The Martha's Vineyard Drawing Prize is a competition established to encourage the pursuit of excellence in drawing.

The competition is sponsored by artist Elizabeth R. Whelan, a painter and printmaker living on the island of Martha's Vineyard. She believes that solid drawing skills are not only useful in creating artwork of all types, but can also be employed in the creation of beautiful drawings ranging from the immediate sketch to the fine classical rendering, from the contemporary abstract to the exploration of subject without the distraction of color.

Drawing competitions are not as common as those for painting, and many artists who enjoy and excel at drawing find few outlets for their talents. The Martha's Vineyard Drawing Prize provides a means to bring attention to the beauty and accessibility of drawing in all its forms.

The Martha's Vineyard Drawing Prize is open to artists 18 years and older who reside in the US, and this year's theme is 'The Ties That Bind'.

Drawings may be created using graphite, charcoal, Conté, silverpoint, pen & ink, or other suitable drawing media, on paper or board. This is an online-only competition so there is no size restriction, and no need to frame and ship your work.

Submissions to the competition can be made via the Call for Entry website, and the deadline is Sunday, July 28, 2019. Prizes and awards will be announced Sunday, August 11, 2019.