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, an artist 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 a subject with or without 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 Canada, and each year's competition has a theme. (See Theme page for more info.)

Drawings may be created using graphite, charcoal, Conté, silverpoint, pen & ink, colored pencil, chalks, or other suitable drawing media. 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 Monday, September 27, 2021. Prizes and awards will be announced Tuesday, October 5, 2021.