Interweave announced today the nationwide casting call for all beaders and jewelry designers in the United States and Canada to enter the inaugural Bead Star challenge—an exciting competition with more than ten thousand dollars in prizes and a Grand Prize all-expense paid trip for two to beautiful Santa Fe for Bead Expo 2009, $1,500 in beading supplies, and the cover of the new magazine, "Bead Star."
Winning entries will be published in "Bead Star," the first-ever beading magazine comprised entirely of prize-winning designs selected by beaders worldwide, launching on newsstands nationwide this December 23 from Interweave.
The deadline to enter an original beaded jewelry design is May 6.
"Beading Daily" Editor Michelle Mach describes Bead Star best: "It's like American Idol for beaders— but better. You won't have to forgo your morning shower and stand in line with thousands of other sweaty contestants for days as you wait to audition. Simon Cowell won't be judging the finalists— the much nicer editors of "Beadwork" and "Stringing" will select them.
Instead of phoning in your votes, everyone on Beading Daily—readers from all over the world—will get a chance to vote online for the winners. Instead of singers going on tour, the winning designs will appear in the pages of "Bead Star" magazine, which will be available in bead shops and bookstores in December."
It's Up to the People to Choose the Winners
The editors of "Bead Star," "Stringing," and "Beadwork" magazines will select the top 20 finalists among submissions in each of nine design element categories: Crystals, Seed Beads, Glass, Pearls, Stones, Metals, Plastics, Designs Under $25, and Designs with a Heart.
"We want real beading enthusiasts from around the world to participate in the selection process," says Danielle Fox, editor of "Bead Star" magazine. "So, after our editors select the finalists, we'll leave it up to the people to pick the winners."
Enthusiasts around the world will be able to log on to BeadingDaily.com June 12–18, 2008, and cast their votes for their favorite designs among the finalists. Votes will be tallied and a first-place, second-place, and third-place winner and two honorable mentions will be awarded in each category. Then one Grand Prize winner will be selected by the Grand Prize sponsor, Fire Mountain Gems, from the first-place category winners. This Grand Prize winner will receive a trip for two to beautiful Santa Fe for Bead Expo 2009, win $1,500 in cool beading stuff, and see his or her design featured on the cover of Bead Star magazine! This grand prize has a value of $5,000.
Winners will also have the chance to donate their projects to an auction benefiting the American Heart Association's women's heart health initiatives.
Visit www.BeadingDaily.com/BeadStar for complete contest rules. Bead Star is sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems, K. Gottfried Inc., Lima Beads, Beadalon, The Beadin' Path, The Bead Goes On, Tambrook Bead & Trade, Beaded Impressions, FusionBeads.com, Jane's Fiber and Beads, Venetian Bead Shop, and Vintaj Natural Brass Co.