To enter, complete and submit the nomination form following the link below. All entries must be received on or before October 31, 11:59 p.m EST (including the video submissions). All entrants must complete the online nomination form (one per person or entry) and remit payment for the entry fee(s) via our online system. For the Young Guitarist of the Year category, entrants have to be 17 or younger on October 31, 2020 and parental or guardian consent is required. The shortlisted finalists will be determined by a panel of judges and will be notified by email on or about Dec 29, 2020. Judges’ decision is final. The winners will be determined from the shortlisted finalists by a combination of a popular public vote, guest judges and our editorial panels. For details of the categories and the criteria for winning, please refer to our “About the Contest” and FAQ available on this website. This contest is administered by Future US, 15th Floor, 11 W 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036.

Entry fees are $30 US Dollars per entry to which you submit for consideration and will not be refunded in any circumstance. All entries are final. Entries are one entry per category however entrants can apply multiple times for different categories, provided the entrant completes the online nomination form, submits a unique video entrant and pays the necessary entry fee(s) for each entry. The use of any automated devices in connection with this promotion is prohibited. Entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. Shortlisted winners and the winner of each category may be asked to provide proof of identity to verify their entry and will be asked to expressly consent to the use of their name and likeness for promotional purposes and for their details to be published, including on Guitar World and Guitar Player. For any underage winner their parent or guardian must consent in writing to the entrant’s participation as described above. The winner for each category will be invited to Future’s studio, either in New York or London, to record a live performance video, shoot their cover photo, and be interviewed by the editors for their features. Where travel abroad is not possible, alternative arrangements will be made for the production of the video, photoshoot and interview. One round-trip domestic flight to New York or one round-trip flight from within Europe to London plus one night's accommodation will be provided per winner (to be booked by Future). All other expenses are not paid for and the winner will be responsible for covering these. For underage winners, their parent or guardian must accompany the winner.


By entering, participants release Future US, Inc and its officers, employees, directors, agents and affiliates with respect to the use of the prize awarded herein, agree to be bound by these rules, and consent to the use of their names and likeness for advertising and/or promotional and/or marketing purposes without additional compensation. Future is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information including, but not limited to technical malfunctions, human error, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof, entry materials that have been tampered with, or mail-in entries that are illegible, late, lost, damaged, postage due or misdirected. Future is not responsible for any injury or damage to participants or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any material in this promotion. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void. Future US, Inc reserves the right to change, merge or delete categories in its absolute discretion and transfer entries in those categories to an alternative category which, in Future US, Inc's sole opinion, is an appropriate alternative category. Any changes to a category will be communicated to entrants prior to the judging process. Future reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this promotion if it becomes technically corrupted or if for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infections by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of Future, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion. Future may, at its sole discretion, modify, postpone or terminate this promotion due to the disruption by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and any governmental or local restrictions which may make this promotion unsafe or impractical to run in part or as a whole.


Employees of Future US, Inc and/or its affiliates and members of their immediate families or those with whom they are domiciled are not eligible. Personal information collected from entrants will be used where applicable in accordance with the respective privacy policy and in accordance with all applicable data protection and privacy laws. The collection of personal information is in accordance with Future’s Privacy Policy found at This promotion shall be governed by the laws of the state of New York, United States.