"Winning doesn't always mean being first.
Winning means you're doing better
than you've ever done before."
Many athletes have something to say about winning, but this quote from Olympic speed skater Bonnie Blair struck a chord with me. I like entering contests because it makes me stretch my creativity in a new way, working with new materials or themes that I might never have explored otherwise. I also like being given a deadline, since it forces me to finish projects, not just start them. I don't enter to win. Don't get me wrong. It's nice to win. It's just not the only reason to enter contests.
If you're looking to stretch your skills this summer, here are a few beading and jewelry making contests currently accepting entries:
- Bead Star
There are a few days left to enter (deadline is May 24, 2013). The rules have changed from last year, so be sure to read them carefully.
- Fashion Colorworks
This annual contest requires the use of a specific color palette. It is accepting entries until June 15, 2013.
- Fire Mountain Gems
The Seed Bead contest is accepting entries until May 31, 2013. They seem to be announcing their themed contests one at a time now, rather than all at once, so check their Jewelry-Making Contest page for the latest ones.
- The Halstead Grant
You could win money to help start your silver jewelry business. Enter through June 9, 2013.
- My Patriotic Heart (Swarovski Crystals)
Create a patriotic design. Entries due July 4, 2013.
- SLK Contest (Bead Design Studio)
You can register until December 1, 2013, but you'll probably want to get started soon on this multi-part jewelry challenge.
- Vintaj Monthly Challenge
There's a new theme each month for this monthly challenge.
Best of luck! Let me know if you have any additional summer contests to add.
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