Bead Star 2014
Being a winner makes you a STAR!

Official contest rules



This contest is conducted by Interweave, a division of F+W Media, Inc. (hereafter “Publisher”).


Entrants must enter the Bead Star contest via the online entry form available at All entries must be submitted on or before the June 13, 2014 deadline (11:59 pm EST). Entrants can submit as many entries as they wish in each category; however, the same entry cannot be submitted in more than one category. All designs must be the original work of the entrant and must be jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, or earrings). An entry fee is required.


All entry materials must comply with these official contest rules. Judges selected by the editorial staff of Beadwork magazine will choose the first-, second-, and third-place winners in each category. The most exceptional of the first-place winners will be awarded the grand prize. By June 27, 2014, all entrants will be notified of their status via email. All winners will be required to send their winning designs to arrive at the Interweave office by July 10, 2014, so that they can be photographed for the October/November issue of Beadwork. The winning entries will be publically announced and put on display at Bead Fest Philadelphia from August 22 to 24, 2014. Projects will be returned by September 30, 2014.


See below for complete contest rules.



All designs must be new, original, and not available for sale and must not have won any previous contests. Entrants must create and complete the finished design on their own, without outside assistance. The Bead Star competition is open to adults over the age of 18 on the day they submit their entry. Employees, vendors, agents of Publisher, and Bead Star sponsors and related companies and their immediate families are not eligible.



The Bead Star contest consists of 6 categories. Entrants may submit as many designs as they wish in each category; however, the same entry cannot be submitted in more than one category. All entries must be in the form of handmade jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, or earrings). Remember, you may now use seed beads and beadweaving techniques to create your entries for any category! Categories include:


Crystals: Designs created using predominantly* crystals 


Glass: Designs created using predominantly* pressed-glass, fire-polished glass, sea glass, lampworked glass, and/or any other type of glass bead.


Metals & Wireworking: Designs created using predominantly* metal beads, components, and/or wire. Metal can be of any type or mixed.


Pearls: Designs created using predominantly* pearls of any shape, color, type, etc. Faux pearls (including crystal and glass pearls), shell, and mother-of-pearl can be used in your entry.


Gemstones: Designs created using predominantly* stones of any type. We will consider coral a stone.


Emerging Artists: Open only to entrants who have never had their jewelry published in a magazine or book, including online magazines and books. Entries submitted in this category can be made with any material or technique.


*By predominantly, we mean that when you look at the project, it should be obvious that the category material plays a starring role in the design. Beadwork editors and the judges selected by the editors reserve the right to reclassify or disqualify projects not meeting these guidelines.




An entry fee is required to participate in this contest. Early-bird entry (entries received by 11:59 pm EST on March 31, 2014) is $15 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry. Regular entry (entries received after the early-bird deadline but before the June 13, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST deadline) is $20 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry. The entry fee must be paid by check or credit card using our online entry form.




We are only accepting online entries for this contest. All entries must be submitted on or before the June 13, 2014 deadline (11:59 pm EST). To enter, fill in all fields in our online entry form. You will be asked to upload at least one photograph of each entry. You will need to fill in one entry form for each entry you wish to submit.



By submitting the photograph(s) to Publisher, you are giving your assurance that the photograph(s) are available for use by Publisher for all of the purposes described in these contest rules. If someone other than you has taken the photograph(s) or controls the rights to the photograph(s), you are responsible for clearing these rights before submitting the photograph(s) to Publisher.



Winners will be chosen for their originality, creativity, and quality by judges selected by the editorial staff of Beadwork magazine. All decisions of the judges shall be made in their sole and absolute discretion and will be final.


The judges will choose a first-place, second-place, and third-place winner in each category. The first-place winner in each category except Emerging Artists will receive $500 in prizes. The second-place winner in each category except Emerging Artists will receive $250 in prizes. The third-place winner in each category will receive a one-year subscription (or one-year renewal, if already a subscriber) to Beadwork. In the Emerging Artists category, prizes will be awarded as follows: $300 in prizes for first place, $150 in prizes for second place, and a one-year subscription (as previously described) for third place. The judges will also choose the grand-prize winner from among the first-place winners. In addition to the $300 or $500 in prizes for taking first place in one of the categories, the grand-prize winner will also receive an all-expense paid trip to Bead Fest in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from August 22 to 24, 2014. The trip includes round-trip airfare (not to exceed $1,000), hotel accommodations, ground transportation, and meal allowance. Only one grand prize is awarded.


All entrants will be notified of their status via the email address provided by the entrant by June 27, 2014. First-, second-, and third-place prizes will be awarded to eligible winners as described in these contest rules by July 31, 2014. Winners must send their winning pieces to arrive at the Interweave office no later than July 7, 2014. The contest winners will be published in the October/November 2014 issue of Beadwork magazine. Winners will also be publically announced and displayed at Bead Fest Philadelphia, August 22 to 24, 2014. All entries will be returned by September 30, 2014.


Publisher reserves the right to publish photographs of runners-up and/or honorable mention winners, although only the grand-prize and first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive prizes.



Entrants reserve the copyright in all entry materials subject to the rights granted to Publisher under these contest rules. Entry materials will be returned to entrants, and Publisher shall have no responsibility or liability for loss or damage to entry materials.


Publisher disclaims any responsibility or liability due to the nonreceipt of entries owing to circumstances beyond its control, including but not limited to late delivery or nondelivery due to defects in the operation of the Internet and/or the hardware and software used by the entrant or by Publisher.


Entrants must satisfy all eligibility requirements before winners are selected and/or the winning entries are published and displayed. If an entry is selected as a winner by the judges, but the entrant is not eligible, and/or if the entry does not conform to the contest rules, then the entrant and the entry will be disqualified and the next-ranked entrant will be selected.


All personal information collected by Publisher from entrants will be kept in confidence and used for purposes of judging only except that the name, likeness, and city of residence of winners may be announced, advertised, promoted, and publicized by Publisher.


By entering the Bead Star competition, each entrant is granting to Publisher the perpetual, exclusive, and royalty-free right to (a) use the photographs and other entry materials submitted by the entrant without photo credit(s) for the photographer(s) who took the photographs, (b) photograph and reproduce the entry in the various print and electronic publications of Publisher and the advertising, publicity, promotional and marketing materials of Publisher in any and all media, and (c) use the name, image, likeness, and biographical data of the winners in connection with all of the foregoing uses.


By entering the Bead Star competition, the entrant is assuring Publisher that he or she possesses the right to submit all entry materials for use by Publisher as described in these contest rules without the consent or approval of any third party, and Publisher is entitled to rely on the entrant’s right to do so.


As a condition of eligibility, the winning entrants may be required to sign and return an agreement in a form satisfactory to Publisher by which each entrant formally consents to the use of his or her entry materials including photographs, name, image, likeness, and biographical data as described above. If requested to do so, the failure to sign and return the form will disqualify the entrant.


Entrants are solely responsible for payment of taxes that may be imposed by reason of the prizes awarded to them.


The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.