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10th International Painting Annual

A Juried Annual Publication of Works of Recent Contemporary Painting

$2000 in CASH PRIZES now include a $1200 First Prize

MARCH 1, 2021 ***

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

ALSO NOTE: One can view the Online Resources for the past INPA projects and get an overview of the artists 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 INPA is intended to be a living sampling of excellent painting being made today.

This will be the last chance to participate in the INPA until 2023! To accommodate the many new projects we have lined up for the upcoming years the INPA publication cycle has transitioned to a once every three years schedule.
(The next INPA after this one will not take entries until 2023, and will not be be published until 2024. The books will continue to survey painting in contiguous three-year time frames which will no longer overlap.)


Launched in 2010, the International PAINTING Annual (INPA) is a product of the non-profit Manifest Press, and a complementary project to the award-winning International Drawing Annual project (INDA) which was launched in 2005 and the award-winning International Photography Annual (INPHA) launched in 2012. The goal of the INPA is to support the recognition, documentation, and publication of excellent, current, and relevant works of painting from around the world. As a carefully crafted peer-juried book, the INPA enables Manifest to assemble a diverse array of works from around the world, without the limitation of physical availability, gallery space, or shipping logistics. (See our INPA publication history at

Manifest is an artist-operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our book projects complement our gallery exhibition program by expanding our inquiry into the creative efforts of artists working today, and serve to document the exceptional results for posterity, distributing the unique collection of artists and works in each book around the world. Cash awards are meant to reward and encourage excellent work.

A wide variety of approaches to painting are encouraged for submission, including a range of painting types, all with some relevance to the artists' honest understanding of the practice of "painting."

Works that challenge the common notion that painting must be made with 'paint' are also welcome.


The International Painting Annual is open to any artist submitting original works of art or design created within the past three years (since January 1, 2018). Artists, designers, illustrators, and creative visual artists in ALL disciplines are encouraged to submit. Manifest is eager to receive works of painting in a wide range of applications.

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 artists 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 painting including but by no means limited to traditional painting media. Printmaking, digital/new media, photography, sculpture, drawing, installation, etc., are all possibly valid.


Essays and other painting-related writings
Manifest calls for scholarly, critical, and creative writing for publishing it each of its three publication projects. Information about this, and a separate optional 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 who will assemble the final selections from the jury-approved pool.

Each artist/author selected for inclusion in the INPA will receive one softcover complimentary copy of the publication. The books produced for this ongoing project have increased in page count and print quality each year, with the most recent publication reaching nearly 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 (the IPPY), and in 2013 and 2019 the INPHA 1 and INPHA 5 received bronze medal awards in the same ceremony, as did the INDA 8 in 2015. In 2019 the firstManifest Exhibition Annual (MEAs10) received a silver medal IPPY. Manifest's books are distributed to bookstores and university libraries 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.

Online INPA Resource
An online International Painting Annual Resource will be published to accompany the printed Annual. This will feature website links and thumbnail images representing each artist included. This is to provide students of painting an opportunity to research the wide range of working artists featured in each publication. It also gives collectors and curators avenues for contacting artists they may be interested in engaging with.

Entry Fee
For Season 16 we have adjusted our fee structure, reducing the average fee to submit per-work by 25%, and reducing the fee to submit additional works beyond four by 50% per work.

$40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry. Fees are non-refundable. Number of entries is unlimited. For the purposes of this process an 'entry' is an individual work of art, regardless of number of images used to represent it in this submission. Entry fee must be paid by U.S. check or money order made payable to MANIFEST, or by credit card via PayPal. (If paying by PayPal PLEASE use the paypal link provided on the page that follows the submission of the online entry form.)

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 additional copies of the printed publication.

What is my fee used for?
Manifest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and publicly-funded charitable organization operated by artists, for artists, with no substantial reserve or endowment. All proceeds from entry fees fund project-related expenses. Not unlike paying a fee to enter a marathon race, this democratically enables our organization's projects to happen. For over a decade and a half Manifest has earned an international reputation for producing quality exhibits, and benefiting the artists involved, and the public, over time on its meager budget. Our board of directors and small dedicated staff work hard to make involvement with Manifest projects well worth the effort and cost to do so. It is important to note that this jury fee is the only cost charged by Manifest for participation.

Simply by participating in a Manifest project you are helping this grass-roots nonprofit organization do its work and achieve its mission.


How many works can or should I submit?
The average number of works submitted to typical Manifest calls per entrant is about four. Some artists like to submit several more, especially if they have a couple different bodies of work which they'd like our jury to consider, or if they have a suite 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 (this is not a lottery!), 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. 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 INPHA, INDA, and INPA are not limited by size of work nor gallery space, so we are able to more easily include, on average, more works by each artist if justified by our jury scores.

Awards and Cash Prizes
First, Second, and Third Place awards for works of painting 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 online 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 nor eligible for awards.

To send via email: (send to: The email should include the artist's full name as subject along with 'INTERNATIONAL PAINTING ANNUAL 10 submission' or 'INPA 10submission'. 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 video details illustrating an entry, be in the form of a link to a viewable online copy of each video. 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. The link should be provided in the appropriate field on the entry form.

Note that a jpeg still image should still be submitted to represent a purely video-based entry in addition to the video material. 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', 'viewing link' 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.
Finally, it is important to remember that video-based works can only be presented in the book by way of still images, so priority will be given to the quality of the images submitted in representing the work.



March 1, 2021

Deadline for entry EXTENDED

June 30, 2021 Notifications sent by e-mail (by or before June 30)**
fall 2022 Anticipated, publication available and awards announced sometime in fall 2022.

* dates subject to modification or some variability due to project requirements. If any change are necessary, they will be noted here, and all entrants will be updated by email.

** 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 few weeks). We encourage all entrants to white list (allow) email from the domain to help ensure our communications arrive. Our notification timeframes for our publication projects can vary widely because they are very large projects with many jurors weighing in, as well as because of numerous other variables. Nevertheless, we send multiple status update emails to all entrants as we progress through the selection process.



Entry Checklist (for your reference)

Completed entry form (online required)

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

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


If sending through the USPS, mail materials to:

Manifest Creative Research Gallery
Attn: 10th International Painting Annual (INPA 10)
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 INPA will rely largely on word-of-mouth publicity.)


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