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Deadlines

As Spark returns in 2021, we have several sets of deadlines and juries. Spark is unusual in that there are different deadlines and categories throughout the year, instead of a single entry period/deadline. We do this to spread out the workload for our team and to have juries and events in both the US and Asia. We also make sure to match our student competitions to the spring semester and fall semester graduations. Early entrants benefit from lower pricing and longer exposure and promotion in the Spark Galleries. Highly recommended! (Note: All dates subject to change.)

The Next Student Design Awards
The Fall/Winter 2021 Student Call For Entry begins July 1, ending November 25. This international competition is open to any current University-level (or above) student, in any design category. All student design must be entered in either the Spring or the Fall Student competitions. Entries may be submitted from any time period of the student’s study (could be a piece from last year, for example).

The 2021 Fall/Winter Student Deadlines
Student Earlybird entry period Call For Entry: july 1. Earlybird ends: September 1
Standard deadline period begins September 2. Standard ends: November 14
Late deadline period begins November 15. Late and final deadline: November 25

The 2021 Pro Design Deadlines
These awards also begin January 15 and end in our traditional November juries. The long lead time offers ample exposure on our website and media, so jump in—the water’s fine! The “Pro” categories are open to working professional-level designers and their organizations (no students).

Pro Earlybird entry period Call For Entry: January 15. Earlybird ends May 31
Standard deadline period begins June 1. Standard ends: October 10
Late deadline period begins October 11. Late and final deadline: November 19

Pro Categories include:
Product & Industrial Design
Spaces Design

Health, Medical & Universal Design
Graphic Design

Transport & Mobility Design
Concept Pro Professional Designers In All Disciplines
Experience & Service Design Professional Designers In All Disciplines
Digital Design Professional Designers In All Disciplines
CleanTech Design
Professional Designers In All Disciplines
Package Design