Cachetmakers Contest Opens

AFDCS Holds Annual Cachet Contest; The Year's Best FDC Designs To Be Chosen In 16 Categories + 2 For Youth

Entries are now being accepted for the American First Day Cover Society's annual cachet contest. The best FDC designs from 2011 will be chosen in 16 categories.

The deadline for entries is April 15, 2012. Those entering covers must be members of the AFDCS. (Youth cachetmakers need only be related to an AFDCS member.)

The entry fee for adults is $5 if the cover is donated to the Society, or $10 if the cachetmaker wants the FDC returned. A complete set of rules can be found in the December 1, 2011 issue of First Days, the official AFDCS journal or downloaded here.

A cachet is the artwork on a first day cover envelope that complements the new stamp. These designs can be as simple as a few words of text or as complicated as an oil painting or mosaic. Typically, the media used in the entries to an AFDCS cachetmakers contest range from colored pencils and markers to acrylic paints, woodblock prints and movable parts.

Some of the categories include hand-painted; hand-colored; computer-produced; one-color; event (not first-day) covers; Rookie of the Year and two age groups for young cachetmakers. Other categories are available as well. There is also the top award, which cites what the three judges feel is the best cachet submitted in the entire contest, regardless of the media used. In each category except noncommercial and youth, a minimum of ten identical covers must be produced.

Last year’s winner, Tom Peluso of New York, entered a first day cover for the Year of the Tiger stamp (above). It also won the Computer or Copier Art/Two colors or more category.

As winner of the top award, Peluso may enter the contest again, but his 2011 cachets are not eligible for the top award.

The results of the contest will be announced at Friday evening, August 10, at AMERICOVER 2012 in Irvine, Calif., and later that evening online.

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