Win $500 in 2018 Poster Contest


Design an artistic poster, win money, and see your work all over the region

Deadline Extended: Postmarked March 22, 2018

Thousands of readers will head to George Mason University and Northern Virginia to celebrate Fall for the Book’s 20th anniversary festival this October 10-13, 2018. We want your artwork to help us ring in this momentous year. Over the course of four days, writers across all genres will take the stage. In 2017 we hosted Colson Whitehead, Mohsin Hamid, and Lev Grossman as our headliners.

The festival is seeking a full-color poster that celebrates the interaction between readers and writers, and calls people’s attention to the festival’s October dates, as well as our tagline “Read On.” 

The poster will be printed in the summer and distributed throughout the capital region, and will appear as the cover of the printed festival, and the app’s home screen. Entries will be judged by the festival staff. Entries should appear in the same form as the final artwork—hard copy. Hi-resolution electronic files will be necessary for reproduction of the winning poster.


The poster must include:

  • The Fall for the Book logo (either horizontal or square)
  • The festival dates: October 10-13, 2018
  • The website (
  • The tagline “Read On”

Though Fall for the Book does not have a yearly theme, you may want to highlight the following information in your design:

  • 4 Days | 150 Authors
  • Readings, Discussions, Performances & More
  • Northern Virginia
  • 20th Annual

Suggestions for your design: as a fall festival, we get a lot of leaf-themed entries, which can quickly become generic. If you use leaves in your design, we’d like to see some original/creative spins on the theme. Also, although we fall in October, please, no Halloween-themed posters.

You can find out more about the festival by exploring the festival website and our app, available in iTunes and GooglePlayElectronic files of the 2018 logo can be obtained by contacting Suzy Rigdon at

Submission Details:

  • Artwork must be 11” x 17” and can be vertical or horizontal. Do not matte or frame artwork.
  • All two-dimensional media are accepted, including computer-generated images. Note: Chalk, charcoal and pastel entries should be sealed with a fixative spray to prevent smearing. Do not laminate entries.
  • Three-dimensional entries will not be accepted.
  • While collaborations are welcome, collaborators must split the prize money.
  • Artists may submit multiple posters. You may send all your posters in one package.
  • Participants accept all responsibility for late, lost, misdirected or illegible entries. Entries sent with insufficient postage will be disqualified. Fall for the Book is not responsible for entries damaged, destroyed or lost during the judging process.
  • Fall for the Book reserves the right to alter the final poster design or to reject all submissions for the final poster design.
  • All submissions become the property of Fall for the Book and may be used for commercial purposes. No entries will be returned, so please keep all your files and/or scan your work.
  • In consideration for the opportunity to enter the Fall for the Book Poster Contest, participants agree to allow Fall for the Book to use their names and photographs for promotional and publicity purposes.
  • Finalists may be asked for additional materials including a disk or CD of all poster files.

IMPORTANT: Entries must include the artist’s name, address, phone number, and valid e-mail address on the back of each poster. Only original artwork will be considered. Please do not use copyrighted images or materials.

Mail your submission to:

Fall for the Book

4400 University Drive, MS 3E4

Fairfax, VA 22030