Stats on my art competition applications in 2013.
Last year, I applied to 34 art competitions.*
I applied to: 11 residencies, 8 exhibitions/museum submissions, 6 fellowships, 4 studio programs, 3 grants & awards, and 2 professional development programs.
I received: 1 residency, 1 grant, and 1 professional development program.
I was also informed that I was a finalist for 2 residencies and 1 award.
My overall success rate was 3 out of 34, or 1 in 11.3, or 8.8%.
I paid $280 in application fees for 9 applications.
The most expensive was a residency at $45, followed by a residency and fellowship at $40 each. The lowest fee was $10 (to submit work for review to a museum). Twenty-five applications were free.
(*This amount of applications in one 12-month period is a quirk due to the fact that my “goal-year” starts in June. To meet my goal of 24 applications per year, I did 7 in the second half of 2012, and now I only need to do 10 more this spring.)