The poster must be designed for Graphic Communications Week which typically revolves around Benjamin Franklin’s birthday (January 17). The theme could encompass anything that symbolizes the power and importance of printed communications.


Students from any secondary or post-secondary school are eligible. Work must be submitted through a Current GCEA Member.


$300 for the first prize winner. Additional amounts will be awarded for second and third prize winners. If more than one student created a winning design, the prize money will be divided among the students.

Instructors, submit your student entries here:

Combine the completed entry form .pdf with your poster design .pdf to create a 2 page .pdf. Please read the Requirements and Guidelines and the Entry Form for more information about submission of files.

Contest Information and Resources

Past Winners

  • 2017 Winning Posters

    • 1st - Ben Alberti, Western Technical College | Download (165.20 KB)
    • 2nd - Janae Whillock, College of the Ozarks | Download (1.25 MB)
    • 3rd - Sarah Tschanz, Western Technical College | Download (1.13 MB)
  • 2016 Winning Posters

    • 1st - Meghan LaPointe, Western Technical College | Download (988.82 KB)
    • 2nd - Melanie Stefka, University of Houston | Download (1.86 MB)
    • 3rd - Kim Vaughter, Western Technical College | Download (2.00 MB)
  • 2015 Winning Poster

    • Ranyah Al-Hebshi | Download (204.02 KB)
  • 2013 Winning Poster

    • Jose Soto Hernandez, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY | Download (4.58 MB)
  • 2012 Winning Poster

    • Jesse Ward, Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, Lancaster PA | Download (344.97 KB)
  • 2011 Winning Poster

    • Christopher Yankey, College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout MO | Download (2.33 MB)
  • 2010 Winning Poster

    • Susan Waltz, Western Technical College, La Cross WI | Download (135.31 KB)
  • 2009 Winning Poster

    • Jake Stoltzfus, Thaddeus Stevens College, Lancaster PA | Download (191.39 KB)