Please read this page carefully (particularly the Submission Guidelines)  before you make your submission. Also please take a look at Terms and Conditions FAQs before contacting us- the answer to your question may already be there. Good luck!

Submission guidelines

Before you start you may want to prepare your submission material first; this will save time and minimise complications when you complete the submission form. You cannot make alterations to your entry after you have submitted.

Please Note

If you are having difficulty making your submission please check that you have completed all fields correctly. You cannot submit your application unless this information is provided.

Deadline for entries: Midnight on Sunday 8 September

We strongly recommend that you do not leave your submission until the last moment.   

1 Your contact details

We will need your contact details: name, email address, postal address/city/postcode and either a landline phone or a mobile number.

2 Artist’s statement

Please submit a short (100-300 word) statement about your painting practice. You may want to compose it first and then paste it into the box on the form. Please avoid using any complicated formatting or links in your statement as these won’t be retained.

3 Website and social media

You can optionally add the URL of your artist website, along with your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook names if you wish. This will allow us to tag you in social media posts if you are successful in making it through to the longlist.

4 Upload five images

We need images of five individual paintings. Paintings created before 2016 are not eligible. Works cannot be longer than 220cm on any side. The images should be .jpg files of good quality and medium to high resolution. We recommend between 960 and about 3000 pixels width. As a guideline file sizes will probably be up to about 1.5 or 2Mb (maximum per image 3Mb).

Note: If you try to upload too large a file or a file in the wrong format you will see an error message or cause the submission process to fail.  Upload .jpg or .jpeg only – we cannot accept PNG, TIFF, PSD (Photoshop) or HEIC format (i.e from iPhones). The web has plenty of helpful information on how to photograph, re-size and convert your images.

Painting details

We will also need some details about each painting:

  • Title (which can be in upper and lower case eg: Open the door for Lucy) or else leave as Untitled
  • Medium, plus year in brackets eg: Oil and wax on canvas (2017)
  • Dimensions in cm height x width x depth max 220cm on any side.
  • Special hanging requirements if applicable

5 Pay and submit

The submission fee is £20. Payment by bank card is taken on submission through our ‘Stripe’ account. Once your payment has been taken and your form submitted you should see a short confirmation message on screen; you can then click elsewhere or close the browser tab (please don’t use the back button or refresh as this may try to submit a second copy or take another payment!)

6 Confirmations

You should then receive an email from confirming receipt of your submission. This will include your submission id number. Please keep this as a reference in case of any submission or technical queries.

Within a few moments you should also receive a second email from Contemporary British Painting Prize This is your receipt for payment which should also be retained for future reference.

You should receive your confirmation email within 30 minutes. Please check your spam folder. If you do not receive the confirmation email please contact

Help and Support

If you are having difficulty making your submission please check that you have completed all fields correctly. You cannot submit your application unless this information is provided.

Questions about the overall submission process

For general questions regarding submission criteria not covered by FAQs please contact Phil Illingworth: If you are having technical difficulties please see below:

Help with technical problems

If you encounter problems using the submission form please make sure you are entering all the information correctly and that your images are in the correct file format. Please direct any technical queries to John Wallett:

Finance-related queries

If your enquiry is about finance or payments please contact Amanda Ansell:

Failed payments

If your payment does not go through please contact Amanda Ansell: