Organization Details

It is with our great pleasure to announce that CelticMKE, in our 40th year, is again launching the annual Milwaukee Irish Fest poster contest, which is open to the public. Milwaukee Irish Fest is the world’s largest celebration of Celtic music and culture, and is held every third weekend in August, along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. We’ve had an official poster for the festival since the beginning, 1981, and look forward to seeing what designs come in this year to help us commemorate and showcase 40 years worth of celebrating Irish culture!

Contest Details

There will be two cash prizes for this competition. First place will be awarded $1,500 and second place $500. Milwaukee Irish Fest will own the rights of the two winners’ artwork. With an opportunity to learn as well as grow your portfolio, this contest will also give your design exposure, through the hundreds of thousands of patrons that attend the festival.

Anyone can enter; you do not need to be an art student. Any and all artists are encouraged to submit their design, and all will be reviewed.

It is strongly recommended that the artwork be put into a program such as Photoshop or Illustrator, so that revisions, if needed, can be made if the design makes it to the finalist round. Please refer to the PDF document below for the criteria regarding design specs and for aid in your Celtic and Irish cultural research.

The deadline for entries is March 17, 2020. Please submit your entry by completing the 2020 Poster Submission, which you can click here. The artwork should be named and saved with the artist email address, so finalists can easily be contacted.

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