Celebrating the UK’s emerging creative talent.

Celebrating the UK’s emerging creative talent.



Are there any costs?

It’s absolutely free to submit to Emerge.

Can I edit my submission after I have submitted it?

Yes, you can edit your submission any time up until the submissions deadline. Log in, click on “Submissions” underneath your name in the top menu. Then click the cog icon in the corner of your submission and select, ‘Edit Application’. 

Can I keep the work private?

Absolutely. If you click the Submit button – on the Project step, we’ll give you the choice to show or hide the work from your portfolio. Note that if you get selected for the shortlist, we will make the submitted work public.

Can I submit a collaborative project?

Of course! But it must be original work and you must have had a main/central role in the project. Remember, you must credit all relevant collaborators in your submission. 

How do I enter one of the Emerge prizes?

To enter, click the ‘Submit Now’ button on the relevant prize page. You’ll be redirected to a registration page where you can sign up to Zealous for free, or log in if you’re already a member. 

Upload your work in the form of ‘projects’. You can submit a project directly from your Zealous portfolio, or submit a new project that you haven’t yet uploaded to your portfolio.  

To submit more than once, go back to the prize page and click ‘Submit Now’ again.

How many times can I submit?

You can submit up to three times per prize category but not with the same projects.

I work in multiple disciplines. Can I submit to different categories?

Yes, if you work in more than one creative discipline you can submit different works to different categories, e.g. you can submit a photography project to the Emerge Photography Prize and your short film to the Emerge Film Prize.

I’m a student, can I submit?

If you think your work deserves an award, then absolutely, yes!

Is there an age requirement for entrants?

Entrants must be 13+.  

I’m from the UK but I currently live outside the UK. Can I still submit?

Unfortunately not, only creatives who reside in the UK are eligible to submit.  

I’ve completed my submission. What do I do now?

Sit tight—we’ll announce the shortlists for each prize category on the 30th March 2018. Keep an eye on our social media channels for any updates before then.

When will the Emerge Awards take place?

The Awards will be in Ugly Duck, London on the evening of 10th May 2018. Finalists in each category will be invited to attend. Stay tuned! 

Who can submit?

If you consider yourself an emerging artist, photographer, performers, game developer… and you think your work deserves an award; then yes. The most important requirement is that it MUST be your original work (see ‘Can I submit a collaborative project?’ if you’re a group that wants to submit).

We didn’t want to base it on age, since some of us start later, nor did we want to base it on formal education since we didn’t want to discriminate. If you create, we want to see it.