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The 11th International Drawing Annual

A Juried Annual Publication of Works of Recent Contemporary Drawing

$2000 in CASH AWARDS NOW INCLUDE A $1200 First Prize

NOTE: As this is a BOOK project, works that are not otherwise available (i.e. physically) may still be submitted for consideration. All that is required of accepted artists is a print-quality hi-res digital image of accepted works. All included artists receive a complimentary copy of the finished book.

ALSO NOTE: One can view the Online Resources for the past INDA projects and get an overview of the works included previously. But one should not assume these represent a goal or ideal for the type or style of work this project will accept. Manifest is very eager to see diverse submissions come in and even challenge any perceived patterns represented by previous volumes. The INDA is intended to be a living sampling of excellent drawing being made today.

This project is paralled by a separate new annual gallery exhibit at Manifest entitled DRAWN. Info for this will be posted here when available.

The award-winning International Drawing Annual is an extension and merging of Manifest's Drawing Center, Press, and Gallery programs. Its goal is to support the recognition, documentation, and publication of excellent, current, and relevant works of drawing of all kinds from around the world.

A natural question will be "what is drawing?" and that is exactly one question the Annual is meant to investigate from year to year. Furthermore the goal is to ask "what is exceptional drawing?" Therefore submissions are expected to vary, including a range of drawing types, from the most academic to the most experimental, but all with some relevance to the artists' honest understanding of the practice of "drawing."

Manifest's INDA 8 is a recent Bronze Medal Winner
of the 2015 IPPY Book Awards (Fine Art category) by the Independent Publisher Association



The International Drawing Annual is open to any artist submitting original works of art or design created within the past three years (2013 - 2015). Artists, designers, illustrators, professionals, and students in ALL disciplines are encouraged to submit. Manifest is eager to receive works of drawing in a wide range of applications (technical, graphic, fine art, design, architectural, digital, illustration, etc.) with the qualification being that artwork submitted is representative of high quality "drawing."

Note that artists who previously exhibited at Manifest or had work included in our publication projects ARE eligible to submit. Our juries are always conducted 'blind', and we do not disqualify people who have success in past juries. However there is no advantage here either because our jury members are changed from project to project.

Media (artwork)
Open to any media applicable to the practice of drawing including but by no means limited to traditional drawing media. Printmaking, digital/new media, photography, sculpture, painting, installation, etc., are all possibly valid.


Essays and other drawing-related writings (OPTIONAL SEPARATE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS)
Manifest calls for scholarly, critical, and creative writing for publishing it each of its three publication projects. Information about this, and a separate entry process, can be found here.


Jury and Curator
Manifest's selection process involves a complex two-part system. This project will be juried by a 9-12 member panel of professional and academic volunteer advisors with a broad range of expertise. The jury will then pass along their scores to the project curator/editor who will assemble the final selections from the jury-approved pool.

Each artist/author selected for inclusion in the INDA will receive one complimentary copy of the publication. The books produced for this ongoing project have increased in page count and print quality each year, with the largest publication reaching 200 pages in length. In 2011, the INDA 5 was awarded a national silver medal award from the Independent Publishers Association in their New York City ceremony, in which other major arts institutions such as the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have competed. In 2015 the INDA 8 was awarded a bronze medal award in the same competition. Manifest's books are distributed to bookstores across the country, including museum bookstores, and are available through as well as at Manifest Gallery and on the Manifest website. Arts patrons, artists, professors, and art students around the world collect our publications. The books are offered at an academic discount to professors, students, and institutions of learning around the world. Special bundles of the books are also provided as course supplements for advanced drawing (as well as advanced painting and photography) courses at course-book discount rates.

Online INDA Resource
An Internet-based online International Drawing Annual Resource will be published to accompany the printed Annual. This will feature statements, bios, contact info., and professional information for each person included.

Entry Fee
$36 for up to three entries submitted. $10 per each additional entry. Fees are non-refundable. Number of entries is unlimited. Entry fee must be paid by U.S. check or money order made payable to MANIFEST, or by credit card via PayPal. Detail images may be included at no additional cost but should only be provided when absolutely necessary to reveal accurate understanding of the artwork. Beyond this nominal fee, the requirements spelled out here, and providing print-quality digital images of selected works, there are NO hidden costs or obligations associated with participation, and NO obligation to purchase copies of the printed publication.

What is my fee used for?
Manifest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization operating by artists, for artists, with no reserve or endowment. All proceeds from entry fees fund project-related expenses, including design and printing of the publication.


How many works can or should I submit?
The average number of works submitted to typical Manifest calls is 3. Often artists will submit several more, especially if they have different bodies of work which they'd like our jury to consider, or if they have a series of works that are interrelated. While we have absolutely no minimum number required (other than one), nor do we give an advantage to those who submit more, it is helpful to have a number of options to select from. Our jury often gains insight into one work by seeing it in context with others by the same artist. And we do routinely accept pairs or sets of work by artists once they are determined to be a finalist. It is also worth noting that our book projects like the INDA, INPHA, and INPA are not limited by size of work nor physical gallery space, so we are able to more easily include, on average, more works per artist if justified by our jury scores.

Awards and Cash Prizes
First, Second, and Third Place awards for works of drawing will be decided by the jury committee. Each award winner will have a brief artist's statement included in the publication. There will be three cash prizes of $1200, $500, and $300 for first, second, and third place winners.

Text Entries
Find guidelines and a separate entry process for written submissions here.


In an effort to conserve resources Manifest accepts only digital images and entry forms for consideration. (see details below). The Gallery will retain the submitted images of accepted artwork and reserves the right to use the images in publications and gallery publicity. CD's of works not selected will only be returned if accompanied by a SASE.
(online entry form required and emailed images preferred over mailed CD)

Digital Format: Digital images can be submitted on CD or by e-mail (send to: The email and online submission process is HIGHLY PREFERRED because it makes our process more efficient and saves postage and materials for the artists. Hi-Res, professional-quality images will be requested for accepted works upon conclusion of the jury process. If suitable images are not provided, the work will not be included in the publication.

To send via email: (send to: The email should include the artist's full name as subject along with 'INTERNATIONAL DRAWING ANNUAL 11 submission' or 'INDA 11 submission'. The images must meet the following specifications:

All entry files (regardless of type or media) must be named with artist's last name (underscore) first name, followed by the entry number as noted on the entry form (i.e. Jones_Mike_1.jpg). Please DO NOT include any other information in the file name, such as title of work, etc.

Detail, installation, or alternate view images must include the word 'detail' in the filename (i.e. Jones_Mike_1detail1.jpg). If you do NOT include the term DETAIL as part of the filename for any additional, extra, installation, or closeup images supporting your entry these will be counted as additional separate entries and our system will expect a corresponding fee for them.


Info for detail images should NOT be included on the entry form. The image files should be in HIGH QUALITY JPEG format, images should be no smaller than 1000 pixels in any direction (about 13”) and be exactly 72dpi. This should result in most image files ranging from 700kb to 2mb in file size (this is approximate). Files should be in JPEG format, not TIFF, PDF, RAW, etc., and should be in full color (not grayscale).

Be ABSOLUTELY sure you are sending files at the correct size AND that your email app. does not automatically downsize the attached images when sending. Apple Mail, for example, provides a setting for resizing attachments in the new message composition window (often in lower or upper right corner of message window).

Images must be oriented properly (i.e. top of image is top of artwork) and should not include text info or borders that are not part of the actual work.

Please do NOT submit resume, c.v., bio, or other text info.

Please do NOT submit links to jpeg files (Google Docs or otherwise). Please attach images directly to one or more emails. 

If for any reason you submit your entry form more than once, only the most recent form will be retained in our system. All previous forms will be deleted. If you decide to submit additional work later, or need to correct information on your form, you’ll need to submit a new form containing ALL the works for the exhibit.

Manifest requests that all video or interactive submissions, or details illustrating an entry, be in the form of a link to a viewable online copy of each work. The sample should be shown online in its full length
. It is understood that online versions of video files may be lower quality due to compression and Internet formatting.

Note that a jpeg still image should still be submitted to represent a purely video-based entry in addition to the video material, since as a book project the INDA will represent video works via still images. Please email us if you have any uncertainty about this (

Links to video support materials should be provided on the entry form for each entry in the 'notes' or other relevant section on the form, and should link directly to online streaming content that does NOT require a login, password or membership to view. These may be in the form of Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or other similar links. Effort should be made to eliminate confusion or extraneous information that may interfere with the jury's viewing of the work. Any extraneous information, or material not considered to be 'the work' will inevitably detract from the jury score for that work.

Links to video material must remain valid and active through the notification of jury results.



December 31
January 22, 2016

February 29
April 11-15

Early 2017

Deadline for entry

Notifications sent by e-mail sometime this week**

Publication available and awards announced

** note that our notification emails are sometimes not received due to aggressive filtering by email servers on the recipient side. For this reason we also post the results of the jury on the project page of the website soon after sending the notifications (usually within a week or two). We encourage all entrants to white list (allow) email from the domain to help ensure our communications arrive.


Entry Checklist

Completed entry form (online required)

U.S. check, money order, or credit card through PayPal (payable to Manifest)

Digital images or written entries formatted as directed (e-mailed is preferred)


If sending through the USPS, mail any materials to:

Attn: International Drawing Annual 11
P.O. Box 6218
Cincinnati, OH 45206

e-mail with questions


PLEASE feel free to print, share, or forward this information. The success of the INDA will rely largely on word-of-mouth publicity.)


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Manifest's 15th season is funded in part by a grant from the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by an impact grant from ArtsWave, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous contributions of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.

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