Friday, October 04, 2013

Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXIV

Deadline: November 30, 2013 (ONLINE) or (POSTMARK)

Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXIV
Rug Hooking Magazine

Stackpole Magazines
Mechanicsburg, PA
August 2014

Calling all rug hookers! We invite you to enter your best hooked piece completed in 2012 or 2013 in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXIV. We welcome all styles and sizes, from primitive to fine shading, from traditional to contemporary. The deadline for entries is November 30, 2013.

Entries are impartially and anonymously evaluated by a panel of four qualified judges from the rug hooking community. Rugs are judged on technique, color plan, and interpretation of design. Each rug is judged on a numerical scale on its own merit, independent of all other entries. Finalists will be featured in Celebration XXIV, published in August 2014. Celebration highlights the artistry, fine craftsmanship, and astonishing diversity of hand-hooked rugs produced in the past year. Readers are invited to vote for their favorite pieces, which will be featured as Readers' Choice winners in RHM next summer.

How to Enter

1. Limit of one (1) entry per person.

2. Enter online. Follow the instructions for electronic submissions.

3. Or complete the entry form and follow the instructions on page 11 of the Sept/Oct 2013 issue. Entries must be postmarked by November 30, 2013.

4. If you include an e-mail address with your entry, you will receive an e-mail confirmation when your entry is received. If you do not have e-mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for receipt confirmation.

5. The rug must have been completed in 2012 or 2013, regardless of when you started it. You may enter a rug that has been entered in other competitions, and group entries are permissible.

6. Submission of an entry serves as a release that Rug Hooking and its publisher may publish photographs of the rug in the future, with proper credit given to the artist. This may include promotional materials, online or in print, including the Celebration book, in RHM, and on RHM products.

Category Definitions

Note: Some rugs may not fall neatly into one category. Use your judgement to select the category that best represents your rug.
  • Primitive: If your rug is a primitive rug, you may enter it in this category INSTEAD of one of the other three categories. Primitive suggests simplicity in all areas: design, materials, and technique. It usually means wider cut, naive or simple design with little or no shading, exaggerated scale or unrealistic proportion. Think folk art. In a pictorial rug, think Grandma Moses.
  • Commercial: If you purchased the pattern, enter the rug in the commercial category, Even if you adapted the pattern, if the rug is substantially based on a commercial pattern and design, it is a commercial rug.
  • Adaptation: If your rug is inspired by someone else's design in a different medium (for example, a painting, a postcard, a photograph, etc.) it is an adaptation. Be sure to credit the original inspiration and provide written documentation that you have permission to adapt someone else's work in this way. If you submit online, e-mail documentation to
  • Original: If your rug is based on your original content and design idea, it is an original design. Carefully consider who owns the copyright; if you hook a design based on a photograph that YOU took, the rug is your original design. If you hook a rug based on a photo that someone else took, that other person owns the copyright, and you should classify your rug as an adaptation.

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Rug Hooking Magazine
Debra Smith, Editor
Phone: (717) 796-0411 x159

Stackpole Magazines
5067 Ritter Rd.
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055