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When will I hear if I have been successful?
Judging begins soon after the deadline and will take place over the New Year. Shortlisted entrants will be contacted in February. Sadly, no correspondence can be entered into with unsuccessful entrants. The judges’ decision is final. If you haven’t heard anything by March 2018, assume you have been unsuccessful this time round. But please do enter again next year. Perseverance works!
How will I be contacted if shortlisted?
Correspondence is via email, so make sure your contact details are correct when you submit your entries. All shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony in May and invitations will be sent out by post, so please make sure your postal address details are also correct.
How many entries will be shortlisted per category?
Competition is fierce! We typically receive about 1000 entries every year. Only the best 3 will be shortlisted in the each of the published categories. The best 5 student entries will be shortlisted for the student prize.
Do I need to enter supporting text to accompany my work?
You don’t need to, but it may help the judges in assessing your submission.
Can I email my entry as an attachment?
No. Entry to the V&A Illustration Awards takes place via the online entry form only. Judging will also take place online.
Are my contact details visible to the judges?
No. Personal data is stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act and is only visible to staff assigned to the competition.
I'm having problems registering/signing-in what do I do?
Please email: villa@vam.ac.uk
Who is eligible to enter the competition?
The published category awards are open to illustrators resident in the UK or publishing within the UK book and editorial market. The student category is open to anyone who has attended a course of study in the UK during 2016 or 2017
How long after graduating can I still enter the Student competition?
You can enter the student category of the competition provided you have been enrolled on a course of study in the UK in 2016 and/or 2017.
Is the Student Competition only open to students of illustration?
No. Any students can enter the competition. Most entrants are students of illustration, graphic design or fine art, but in the past we have had students of Architecture, Interior Design and Journalism.
Is there a limit on the number of entries I can submit?
There is no limit on the number of entries in the published category. In the student category, only one entry per student is allowed. 
Can I enter work in more than one category?
Can I enter self-published work?
All entries in the published categories must be available for purchase through a commercial operation, this includes self-published work. You can of course enter unpublished work in the student category, provided you have been enrolled on a course of study in the UK in 2016 and/or 2017.
How do I know if my entry has been successfully received?
Once received, your entry will appear on the grid of entries.
What is the closing date for the competition?
The closing date is Monday 18 December 2017 at 17.00. Email entries after the deadline cannot be accepted.
Who are previous winners of the V&A Illustration Awards?
A list of previous winners is available via the following link: https://www.vam.ac.uk/info/va-illustration-awards
How do I keep up to date with the competition?
Please read the V&A Illustration Awards competition blog
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