Paper Prize

The Folio Zine Awards, launched this autumn by Print on Paper and People of Print, encourages entrants to create their perfect portfolio in zine form, with some tasty print-related prizes for the winners...

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Figuring out the design and format of your portfolio is an important task for any designer, and with competition for opportunities in the creative field as fierce as ever, finding an effective way to get your work into the hands of potential clients and collaborators sometimes requires a little lateral thinking. With the advent of digital print-on-demand services, which make short print runs and unusual formats more accessible, we're seeing more and more examples of the portfolio-as-publication: small but beautifully-produced booklets, brochures and broadsheets whose relatively low production costs make them practical to send out into the world. 

The Folio Zine Awards, launched this autumn by Print on Paper and People of Print, set out to celebrate and encourage this approach. They are inviting entrants to create a portfolio of their work in zine form, to be judged by a panel including Lawrence Zeegen, Roderick Mills, and Anthony Sheret and Edd Harrington of Colophon Foundry—and the winners will receive a range of goodies including subscriptions to People of Print's Posterzine, their publication, and Print on Paper vouchers of up to £1000 to bring future printed projects to life.

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The zine in question happens to be one of the formats offered by Print on Paper, a service launched in 2016 with the aim of making newspaper printing as quick, simple and cost-effective as possible, offering a range of formats from newsprint tabloids and broadsheets to zines, plus A2 and A3 posters printed on GF Smith stock. Winners of the Folio Zine awards will also see their design included in the Print on Paper sample pack, which lands on the desks of hundreds of businesses and professionals every month.

To enter the Folio Zine Awards, upload your design over on Print on Paper's website, making sure to check the guidelines and templates. For more information about the competition, the entry process and the prizes on offer, take a look here.

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