Annual SEMC Publication Competition
The SEMC Publication Design Competition recognizes and rewards excellence in graphic design in Southeastern museum publications. The competition encourages communication, effective design, creativity and pride of work, and recognition of institutional image and identity. Winning entries will be displayed at SEMC’s Annual Meeting and featured on the SEMC website.


a) Entries must have been published between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
b) Open to SEMC active institutional and/or corporate members. Please verify Membership status.
c) Up to 3 entries may be submitted in any one category (24 entries maximum)
d) Deadline for submissions is a postmark deadline of July 17, 2020.

There is no entry fee for 2020 competition.

Entry Categories: Entries for each institutional category are judged in 8 entry categories. Up to 3 entries may be submitted in any one category (24 entries maximum).
- Gallery Guides (modest brochure or several-page formats)
- Books and Catalogs (book-length volumes)
- Brochures and Rack Cards
- Invitations
- Posters
- Mailers & Calendars of Events (submit full year’s series)
- Magazines & Newsletters (submit full year's series)
- Annual Reports
- Campaign (must include three or more pieces related to one project from different design categories – e.g., catalogue, rack card, invitation, poster related to one exhibition)

Entry Requirements:
PLEASE COMPLETE THE ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM BELOW! Once completed and submitted, you will receive a submissions confirmation email with the details of your entry.

The following are required to complete entry:
a) Include one copy of materials and a completed Publication Design Competition Entry Form.
b) An institution may enter up to three works in as many categories as desired (24 entries maximum).
d) If more than one entry is submitted, the total number must be specified in the Entry Form’s “Entry Number” (e.g., 2 of 7).
e) Submissions will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed postage-paid mailer at the submission.

Mail to:
USPS, Fed Ex or UPS
Monty Fields
Curator of Exhibits
Kentucky Derby Museum
704 Central Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208

Jurors: A panel representing the museum and advertising fields will judge the competition.

Awards: Each category may have a Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention award as deemed appropriate by the judges. One award-winning piece will be chosen as “Best of Show.” Judges also have the right not to award in any category. Winning entries will be recognized in a fall 2020 virtual program (date TBD).

For more information, contact Monty Fields, Kentucky Derby Museum,, 502-271-5337; or Zinnia Willits, SEMC Executive Director, 404-814-2048
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