How long do design contests take, and what's involved?

For all design categories except for Website and app design, the contest will usually run for 7 days. A customer can end a contest at any time by declaring a winner, but if they don't, the contest will run in 4 stages:

  1. Qualifying round: The first 4 days of the contest are the Qualifying round. During this stage, the contest is open to all designers, and listed on our contest listings page. Designers submit designs, and the contest holder gives them feedback about what they like, and what they don’t. This is the designers’ chance to show off their skills, and the contest holder’s chance to see how responsive designers are to their feedback.
  2. Select finalists: At the end of the Qualifying round, the contest holder has up to 4 days to select up to 6 designers to move into the Final round of the contest. Once this step is complete, the contest will become guaranteed, which means the contest holder will no longer be able to ask for a refund on it.
  3. Final round: The Final round lasts for 3 days. During this round, the contest holder works closely with designers to help them revise the designs to perfection.
  4. Select winner: After the Final round ends, the contest holder has up to 2 weeks to review the submitted designs and select a winner.

The structure of Website and app design contests is the same as the other categories, but the timelines are a bit different. The Qualifying round lasts for 6 days for these contests, and the Final round lasts for 5 days.

Contest holders who need more time at any stage can contact our support team.

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