Design Competition for British Journal of Aesthetics

Deadline: 24 October 2015
Open to: young students of art from all around the world
Prizes: presentation on BJA website, GBR 150-worth of books, cooperation in future


The British Journal of Aesthetics (BJA) holds a competition each year open to students on full-time undergraduate or graduate courses at art and design schools or in fine art/design departments in any country to design a cover for the journal, which is published by Oxford University Press (OUP), both in print and online.

The overall cover design includes an image, generally a black & white photograph of a sculpture or a detail from a print. It is normally but not necessarily a monochrome image. But winning entries in the competition have varied considerably from this norm.


To be eligible to enter the competition, you must be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or graduate course at an art school on 30 January 2015.


Shortlisted designs will be displayed on the BJA website. The winning design will be used on the cover of the BJA. The issue will carry a half-page about the winner and his or her work. The winner will receive 5 printed copies of the issue featuring their design, and will also be invited to choose GBR 150-worth of books published by OUP, free of charge. Runners-up will also be considered for future issue covers of BJA and will be notified in due course. Should they be selected, a half page feature on the artist will be published in the same issue. The winner and runners-up will be notified by email in November 2015.

How to apply?

Entries to the competition must be submitted by email to: Entrants should submit a .jpeg or .tiff file containing their image, as well as a .jpeg or .pdf file of the cover design incorporating their image. All entries must be accompanied by a .pdf containing a scanned letter, signed by the entrant, stating details of the course on which he or she was enrolled on 30 January 2015, together with the entrant’s contact details. The closing date is 24 October 2015.

For more information, please check the official web-page.

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