The 15th Annual Michigan State University Design Contest for College Students is now accepting entries for the 2014 competition.
The contest, sponsored by the MSU Society for News Design (MSUSND), is open to all currently enrolled college students. The deadline to enter is Friday, March 21, by 10 p.m.
"You can enter anything into the contest - internship work, classwork, personal drawings and illustrations, job work. Anything can and should be entered," said MSUSND President Cody Harrell. "By opening up this contest for all types of creativity and in any outlet, we show we are very open to new ideas and storytelling methods. There are 12 categories and you can enter as many times as you want."
The 12 different categories include: Front Page Newspaper, Feature Page Newspaper, Sports Page Newspaper, Art & Illustration, Infographics, Promotions & Advertising, Special Sections, Standalone Multimedia, Digital Storytelling, Magazine Cover, Magazine Spread, and iPad Magazine.
All entries must have been created since March 23, 2013. There is a $7.50 fee for each entry.
First place in each category will receive a plaque. Second, third and honorable mention will receive award certificates. Winning entries also will be placed on the MSUSND website.
"Students should enter this contest for a number of reasons. First, it gives them an outlet to expose their creative skills that is reviewed by real-world designers. Second, the awards given out by professional designers look great on a resume and in your trophy cabinet. And finally, entering this contest is fun and challenging," Harrell said. "By measuring up against students from around the country, you will get a good idea of where your work is and where it can go."
Last year, 491 entries were submitted and judged by a panel of 18 professional designers from around the world. Of the winners, seven were CAS students.
"Any college student in the world can enter," Harrell said. "We have received entries in the past few years from as far away as Germany, as well as dozens of universities and colleges in the United States. While some contests are only for MSU students, we broadened our horizons to include all students who need a creative outlet and a place to show off their stuff."