Introducing our annual Student Awards
Centred on a collection of live creative briefs

Deliverables & Guidelines


The annual YCN Student Awards exist to inspire, support and showcase emerging creative talent, and to connect it with the creative industries. The Awards centre around live creative briefs, written each year by partnering organisations, and spanning broad creative disciplines. 

The Call for Entries for this year’s programme launched on Friday 20th October 2017.

The Deadline for Submissions is 11.59pm GMT on Thursday 22nd March 2018. 

** PLEASE NOTE: We've extended this year's deadline to 11pm on the 29th March. **

All submissions are made digitally. The Awards Entry uploader will be live in January 2018.

We do of course recognise the importance of the handheld, tactile and physical in demonstrating or enlivening a submission; so welcome the submission of selected physical elements (where you feel it's appropriate) to support digital entries. 

How work is judged

Work submitted in response to each brief is closely examined by a team from the organisation that wrote it, often alongside the agencies with whom they work. They are asked to draw up a shortlist of the submissions felt to be the most outstanding from all those received in response to their brief. The originators of these submissions are awarded with a Commendation. There are no first, second or third place style nominations, if you have been Commended this means your work has been chosen as one of the most outstanding entries to that particular brief and you will be Commended alongside a selected number of other entries for your brief.

After the Deadline for Entries in March the judging process takes place over April and May, with six weeks set aside for our partners to carefully look through their respective entries. Commendations will be published online at the beginning of June 2018 and those Commended will receive email confirmation and a letter in the post around this time.

We ask that you please do not share any submitted responses online before the commendations are announced. 

Student Awards Ceremony and YCN Student Annual

The Annual YCN Student Awards ceremony will see all those Commended colourfully honoured in a prestigious setting. Recent venues have included Shoreditch Town Hall and the Barbican Centre. The YCN Student Annual will showcase all work Commended as part of the programme.

Eligibility for the YCN Student Awards

Anyone studying full or part time at any University, College or Art & Design School throughout the world is welcome to enter. Additionally, those to have graduated from any such insitution within 12 months of the 30th October 2016 is welcome to enter — as long as they are not working full time in a creative role. You do not need to be a Member of YCN in order to enter. For any questions around your own individual eligibility email

Entry Details

• The deadline for submitting work is 11.59PM GMT on Thursday 22nd March 2018.
• There is no entry fee to submit work.
• You do not need to be a Member of YCN to enter.
• You can respond to as many briefs as you wish. You may also submit more than one response per brief.
• All submissions must be in the English language.
• You may submit work as an individual or as a team. Teams can consist of as many people as you wish.
• Logos and other information listed in individual briefs, can be found online in Project Packs that accompany each brief.
• All entries must be submitted via the YCN digital uploader — live from January 2018.

All entries must be presented digitally, via our digital entry uploader. You should demonstrate your work in as much detail as possible. The best way to do this is to present it all in a single PDF with lots of big visuals and supporting written descriptions. Any related digital elements (such as films or animations) can be supplied alongside this PDF.

You may submit supporting physical items if you wish. You are welcome to post or hand deliver to YCN items to support your digital submission. Each should be clearly labelled with your name and contact details. Item labels can be dowloaded here. Our address is YCN Student Awards, 72 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY. 

Project Packs and Typefaces

Each brief is accompanied by by a Project Pack that contains any extra materials you will need, which may include logos, brand guidelines, previous campaigns etc. For copyright reasons, typefaces are not supplied with a majority of the briefs, so please use a typeface that is similar or that is complimentary to the brand's aesthetic. 

Images and other Materials under copyright

If you have used images or other materials as part of your submission that may be under copyright, please make clear where you have acquired them when completing your submission.

Further use of work

It may be that the organisation to whose brief you respond wishes to discuss with you the further development and use of your work. Organisations and agencies involved in the awards recognise the importance of including originators in further development or implementation of work. YCN will encourage full communication between parties and assist in discussion at all stages.

Key Dates

Submission deadline: 11.59PM GMT, Thursday 22nd March 2018
Judging: April and May 2018
Commendations published: June 2018
Student Awards Ceremony: September 2018

Return of Work

Supporting physical items will be available for collection from June 2018. Dates and arrangements for collection will be detailed online in advance.
We appreciate that some entrants will be unable to collect work in person, but it may be needed for degree shows. Individual arrangements can be discussed by emailing

Work that has not been arranged to be collected by the end of July 2018 will be recycled.

While absolutely every effort is made to ensure the safety of work, YCN cannot accept responsibility for loss of or damage to work submitted.

Please send any questions at all to We look forward to hearing from you and promise to speedily reply.