Beading competitions are a great way to gain exposure for your work and challenge your skills. If you want a few tips about entering beading competitions, check out this article.
Below you will find details of some of the major beading competitions around the world, with links to rules and entry forms. The list is alphabetical. If you run a competition that you would like to see featured on this page, then please contact me.
This beading competition is run by Steven Weiss at the Beadsmith. It runs on Facebook, although can be viewed by anyone. Entry is by invitation and the competition is run in a ‘battle’ format, so designers are randomly paired and the public judges their favourite piece from each pair. The winning piece goes on to meet another opponent in the next round, and so on, until a winner is eventually announced. The standard of work is amazing, so do check it out. Even as a spectator, you will have the chance to vote for your favourites and gain a huge amount of inspiration. The beading is carried out between April and June each year, with Battle taking place over a number of weeks from June onwards.
Bead Dreams competition is run by Bead and Button magazine, annually. It is designed to celebrate and showcase bead artistry from around the world. There are several different entry categories and an entry fee is charged for each piece. The standard of entries to this competition is incredibly high.
This competition is run by Beadwork magazine. It runs annually and winners are exhibited at the Beadfest event in Philadelphia in August, along with cash prizes. There are several categories for entry.
This beading competition is run by Perlen Poesie magazine and takes place every other year, in odd numbered years. The competition usually has a theme and invites entries across a range of categories. Finalists are displayed at the Beader’s Best festival which takes place in Hamburg at the end of August.