Submissions to The Board Game Workshop Design Contest 2019

The Board Game Workshop Design Contest 2019

Purchase tickets here:

You will get a link to the submission form once you purchase your ticket.

The purpose of this contest is to give feedback and exposure to unfinished game designs.

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.

The Board Game Workshop reserves the right to remove any entry from the contest for any reason.

You can enter multiple designs.

All unfinished designs are welcome to enter. From the roughest early idea to the most polished prototype, as long as it meets all of the eligibility criteria above. 

Every eligible entry will receive feedback from the judges.

All submitted videos and documents must be in english.

Designers retain all rights to their designs.

Your design may be shared publicly by The Board Game Workshop and contest judges.

There is no age limit for entering the contest. If you are a minor, please get permission from a guardian before entering.

You may enter a game that you entered in last year’s contest, though many of the judges are the same, so if you haven’t made substantial changes you may get similar feedback.

If you have any questions about the eligibility of your design or about the submission process, contact

Entrance Fee: $5 per entry. Purchase tickets here.

Patreon supporters get one free entry.

If the fee is a barrier to entry for you, please contact

Prizes: This year there will be no prizes beyond feedback on your design.

Round One Submission Requirements: 2-minute video, short text description, and entry form. No videos longer than 2 minutes will be accepted.

Round One Submission Dates: Open March 17, 2019 and Close April 21, 2019.

Round One Details


2019 Judges

Last Year’s Contest

You can see last year’s contest here.

Contest Overview

There are three rounds in the contest.

In round one you will pay the $5 entrance fee and submit a 2-minute video showing your game along with a short text description.

Judges will have access to the full list of submissions and choose which games they want to judge. They will be able to see the designers, game names, and descriptions before they choose to watch the video. 

This is an important part of the judging process, and benefits games that can accurately communicate to their target audience.

After they read the description and view the video, the judge will fill out a short survey. They will rate your submission on a scale of 1-5 in Innovation, Elegance, Excitement, Presentation, and Overall. They will also provide at least 2 sentences of written feedback. Their scores and feedback will be shared with you, they may choose to remain anonymous.

The top games from round one will move on to round two. In round two entrants submit a rules pdf and a how to play video. The judging process for round two is similar to round one except that judges will provide at least 4 sentences of feedback.

The top games from round two move on to round three. Entrants in round three will submit a physical prototype of their game. The judges will play the games and rate them on the same criteria as the previous two rounds and give additional written feedback.

You can not submit a game if you are a judge in the contest.

If you have any questions, please send them to or ask them in the discord channel.