Sponsored by Pastel Journal, America’s leading magazine devoted to pastel artists, this annual competition offers cash, prizes and publicity to its talented winners. Entries will be prejudged and then finalists will be chosen by the magazine staff. Award winners and honorable mentions will be selected by the jurors named on the competition main page.
Winners will be featured in the April 2019 issue of Pastel Journal.
First Prize, Pastel Journal Founder’s Award in memory of Maggie Price
Second Prize, Pastel Journal Award of Excellence
Third Prize, Ruth Richeson Pastel GOLD Award
Pastels and Pastel surfaces from Jack Richeson and Company, valued over $2,000
Fourth Prize, Richeson Pastel SILVER Award
Pastels and Pastel surfaces from Jack Richeson and Company, valued over $1,500
Fifth Prize, Richeson Pastel BRONZE Award
Pastels and Pastel surfaces from Jack Richeson and Company, valued over $1,000
All entrants should be prepared to be able to send a hi-resolution print-quality replacement file should their entry be among those selected as a winner.
For publication in Watercolor Artist, these files should be 300 dpi when saved at approximately 8×10 inches, ideally, and 5×7 inches at minimum.
Work must be at least 80% soft pastel; no oil pastel. Nupastels and other “harder” pastels are considered soft pastels.
Due to SEC restrictions Pastel is unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, Sudan or North Korea.
Eligible Regions: Open for All except Syria, Iran, Sudan or North Korea.