Spark has a two-phase process for entry fees. “Phase 1” consists of a basic registration fee, which all entrants pay to participate. These entries are then judged by the Spark Jury Chairs to select a shortlist of Finalist Candidates for the “Phase 2” live jury, which selects winners. There is a second fee for the shortlisted Finalist Candidates, which must be paid prior to the live jury sessions (before the deadline). Only the shortlisted Finalists pay this second fee. The shortlist will be announced on the Spark website home page and by email. Only Candidates who have paid their fee can be considered official Finalists.
The Spark Design Awards have three pricing tiers, (Early, Standard and Late) which vary depending on the award category. Click on the categories below to see their current fee levels.
Notes on Fees
The entry fees are established by the price list in effect at the time of registration. Entrant’s full payment, completed registration form, the design images, video and supporting documents must be received by the competition’s published closing date. This requirement is for all submissions. Entry fees may change without notice. However, entrants who have registered and paid their fee are guaranteed entry at their original fee.
If you feel that your design would be applicable in more than one category, Spark offers a 33% discount for each subsequent entry of the same design in a different category. For example, an electric car submission to Spark-E might also be great in Spark Transport. If you would like to take advantage of this discount, email Spark and we’ll provide you with a discount coupon code. (Note that this discount is only applicable to additional entries of the same design in a new category(s)– the primary submission is at full price.) (Not applicable to Student Design.)
This is a two-stage competition process. The first stage will entail an online entry submission of a fee, photo’s, video and descriptions of the design entry. These will be judged by the Spark jurors and a “shortlist” of Finalists chosen. Then for the second stage, the shortlisted Finalist entries will be judged by the live Spark Juries. This chooses the ultimate Spark Award Winners. Both stages have a specific entry fee, but only shortlisted entrants pay both fees. Note that an entry is not considered an official Finalist until the Finalist fee has been paid.
Note to educators and students: all student design must be entered in either the Spring or the Fall Student competitions. They include all design discipline categories, such as product design and graphics.
Basic Entry Fee Includes: Shortlist Jury review (selects Finalists) and an entry-specific Gallery Page at www.sparkawards.com (for remainder of current competition year);
Shortlisted Finalists Includes: Live Jury review of Finalists (selects Winners); Finalist PDF Certificate; Logo Rights and logo badge (upon request) .
Winners Receive: Basics above, plus inclusion in the Grand Winners Directory; Winners PDF Certificate; Logo Rights; General Press Release; Inclusion in Website Winners Gallery
Additional fee items below are completely optional and not required for an entry. (Winners Package is for Pro entries only. No Students, sorry!) If you are interested in any of these packages, please reach out to Spark on the contact page.
Optional Entry Packages
Printed Finalist & Winner Certificates – US $100 plus shipping (approximately: international- $100; USA- $20)
Winner’s Circle Package – US $1,500 (Winners only)
2022/2023 WCP Highlights:
- Inclusion in Home Page Rotation (One Year)
- Inclusion in the Grand Historical Winners Directory
- PDF Certificate
- Logo Rights
- General Press Release
- Inclusion in Website Entrant Gallery
- Inclusion in Website Winners Gallery
- Advanced Customer Service
- Five Laminated Spark 2022 Posters
- Five Printed Gold Foil Personalized Winner Certificates
- Five Country-Specific Winner Badges (Printed & Laminated, plus PDF)
- Press Release With Spark Commentary
- Spark Stickers
- Social Media Announcements (Instagram & Linked In)
- Inclusion in Spark YouTube Winner’s Playlist (Winner Provided Youtube Video)
- Series Entry At No Additional Charge (For 2023 Competitions)
- Fast-track Finalist Review (For 2023 Competitions)
- US $100-off discount coupon (usable for every 2023 Entry)