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Publication Competition Categories

Judges will have the discretion to move a designated entry into the most appropriate entry category. All entries are automatically eligible for the Frances Smyth-Ravenel Prize for Excellence in Publication Design, which recognizes the “best of show.” In 2021, submissions will be considered in four categories. Additional print categories will be reintroduced in 2022.

Exhibition Catalogues

Any substantial, non-periodical publication, in any format, designed to accompany a specific exhibit.


Any non-periodical publication other than an exhibition catalog: guides, monographs, histories, scholarly works, etc.

Newsletters and Calendar of Events

Any publication issued at regular intervals, primarily informational in content, published in a newspaper or conventional newsletter format. Submit only one copy. Any regular listing of events: posters, informational brochures, pamphlets, leaflets, etc. (Please note: Calendars intended for sale or distribution to the public are not eligible).

Magazines/Scholarly Journals

Any publication issued at regular intervals, primarily informational in content. Submit only one copy.

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