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Spark has concluded the 2021 competition year. We thank you for your interest and participation. The next competitions will be our 16th annual awards, with the new schedule and deadlines beginning February 1. Until then, have a happy and healthy holiday season!
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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 Spring 2022 Student Call For Entry begins  February 1, ending in June. 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 2022 Spring Student Deadlines
Student Earlybird entry period Call For Entry: February 1. Earlybird ends: April 15
Standard deadline period begins April 16. Standard ends: May 31
Late deadline period begins June 1. Late and final deadline: June 17

The 2022 Pro Design Deadlines
These awards also begin February 1 and end in our traditional November/December 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: February 1. Earlybird ends June 1
Standard deadline period begins June 2. Standard ends: October 10
Late deadline period begins October 11. Late and final deadline: November 25

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