25th Annual Pastel 100 Art Competition presented by Pastel Journal and Artists Network

Showcase your talent and win big in Artists Network prestigious art competitions! Discover competitions in a variety of media and enter for your chance to win cash prizes, publication in leading art magazines, global exposure, and rewards for your hard work. Plus, gain valuable feedback from renowned jurors. Let your passion shine through – enter an art competition today!

25th Annual Pastel 100 Art Competition

Presented by Pastel Journal and Artists Network

Call for Entry

Pastel Journal and Artists Network are pleased to present our 25th Annual Pastel 100 art competition! Don’t miss the opportunity to win cash prizes, premium art materials from our amazing sponsors, and publication in a magazine with a worldwide audience of passionate artists and pastel enthusiasts. Enter today for your chance to step into the pastel limelight!

Deadlines & Fees

Super Early Bird Deadline: April 25, 2023

Nonmembers: $25 per entry | Members: $15 per entry

Early Bird Deadline: July 25, 2023

Nonmembers: $35 per entry | Members: $25 per entry

Extended Final Deadline: September 12, 2023

Nonmembers: $40 per entry | Members: $30 per entry

Prizes & Awards

First Place Pastel Journal Founder’s Award in Memory of Maggie Price Winner $3,000 cash 

Second Place Pastel Journal Award of Excellence Winner $2,000 cash

Third Place GOLD Award Winner $1,500 cash

Fourth Place SILVER Award Winner $1,000 cash

Fifth Place BRONZE Award Winner $750 cash

5 First Place Category Winners (Sponsored by Terry Ludwig Pastels) $500 worth of Terry Ludwig Pastels each winner

5 Second Place Category Winners (Sponsored by Dakota Art Pastels) $300 worth of Blue Earth pastels each winner

5 Third Place Category Winners (Sponsored by Holbein) $150 worth of Holbein pastels each winner

5 Fourth Place Category Winners (Sponsored by Golden) $100 worth of PanPastels each winner

5 Fifth Place Category Winners (Sponsored by UART) $75 worth of UART paper each winner

5 “Ones to Watch” award winners (Sponsored by Dakota Art Pastels) $100 worth of Blue Earth pastels each winner

Categories & Award Jurors

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New This Year! 5 Ones to Watch awards! To mark the 25th Anniversary of the Pastel 100 Competition, we’re pleased to announce five (5) special “Ones to Watch” awards to be given to five artists who have never before had work appear in a Pastel 100. Awards will be determined by the Pastel Journal editorial team, selected from qualifying artists among the 100 finalists. Special thanks to Dakota Art Pastels for sponsoring the prizes for the “Ones to Watch” winners, who will each receive two different 28-stick sets of Blue Earth Pastels (total value $100+). In addition, the five winners will be featured in a special section of the Spring 2024 Pastel 100 edition of Pastel Journal magazine. Plus! All prize winners and 65 Honorable Mentions will have their names and winning artwork featured in the Spring 2024 issue of Pastel Journal, will receive an Artists Network Membership for 1 year ($99.99 value) and a digital award-winner badge. All prize winners and 65 Honorable Mentions will be listed on ArtistsNetwork.com.

Meet Past Winners

Finding Inspiration

FAQ | Preparing Your Competition Entry

Official Rules and Guidelines

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