fee structure upside down. In prior years the largest fee was in Phase 1 for basic registration. This year we have greatly lowered the basic fee, and increased the Phase 2, Finalist fee. This will help acquaint a larger group of designers with the Spark Community and brand, and grow our Awards. Please note that the total fees are basically the same as 2014 levels; they are simply distributed differently.

Spark works hard to provide the best value of any of the major international design awards, as well as having the most modern competition criteria. To widen the entrant field, and keep the competition as open to as many designers as possible, we have a low initial entry fee, then a Phase 2 fee for finalists, and later, a Winners Circle service charge for winners. Thus, only those who participate–and benefit the most, pay the complete fees. Those who participate less, pay less.

We usually have lower fees than the other major design awards—in many comparisons Spark is less than half the cost of those competitions, when all their fees are added up. We urge all designers to research and inform themselves about these facts.

Important Note: Please read this before submitting work.
This competition, like many others in the design fields, has a three-part entry fee system. There is the initial registration fee (we call it the Phase 1 fee); then, if the entry is chosen to be a Finalist, there a second charge, the Finalist fee (Phase 2 fee). Only Finalists pay this. Finally, if you are chosen as a winner (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Spark!), there is the Winners Circle Service Charge.

These fees are mandatory for all participants reaching the Finalist and Winner levels. If you enter the competitions, these are the rules and by entering, you agree to abide by them. If you do not understand, please contact Spark and we’ll be happy to explain in detail.

Student Entry
1. Phase 1 General Entry Fee
Early: US$45
Standard: US$70
Late: US$85

2. Phase 2 Finalist Second Round Fee
(Only if entrant is chosen as a Finalist): US$125

3. Winners Circle Service Charge*
(Only if entry is a Winner): US$150

4. Series or Campaign Fee
Multiple, related entries, like a family of kitchen appliances, may be submitted with a single registration. The series fee is an additional US$50 one-time surcharge, for any number of additional pieces.

Professional Entry
1. Phase 1 General Entry Fee
Early: US$95
Standard: US$120
Late: US$195

2. Phase 2 Finalist Second Round Fee
(Only if entry is chosen as a Finalist): US$375

3. Winners Circle Service Charge*
(Only if entry is a Winner): US$275

Official Winner Benefits include: Exhibition(s), Logo Usage Rights, Winners Certificate PDF, Online Gallery, Inclusion in E-Yearbook, Publicity and Awards Celebration.

4. Series or Campaign Fee
Multiple, related entries, like a family of kitchen appliances, may be submitted with a single registration. The series fee is an additional US$150 one-time surcharge, for any number of additional pieces.

Payment Method
Payments are made directly to our secure online registration page. We accept the following credit cards: VISA Mastercard, JCB, Diners Club and Discover.  In special circumstances, Spark can also take payment via Paypal and bank wire with their standard service charges and by check (USA checks only).

All dates and fees subject to change. Fees are due upon registration or upon notification of Finalist or Winner status. Refunds are available, up to 6 weeks prior to deadline.

* Please note: the Winners Circle Service Charge is not optional. It is an important part of competition funding and all winners are obligated to pay it. If you enter the competition, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of the event, which include this fee. Only those firms and individuals who pay their fees are considered Official Spark Winners.