Important Dates

For the 2021 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 2021 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, 2021 the Brief or are unsure which category to enter then please don’t hesitate to contact

Wednesday 31st March 2021

Registration Now Closed

Register by this date before submitting work to the 2021 Prize for Embroidery. Entries received without a registration will not be considered.

Already registered - see the Submission Guidelines
Thursday 1st April 2021

Online portal now open

Click here to submit six images of your work and final designs.*

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*No physical work needs to be submitted at this stage, entrants are only required to send completed work if they become a finalist in the competition.


Wednesday 7th July 2021

Submission deadline, upload portal closes

31st July 2021

Finalists selected

Judges will select the finalists and all entrants will be updated on their progress.

Meet the Judges
31st July - 10th September 2021

Work with your Mentor to Perfect your Submission

Meet the Mentors
Monday 6th - Friday 10th September 2021

Finalists must submit finished work to the Hand & Lock studio in this week.

Final deadline is 5pm on Friday 10th September.

3 – 7 November 2021

Embroidered Arts

Prize exhibition and Prize-giving at Bargehouse London

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