2022 Design Contest


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Round One

Round Two


The Board Game Workshop Design Contest is an annual contest for unfinished, analog games. It is open to designers of all ages from around the world. The contest focuses on giving lots of great feedback to every game. Over the past four years we have given over 6,000 feedback forms to over 400 games.

The contest is split into three rounds. In round one designers submit a 2-minute pitch video and a sell sheet. The top seven games in each category (Light, Medium, and Heavy) move on to round two.

In round two each game will be assigned a coach. The coaches are contest judges that meet with the designers to help them prepare their game submission for round 2. This works like a mini mentorship to improve their submission. Round two submissions include a 10-minute video and a full rules document. The top three games in each category move on to round three.

Round three is an online speed pitching event where designers will present their game to multiple publishers and get feedback on their game and presentation.

How to Enter

Submit your game here.

Pay the $10 submission fee. (This fee can be waived if it is a barrier to entry, email chris@theboardgameworkshop.com)

Prepare your submission materials

  • 1 page sell sheet PDF (single sided 8.5”x11” or A4)
  • 2-minute pitch video about your game (Videos longer than 2-minutes will not be accepted.)
  • Game image (optional, image must be no less than 300×300 pixels)
  • Short description of your game (maximum 500 characters. Your description will be searchable by judges, so include helpful keywords.)
  • Your game’s complexity level (light, medium, heavy) Details on complexity.

Fill out the submission form with links to your submission materials. Submit your game here.

Submissions are due June 15, 2022.

Round one submissions will be judged on excitement for your game and how much judges like it overall. The top 7 games in each complexity level will move on to round two.

In round two designers will submit a full rules PDF and 10-minute video for their game. Round two will be judged on the innovation of your game and how much judges like it overall. The top 3 games in each complexity level will move on to round three.

Round three will be a live, online, speed pitching event where designers will pitch their game to multiple publishers.


Schedule Subject to Change, All Deadlines are End of Day UTC -12

Thursday, February 17Submissions Open
Wednesday, June 15Round One Submissions Due
Saturday, June 18Round One Judging Begins
Saturday, July 16Round One Judging Ends
Monday, July 18Round One Results
Friday, July 22Round Two Coaches Assigned
Wednesday, August 31Round Two Submissions Due
Saturday, September 3Round Two Judging Begins
Sunday, September 25Round Two Judging Ends
Wednesday, September 28Round Two Results 
TBDRound Three Submissions Due
TBDRound Three Speed Pitching Event

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, your design must meet all of the following criteria:

  • It must be an analog board game, card game, dice game, or dexterity game.
  • It must be your own intellectual property.
  • It must not be available for sale, preorder, or crowdfunding while it is in the contest.
  • It must not have been available for retail sale or preorder prior to the contest. This does not include print on demand or print and play versions.
  • It must not have been successfully crowd funded prior to the contest.
  • It must not be finished. This means you are willing to make changes to the design to improve it.
  • It must meet our community standards and not contain sexually explicit, racist, or otherwise inappropriate content.
  • The Board Game Workshop reserves the right to remove any entry from the contest for any reason.

Additional Information

  • You retain all rights to your design.
  • You may enter multiple designs.
  • You may enter designs that you have entered in previous years.
  • Every eligible entry will receive feedback from judges in round 1.
  • All submitted videos and documents must be in english.
  • Your submission material will be shared publicly by The Board Game Workshop.
  • There is no age limit for entering the contest. If you are a minor, please get permission from a guardian before entering.
  • If you have any questions about the eligibility of your design, the submission process, or the contest in general, please contact chris@theboardgameworkshop.com.