Re: Entering Contests
I just periodically search through resources that have Call to Artists and enter to build my resume, mainly. Have been rejected more than accepted. Because I'm NOT paying for shipping costs of relatively large paintings, I look only in my region (New England). That sort of limits me but oh well. Next, I read through the prospectus carefully and do some research on the jurors or venue or organization. Some are more "prestigious" than others so I decide what's not worth bothering with. (Getting in touch with your own inner snob). If its something where I feel my work is appropriate and will "fit," and the deadline is "doable," I enter because otherwise, it's just a waste of time. In any case, I would only enter something where there's already a piece to submit because it takes too long to paint and I don't need/want the pressure of an upcoming deadline. The shows I enter usually have "prizes" but I suppose I don't think of them as "contests" where I might actually win some money or an award. I mean, that's icing on the cake, but I never seek/expect it. I look at all this "process" as just a way to get some (expensive and inconvenient) feedback - expensive because you usually have to pay for framing and entry fees, and inconvenient because you have to drive (or ship) the work back and forth on certain dates...drop off, visit the show, and pick up. I wonder sometimes, if its worth it.
But anyway, that's how *I* do it. And its probably wrong.