Got a note in my email today from Jaime Guthals of Interweave Press. Not sure how I missed this contest, but here’s the scoop on the Bead Star 2009 Challenge:
Interweave Announces Last Call for Entries to the Bead Star 2009 Challenge
Deadline May 1! Grand prize is an all-expense paid trip for two to Bead Fest Santa Fe 2010 and $1000 shopping spree from Fire Mountain Gems
Loveland, Colorado, April 15, 2009: Interweave announced today the final casting call for all beaders and jewelry designers in the United States and Canada to enter the second annual Bead Star challenge—an exciting competition with more than ten thousand dollars in prizes and a Grand Prize all-expense paid trip for two to beautiful Santa Fe for Bead Expo 2010, $1,000 in beading supplies, and the cover of the new magazine, Bead Star (www.BeadStar.com).
The deadline to enter is May 1, 2009 and no entry fee is required. “It’s as simple as uploading a photo of your design from our website,” says Bead Star Editor Leslie Rogalski.
Winning entries will be published in the second annual issue of Bead Star, the first-ever beading publication comprised entirely of prize-winning designs selected by beaders worldwide, available on newsstands nationwide this December 8, 2009 from Interweave.
Watch the YouTube.com Slideshow Presentation of the 2008 Winners at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAfXtM8ej0g
Beading Daily Editor Michelle Mach describes Bead Star best: “It’s like
American Idol for beaders—but better. You won’t have to forgo your morning
shower and stand in line with thousands of other sweaty contestants for
days as you wait to audition. Simon Cowell won’t be judging the finalists—the
much nicer editors of Beadwork and Stringing will select them. Instead of
phoning in your votes, everyone on Beading Daily—readers from all over the
world—will get a chance to vote online for the winners.”
It’s Up to the People to Choose the Winners
The editors of Bead Star, Stringing, and Beadwork magazines will select the
top 20 finalists among submissions in each of nine design element categories:
Crystals, Seed Beads, Glass, Pearls, Stones, Metals, Plastics, Designs Under
$25, and Designs with a Heart. Then enthusiasts around the world will be able
to log on to BeadStar.com May 15-30, 2009, and cast their votes for their
favorite designs among the finalists.
“We want real beading enthusiasts from around the world to participate in the
selection process,” says Rogalski. “So, after our editors select the finalists,
we’ll leave it up to the people to pick the winners.”
A first-place, second-place, and third-place winner and two honorable
mentions will be awarded in each of the nine design element categories. All
first place prizes are valued at $500, second place prizes are valued at $300,
and third place prizes are valued at $100. One Grand Prize winner will be
selected by the Grand Prize sponsor, Fire Mountain Gems, from the first-place
category winners. This Grand Prize winner will receive a trip for two to
beautiful Santa Fe for Bead Expo 2010, win $1,000 in cool beading stuff, and
see his or her design featured on the cover of Bead Star magazine.
Bead Star’s 2008 Grand Prize Winner
Last year’s competition garnered more than 1,000 entries and the finalists
were voted on by nearly 10,000 members of the Beading Daily community.
The Bead Star 2008 Grand Prize winner is Valerie Aharoni, whose project, “Gild
& reGild,” was featured on the cover of Bead Star 2008. Aharoni’s first-place
project in the Seed Beads category was chosen by Grand Prize Sponsor Fire
Mountain Gems and Beads among the nine first-place category winners.
“The contest was totally no-stress,” says Aharoni. “There were no entry fees
and the guidelines were clear. Bead Star made it easy for beginners like me
who have never entered a contest before.”
Additional details are available on the Bead Star web site…my entry is in…is yours?!?