Artist Elizabeth R. Whelan invites you to enter the Martha’s Vineyard Drawing Prize, an international art competition established to encourage the pursuit of excellence in drawing.

Please note that the Martha's Vineyard Drawing Prize is on hiatus for 2024, but will return in 2025 as a biennial competition so as to allow artists more time to work on the theme.

Entry Requirements:

•    Entries may be created using graphite, charcoal, Conté, silverpoint, pen & ink, colored pencil, chalk, or other suitable non-digital drawing media.
•    Each artist may submit up to 3 works for the $10 fee.
•    Categories of drawing can include academic, realistic, abstract, contemporary, fantasy, historic, etc.
•    The theme for the 2025 competition is 'Passage'. (See 2025 Theme page for more information.)
•    All work must be original in concept and created by the entrant. Please enter NEW WORK ONLY not seen before by this competition. Drawings created in classes or workshops are not accepted.
•    Submitted images of work must represent its true appearance and not be altered digitally.
•    Artist must be 18 years of age and older.
•    This competition is open to applicants from the United States and Canada (including territories).
•    This is an online-only competition, so there's no need to frame or send in your artwork. For that reason, please take professional-quality photos of your artwork.
•    The call typically opens in the spring of each year, and you can enter your work then. Look for announcements on the Instagram and Facebook @mvdrawingprize pages as well as here in this site.
•    Submissions must be entered through the Call for Entry website by Tuesday, September 16, 2025. (See FAQ page for information about how to submit your work if you have not used this site before.)

The competition will be judged by a gallery director, a collector, and an artist. Different jurors are selected each year.
The jury will deliberate from September 17 – September 20, 2025.
The jury will make the final decision, and will not engage in communication about their choices.

Elizabeth R. Whelan, who is hosting the competition, is pleased to offer $1,200 in cash awards this year. Additionally, 4 Juror's Prizes will be presented.

1st Place $500
2nd Place $400
3rd Place $300

Prizes and awards will be announced on Sunday, September 21, 2025, by email, and posted on the Martha’s Vineyard Drawing Prize website, and the @mvdrawingprize Facebook and Instagram pages.
The finalists’ work will be displayed on the Martha’s Vineyard Drawing Prize website for one year, including biographic information and links to their websites/social media.

The entry fee is $10, and up to 3 works may be submitted for that fee. 
Fees must be paid by credit card or PayPal through the Call for Entry website payment platforms.
The entry fee is not refundable, nor will it be pro-rated if less than 3 works are submitted or selected.

Artwork images for submission:

Images must be professional in quality – no informal shots, please.
Please provide high-resolution jpeg images only, fitting within the Call for Entry website image requirements:

  • File Type: JPEG or JPG only
  • File Dimensions: 1,200 pixels or greater on the longest side
  • File Size: Under 5 MB