Submitting to Calls

1. View Open Call
1.1. View Opportunity

To submit to an open call, first register with Zealous (it’s free for creatives).

Make sure you’re logged in when submitting to opportunities.

To find opportunities relevant to your skills and interests, you can filter by discipline by clicking ‘I Am Talent’ and ‘Search Opportunities’ on the Zealous homepage.

Once you’ve found an opportunity of interest, click the opportunity page and you will see all the information you need to know to submit.

1.1. View Opportunity

To submit to an open call, first register with Zealous (it’s free for creatives).

Make sure you’re logged in when submitting to opportunities.

To find opportunities relevant to your skills and interests, you can filter by discipline by clicking ‘I Am Talent’ and ‘Search Opportunities’ on the Zealous homepage.

Once you’ve found an opportunity of interest, click the opportunity page and you will see all the information you need to know to submit.

1.2. Basic Info & Rewards

The key information you need to know about the Opportunity is in Opportunity Overview. It outlines the Opportunity type (e.g. Festival, Competition,…), a short description, the accepted locations and creative roles/fields.

For example, if the specified location is the United Kingdom but you’re based in the USA, you won’t be allowed to submit.

The Rewards section displays the list of what the successful candidates will get (e.g. money, exposure, prize,…).

1.3. Schedule

On the left sidebar menu, you can find the Opportunity image and title, plus the schedule widget.

There you will see the important dates, such when submissions open and close, and the announcement of the results. Also, organisers can add other dates such festival opening date.

Remember that by default, the time of the date is midnight (00:00).

1.3. Schedule

On the left sidebar menu, you can find the Opportunity image and title, plus the schedule widget.

There you will see the important dates, such when submissions open and close, and the announcement of the results. Also, organisers can add other dates such festival opening date.

Remember that by default, the time of the date is midnight (00:00).

1.4. Guidelines

Guidelines are written by the Opportunity organiser, to disclose all information the creative needs to know before submitting to that opportunity. It will include requirements for applicants, any terms and conditions, etc.

Always read the guidelines before submitting to any opportunity!

2. Start submission
2.1. Click Submit Now

When viewing an opportunity, the Submit button is on the top bar on right side.

If you are eligible to submit, this button will show. If it doesn’t show, it’s because you are not eligible to submit (e.g. You’re in a different location, you are the organiser or you are invited to judge this opportunity).

2.1. Click Submit Now

When viewing an opportunity, the Submit button is on the top bar on right side.

If you are eligible to submit, this button will show. If it doesn’t show, it’s because you are not eligible to submit (e.g. You’re in a different location, you are the organiser or you are invited to judge this opportunity).

2.2. Submission fees

It’s free to submit to some opportunities, but others will have a submission fee. This means that as part of the submission process, the opportunity organiser requires  applicants to pay a fee to submit.

If submitting, you will see the fee cost under Submissions are Open. There can be multiple types of fees (e.g. regular, for students,…), so you can pick the one relevant to you.

3. Accept Guidelines
3.1. Read Guidelines

Before you begin your submission, it’s important to read the Guidelines so that you understand what the organiser is looking for. It will also include any terms & conditions.

3.1. Read Guidelines

Before you begin your submission, it’s important to read the Guidelines so that you understand what the organiser is looking for. It will also include any terms & conditions.

3.2. Accept Guidelines

Once you have read the Guidelines, you need to click the button to accept them in order to continue with your submission.

4. Add a project
4.1. Add a project

Each submission contains a project. Depending on the Guidelines for the opportunity, the project you submit will have different requirements.

When submitting, you may be asked to specify which accepted creative category your project belongs to, e.g. art, film, photography, etc.

4.1. Add a project

Each submission contains a project. Depending on the Guidelines for the opportunity, the project you submit will have different requirements.

When submitting, you may be asked to specify which accepted creative category your project belongs to, e.g. art, film, photography, etc.

4.2. Create a new project

To upload a new project for your submission, select the Create a New Project tab.

You’ll be prompted to name the project, complete a short description, outline which creative field it belongs to and state your role within the project, e.g. photographer, illustrator, etc.

You can then add multiple images, embed media (sound and video) and any additional text, ordering it as you like. Zealous supports Vimeo, YouTube and Soundcloud.

Please remember to include only what is asked of you in the Opportunity Guidelines.

If you select Show Project on Portfolio, you will duplicate this project so that it appears on your portfolio and will be visible to everyone.

4.3. Use an existing project

If you have already uploaded projects to your Zealous portfolio, you can choose to submit one of these instead of creating a new project.

Select the Choose an Existing Project tab. Only projects from your portfolio which match the requirements of the opportunity to which you are submitting will appear, e.g. If the opportunity is looking for photographers, only your projects with the role of ‘photographer’ will show as options. You can select one to submit.

4.3. Use an existing project

If you have already uploaded projects to your Zealous portfolio, you can choose to submit one of these instead of creating a new project.

Select the Choose an Existing Project tab. Only projects from your portfolio which match the requirements of the opportunity to which you are submitting will appear, e.g. If the opportunity is looking for photographers, only your projects with the role of ‘photographer’ will show as options. You can select one to submit.

5. Personal Details
5.1. Contact details

Enter your contact details including address, city, postcode and phone number.

This information is completely private and is only shown to the Opportunity organiser and administrators, in case they need to contact you regarding the opportunity. Please fill all fields accurately.

5.1. Contact details

Enter your contact details including address, city, postcode and phone number.

This information is completely private and is only shown to the Opportunity organiser and administrators, in case they need to contact you regarding the opportunity. Please fill all fields accurately.

5.2. Application Form

The opportunity organiser may require you to complete an application form as part of the submission process.

This is the last step of submitting unless the opportunity requires a submission fee.

6. Payment (if applicable)
6.1. Choose a fee

Based on your circumstances, choose the fee which is most applicable to you.

You may find that some submission fees allow you to submit more than once, e.g. Pay £15 for two submissions.

You can select more than one fee type, pay now and complete the rest of your submissions later.

6.1. Choose a fee

Based on your circumstances, choose the fee which is most applicable to you.

You may find that some submission fees allow you to submit more than once, e.g. Pay £15 for two submissions.

You can select more than one fee type, pay now and complete the rest of your submissions later.

6.2. Payment information

We don’t save your payment details, so your information will always be safe.

6.3. Billing address

Your billing information is important so that your payment can be processed correctly.

6.3. Billing address

Your billing information is important so that your payment can be processed correctly.

7. Confirmation
7.1. Complete submission

You’ve reached the end of the submission process!

Select Submit or Save As Draft if you want to complete it at a later date before the Opportunity deadline.

7.1. Complete submission

You’ve reached the end of the submission process!

Select Submit or Save As Draft if you want to complete it at a later date before the Opportunity deadline.

8. Manage your submissions
8.1. Manage your submissions

Once you complete a submission, you’ll be redirected to your profile.

You can see all your submissions and recommended opportunities relevant to your creative skills. Keep up to date with the progress of your submission in your profile’s Submissions tab.

8.1. Manage your submissions

Once you complete a submission, you’ll be redirected to your profile.

You can see all your submissions and recommended opportunities relevant to your creative skills. Keep up to date with the progress of your submission in your profile’s Submissions tab.

8.2. Edit your submission

Before submissions close for an opportunity, you can edit your submission. You can add/remove any element that you wish.

Once the submissions deadline has passed, you won’t be able to edit your submission. If you duplicated the submission as a project on your profile, you can edit this at any time.

8.3. Drop out

If you change your mind, you can drop out of an opportunity. This action will inform the Opportunity organiser that your submission is no longer available.

8.3. Drop out

If you change your mind, you can drop out of an opportunity. This action will inform the Opportunity organiser that your submission is no longer available.

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