About the competition
Since its launch in 1980, the Fringe Schools Poster competition has inspired over 100,000 young people from across Scotland to develop a creative mindset.
This year, we would like Scottish schoolchildren to design the official poster image of the Fringe. Winning posters will be on display at a summer exhibition in Edinburgh, and on merchandise sold in the edfringe shop.
- Submissions to be made in three age categories:
- Primary 1 – Primary 3
- Primary 4 – Primary 7
- Senior 1 – Senior 6
- One winner will be selected from each age category resulting in three winning poster designs in 2018.
- An additional 14 regional winners will be selected.
- Over 150 other shortlisted entries will also be included in the final exhibition.
We are delighted to announce that Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng is the 2018 Schools Poster Competition champion artist. Find out more here.
How to enter
- Check out the creative brief.
- Use our new teaching resources as an inspiration point or full lesson plan.
- Create your designs.
- Complete the online form to register your class. If you are registering entries in more than one age category please complete separate registration forms for each category.
- Use our label template to create labels and clearly mark the pupil’s name / group name, age, year group, school and region on the back of each poster.
- Submit the posters (fully labelled) via post or in person (Monday – Friday, 10:00 - 18:00) to Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, 180 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QS.
- Or upload digital versions of posters online here.
In the interest of a greener competition, we have moved the registration form process online. Paper forms can be made available upon request.
Three winners will be selected to have their designs become the official Fringe poster. Their artwork will feature in the Schools Poster Competition exhibition and they will be invited attend the prize-giving ceremony at Dynamic Earth. The three winners will also receive:
- £150 Arts & Culture voucher
- £150 cash prize each
The top three winners schools/teachers will also receive:
- £250 Arts & Culture voucher
- £250 cash prize
14 regional winners will have their artwork featured in the Schools Poster Competition exhibition and will be invited to the prize-giving celebration.
Creative Stars award
The Creative Stars award is given to an individual pupil, teacher, class or school who go the extra mile in creating their Fringe poster design.
In 2017, the winners of this award were Castlebrae Community High School Lunchtime Art Club. For their Fringe poster competition entry, second year pupils took part in a collaborative workshop. Seven pupils worked together and were keen to ensure everyone’s point of view was expressed in the final artwork. Using their own bodies to create shapes, each pupil took turns to model and draw. The children learned about compromise, while piecing together the final image.
This entry won due to the collaborative approach that also involved physical movement. The final image echoed the inclusive and diverse nature of the Fringe.
Make sure you fill in the additional information field in registration field to ensure you or your class can be considered.
The 2018 Fringe Schools Poster Exhibition will open to the public at Dynamic Earth in May/June 2018. The exhibition will be free of charge to the public and will be open until the end of August 2018.
The exhibition will be launched with a special prize-giving ceremony at Dynamic Earth. Our top three winners, regional winners and shortlisted entries will be showcased at the event and friends, family and teachers will be invited to celebrate these incredible achievements at a Fringe-themed event.
Stuck wondering what the Fringe is and how to explain it to your class? Check out our video explaining all about the world’s greatest art festival in two minutes!
- Download the competition poster
- Download the Creative brief
- Drama: early years lesson plan
- Expressive art: middle years lesson plan
- Literacy: upper years lesson plan
- 2018 Fringe Schools Poster Competition launch - Wednesday 11 October 2017
- Competition deadline for entries - 17:00 on Friday 09 March 2018
- Schools notified by post - May 2018
- Prize-giving ceremony and exhibition launch - May / June 2018
- Edinburgh exhibition open for public viewing - May / June 2018 - 29 August 2018
Frequently asked questions
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Terms and conditions
- The competition is only open to pupils studying in Primary 1 to Senior 6 as part of the 2017/2018 academic year from schools in Scotland.
- Entries must be received by 17:00, Friday 09 March 2018. Late entries will not be accepted.
- Teachers entering scanned images of artwork must retain the original artwork. If shortlisted for exhibition, we will require the original artwork to be sent.
- Only posters that win a place in the exhibition will be retained by the EFFS. We cannot return or offer collection for any other entries due to the scale of entries we receive. Posters featured in the exhibition can be collected from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society office from Monday 03 September 2018
- Entrants in the Fringe Schools Poster Competition 2018 shall assign to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society in perpetuity, all copyright of their artwork.
- The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society reserves the right to use part of, or the entire image of, the artwork submitted to the Fringe Schools Poster Competition 2018 on any Fringe merchandise or promotional material.
- Submissions that do not meet the deadline, entry specifications or are not labelled clearly will not be considered.
- The Schools that have shortlisted posters (including the winners and regional winners) will be notified in May 2018 by post and email. All communications will be done through the nominated contact at the school.