The Gulf Coast Ethnic and Heritage Jazz Festival has begun its annual poster contest a little earlier on the calendar. It’s hoped the extra time will allow more entrants than in years past.

The 17th version of the annual event takes place July 27 through Aug. 2. The contest is open to all artists who are limited to one entry each.

Each entry must be:
An original, unpublished two-dimensional work b the submitting artist;

In any medium;

Include the words “Gulf Coast Ethnic & Heritage Jazz Festival” and “Mobile, Alabama,” as well as the year “2015;”

24 inches high by 18 inches wide;

Mounted on white core foam;

Received at GCEHJF offices at 56 St. Joseph St., Suite 1311, Mobile, Ala., 36602 by May 1, 2015 with a completed entry form available at gcehjazzfest.com.

Entries are to be judged and a winner notified in May. The winner’s work or portions thereof may be used as the festival poster and on other promotional materials and items.

A $200 cash prize is awarded. The winner will also receive a booth for display and sale of artwork during the festival’s Jazz at the Temple event on Saturday, Aug. 1.

For more information, go to the website or phone 251-459-2298.