Key Dates for Your Diary

for the 2019 H&L Prize for Embroidery

Every September the Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery begins its 14 month cycle concluding the following year in November.

The process starts with entrants registering though the H&L website and concludes with an exciting live judging in London.

If you are entering the 2019 Prize this page will remind you where we sit in the schedule and what deadlines or key dates are looming.

Detailed below are the all important deadlines for registering, uploading images of you work in progress and for submitting final physical pieces.

If you have any questions about the schedule, 2019 the Brief or are unsure which category to enter then please don’t hesitate to contact

1st September 2018

2019 Prize Opens

You must register by this date before submitting work to the 2021 Prize for Embroidery. Entries without registration will not be considered.

29th March 2019

Prize Registration Closes

A dedicated online upload portal will open from 1st April - 5th July* on the Prize homepage for you to submit six images

*Six images must comprise of three research images (concept, mood boards, embroidery samples, etc.) and three images that show your final design or, if not yet completed, what your final design will look like. Please note that judges will use these images to determine who goes through to the next round and it is vital they understand your overall vision.


5th July 2019

Online Design Portal Closes

The portal will close at Midnight on July 5th 2019. Any entries received after this time will not be eligible for the competition

2nd August 2019

Finalists Selected

All entrants notified if they are through to the next round. You will be contacted by 2nd August and, if successful, allocated a mentor.

20th September 2019

Deadline for Work to be Received at Hand & Lock

Final pieces must be received at the Hand & Lock studio in London by 17:00 on Friday 20th September 2019.

20th and 21st November 2019

2019 Prize Exhibition

A pop up two day exhibition at the Great Hall, Bishopsgate Institute. Tickets are £6.50.

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21st November 2019. 6pm - 8.30pm

2019 Prize Giving

Invite only awards evening where our lucky winners are announced.