A Juried Exhibition

Beadwork VII: The Beaded Earth

Here's what the folks at Beadwork magazine say about their juried exhibition:

"Beadwork is pleased to invite you to enter our seventh juried exhibition, Beadwork VII: The Beaded Earth. Whether you find inspiration in your favorite flora or fauna, a cherished vacation spot, or a map of your travels, let the natural wonders of our world guide your next beaded creation. Deadline for entries is February 25, 2011. Select entries will be published in the August/September of Beadwork magazine and displayed at Bead Fest Philadelphia in 2011."

The deadline for sending submitting your entry form and photos for this juried exhibition is February 25, 2011. If you are accepted as a finalist, you will need to send the actual piece for judging by March 25, 2011. At that time you will need to pay an entry fee of $25 for US residents and $50 for everyone else.

If you go to the webpage for the competition you will find the general information about the competition. If you then click on the link to enter, you will find the entry form, including the specifications for the photo size. On the entry form page you will also find a link to the terms and conditions of the competition.

Always Read the Fine Print about a Juried Exhibition

When I read the official rules about the Beaded Earth Competition, I was startled by what it said at the end of the paragraph that follows. I have put the sentence in bold below.

"4. How to Enter. During the Promotion Period, participants must submit preliminary entries via the online form and follow set guidelines. Entries must be no larger than 12” x 12” x 12” in size, must be comprised of at least 50% beads, should have been created within the past two years prior to the contest opening, and are submitted on or before February 25, 2011. Finalists are required to provide: a fee of $25 for US residents and $50 (USD) for international entries per entry and each entry postmarked no later than March 15, 2011. Entries must not have been entered in any other competition or violate the rights of other parties. Entries which judges determine to be offensive or defamatory will be disqualified. Participant assigns and transfers to Sponsor all rights, title and interest to the Entry."

So I went out to the patio and asked my live-in lawyer to take a look. She confirmed what I thought I had read. She said, "It's like an artist says, 'I have made this thing. Here, you take it. It's yours.'"

Now I don't know if that's what the folks at Beadwork meant to say, but that seems to be what it does say. I have sent an email to contest organizers asking for clarification.

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