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Contest submissions open June 1 - December 1
$1,000 Prize
$20 Entry Fee

The Mary Blair Award for Art honors exceptional artists’ work across various media. With a prize of $1,000, this award is constantly seeking new and fresh artist perspectives to create a dialogue with our audience. Works can be stand-alone pieces or part of a larger series. We do not accept previously published work. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us if your work is selected for publication elsewhere. Artists may submit up to five (5) pieces of studio art, including photography, per submission.


Please be sure to:

  • include your name, address, phone number, and email address within cover letter

  • include available art credits: title, medium, dimensions, year 

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

  • ensure submissions are at least 300 dpi

  • provide a brief 50-word bio

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


The contest submission fee is $20, which includes a free copy of the latest edition of Reed. (Please note that submitters with US addresses on file will receive print copies of the journal, whereas those with international addresses may receive digital copies.) Multiple submissions are accepted as separate entries. Contest submissions not selected for final judging may still be considered for publication in the magazine. The winner of the Mary Blair Award may have a portfolio of their work featured in the journal and/or online (as space permits). Contest submissions not selected for final judging may still be considered for publication in the journal and/or online. Contest pieces may be considered for the cover. 


Mary Blair (1911-1978) graduated from San José State University in 1931 and continued her education at the prestigious Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. After a brief stint at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, she began working for Walt Disney Animation Studios. Blair is credited with introducing modernist style to their animated productions, and at the personal request of Walt Disney worked on the artwork and murals for Disneyland’s Tomorrowland and It’s a Small World attractions. Blair also worked as a color stylist on the films Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (1951), and Peter Pan (1953). Her work as a freelance designer includes several illustrations for Little Golden Books and stage sets for Radio City Music Hall. Posthumously, Blair was honored as a Disney Legend and awarded the Winsor McCay Award.

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