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Mary Blair Award for Art

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$1,000 Prize
Submissions Open June 1 - December 1

Artists are invited to submit their best work to be considered for the Mary Blair Award for Art, which pays winners $1,000. Each submission of up to five art pieces must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed.


The winner of the Mary Blair Award for Art will have a portfolio of their work featured in Reed 153. This includes the cover and eight additional images for an interior spread, printed in full color on high-quality stock.


Reed 153 is an open-themed issue. Contestants are also encouraged to include a link to a digital portfolio. Art submissions may include up to five pieces of art, including photography.

Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address on the first page

  • articulate the details of the medium, including any modifications made to photos

  • ensure submissions are rendered in an easily accessible format such as .jpg

  • provide a brief bio

  • make sure your Submittable profile is up-to-date

Contestants who do not win the Mary Blair Award may also be considered for publication, both in print and on our website.

2019 Judge

Cherri Lakey is the co-owner and co-curator of the urban contemporary art gallery Anno Domini, located in San José. She co-founded of the South First Fridays Art Walks, a self-guided nighttime tour through a series of art exhibitions and special performances. She is also a KQED contributor.