NEW FECO Model Regulations for Cartoon Competitions (2009)
If you are organizing a cartoon competition, the following guidelines are provided to help you attract a large number of high quality entries from professional cartoonists worldwide.
Following these rules, your competition is ensured a 5 point rating ***** from FECO which will encourage the top cartoonists to enter (Notice: in case of failure to respect the written rules, the next contest announcement could be put in a special page named “not serious contests”).
1. The name of this cartoon contest is (enter name)
2. The theme(s) of this contest is (mention other categories if there are any)
3. The contest is open to cartoonists who are professional/semi-professional/amateur (state from which group you will receive works)
4. The deadline for receipt of cartoons is (state date).
5. The jury's awards will be made on (date)
6. The exhibition will open on (date, place and period)
7. The maximum size of artwork is to be (state size in mm). The minimum size of artwork is to be (state size in mm). Artwork to be submitted unframed.
8. The maximum number of entries is to be (state number and number per category if appropriate).
9. The name, home address (and e-mail address), the value of the work, telephone number of the artist is to be stated on the back of each cartoon. The artist is to provide a brief CV and a photograph (or self-caricature). If submission of a standard entry form is required, then this should be downloadable from a website or copied from colleagues.
10. The cartoons must be the original work of the artist. Cartoons that are deemed by the jury to be the same or closely similar to that known to be the work of another cartoonist will not be judged.
11. The cartoons may not have been previously published.
The cartoons may not have been previously awarded. (State which of these sentences apply, if at all)
12. Original works and digital artwork will be accepted. Digital artwork is to numbered in pencil on the front and pencil signed.
13. (Optional clause) Non-digital artwork to be provided initially as color photocopies which will not be returned. Artists of selected works will be asked to provide original artwork, which will be returned at the organizers expense (see 14)
14. Original artwork will be returned to the artists on request.
15. A catalogue will be published and one free copy will be supplied to each artist whose work has been selected for exhibition (or each entrant).
16. Money-Prizes and trophies will be awarded as follows (state all prizes).
Main-Prizewinners will be invited to attend the opening ceremony and prize giving. The costs for their stay and transport will be covered by the organizers of the cartoon contest.
If the artist’s physically presence is required to receive the prize, this rule should be clearly expressed by the organizers.
17. The organizers have the non-exclusive rights to use awarded works (meaning works who were awarded with a money prize) to advertise the next edition of the contest, without payment to the artist. The organizers of cartoon contests claim no other rights to the use of awarded cartoons.
Donation transfer of ownership of actual paper artwork to the organizers does NOT signify unconditional transfer of copyrights - these are retained, unless otherwise specifically agreed, by the artist. Should further rights be sought, they are to be subject of a new agreement between the artist and the organizers.
18. The organizers claim no rights for the use of non-awarded works.
19. The organizers will be liable for the safe keeping of selected original artwork whilst in their possession. If they intend to sell originals or copies, the cartoonist will receive the value of his works as indicated on the entree form. For selling prints or copies the cartoonists will receive 50% of the auction/selling prize.
20. The organizers will inform participants (by ordinary mail, through e-mail or website information) if cartoons are received and selected or not selected.
21. Address for delivery (state address and any special advice for customs) and contacts for further information (as phone/fax, e-mail address or websites of the organizers)
FECO does not support e-mail contests with small prize money (or just funny diploma’s) and digital catalogues, organized by un-known organizations of whom their only reason is to enrich their personal cartoon collection or to use the ‘e-mail works’ only for commercial purpose.