The National Endowment for the Humanities has launched a nationwide contest to design a new National Humanities Medal to be awarded annually by the president to the nation’s most distinguished leaders in the humanities.
The National Humanities Medal is given every year in a White House ceremony to individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened citizen engagement with humanistic fields, or helped preserve and expand access to resources in humanities areas. See a complete list of past National Humanities Medal recipients.
The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2013. The prize-winning design should be beautiful, reflect the humanities, and be easily replicable as a medal. The winner will be announced in April 2013. The creator of the winning design will receive a $3,000 prize and an invitation to the unveiling of the final medal in Washington DC. The new medal design will premiere at the 2013 National Humanities Medals ceremony and will serve the Endowment far into the future.