Announcement: We’ve launched our very first Illustration Competition!

We are on the lookout for the next great So Young illustrator to bring something new to our pages! We will run quarterly competitions to coincide with each new issue of So Young culminating in several exhibitions at our new space in New Cross, London, where we can have a knees up to celebrate all your hard work. Our very first competition is open now and you can enter here.

The winner will have their winning entry published in both the print and physical versions of the magazine. They will also have their work displayed in a So Young Exhibition at our new gallery space in New Cross, near Goldsmith’s University. They will be one of only four artists exhibited at the show. Additionally the winner will have a feature written about their work on the website. Plus a cash prize of £200 and a 1 year subscription to So Young.

So Young 14 Hotel Lux by Alex Gamsu Jenkins 2

Illustrate a song by, or members of one of the bands below in any style you prefer… Digital, Collage, pencil drawing, anything… Check out our previous issues for inspiration at www.soyoungmagazine.com

Wolf Alice, Fat White Family, The Horrors, The Fall, The Big Moon, The Smiths, Savages, HMLTD, The Raincoats, Goat Girl, Nick Cave, Superfood, David Bowie, Mystery Jets, The Clash, Blondie, Sheer Mag, Childhood Or any band previously featured in So Young

Judges from Magazines, Galleries and Agencies will select from 10 finalists. These 10 finalists, chosen by So Young, will all have their entries posted on Instagram to our 48k followers.

Deadline is Friday 17th November 2017

SY Comp Winner's Prizes



£200 cash. Winning Illustration published in So Young Issue Fifteen (December) Online and Print Version. Winning Applicant will have their work featured in an exhibition at our new gallery space in New Cross, London. Gallery post on Instagram featuring 5 pieces of your work. To our 48k followers. Interview/feature written about winner’s work on the So Young Magazine site. 1 Year subscription to So Young.

Top 3 Entries

Top 3 entries will be published in the online version of So Young Issue Fifteen (December). Gallery post on Instagram featuring 5 pieces of your work. To our 48k followers. 1 Year Subscription to So Young.

10 Finalists

Competition Entry posted on our Instagram. To our 48k followers. 1 Year Subscription to So Young.


Open to all Designers/Illustrators. Students, Graduates and Professionals Worldwide.

So Young 14 Girl Ray by Alex Buccheri 2

Entry Fee

£10 per entry image (maximum of three entries per artist) with all proceeds going towards the winners’ exhibition and printing of the magazine.

Once payment is made, please wait 24 hours for Application form and terms to be sent.


Friday 17th November 2017

Once entry is purchased, we will send you your application form along with full terms and conditions within 24hours. Once you’ve completed application please email your entries to soyoungmagazine@gmail.com with the subject ‘SY Illustration Comp’ followed by your name and title of your entry.

Please send your files as a JPEG or PDF (no files over 10MB)



Posted on 12 Oct 2017.