Design a postcard on the occasion of the Year of Stanisław Lem

The year 2021 marks the centenary of the birth of Stanisław Lem - a Polish philosopher, essayist, and one of the most widely read science fiction writer. His works have been translated into 57 languages and have sold more than 45 million copies in total. On this occasion, the Polish Institute in Vienna has prepared a competition for the design of a postcard.

The year 2021 has been declared the Year of Stanisław Lem by the Polish Parliament. All over the world, including Austria, many projects will be organised this year to commemorate this outstanding writer. The designed postcard will accompany cultural events organised by the Polish Institute in Vienna.

Terms of participation

  1. Anyone can take part in the competition.
  2. Participation in the competition is voluntary and free of charge.
  3. Each participant may submit a maximum of 3 designed postcards.

Technical and formal requirements

Project format: 148mm x 148mm

  1. Maximum file size: 20 MB.
  2. All artistic techniques are acceptable.
  3. The designed postcard must include the following elements:

Front side:

As text: Lem 2021. I’ve seen the future

Reverse side:

Logo of the Polish Institute in Vienna

As text: Polnisches Instituts Wien, Am Gestade 7, 1010 Wien

Author's surname/signature

Deadline for submission of work

Designs in digital format (PDF or JPEG at a printable resolution) should be sent to: by 30 May 2021. The file should be named according to the following formula: author's surname and first name (in that order!). If two or three designs are sent, the appropriate number should be added at the end (e.g.: smith_john_2, smith_john_3). In the title of the email, please write the words "Lem konkurs". The following details must also be provided: name, surname, address, and telephone number.

Designs submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


The jury will be appointed by the organiser of the competition. The jury's verdict is final and cannot be appealed.


The competition will be adjudicated between 7-11 June 2021. Winners will be notified by e-mail.

The following cash prizes include:

  1. prize: EUR 400 (gross)
  2. prize: EUR 300 (gross)
  3. prize: EUR 200 (gross)

For further information on the competition please contact:

Magdalena Bielecka, project manager
Instytut Polski w Wiedniu, Am Gestade 7, 1010 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 533 89 61-15

All details available on the Institute's website in German.