It's application time for Charleston Fashion Week's Emerging Designer Competition (Deadline extension)

Image by Paul Zoeller/Charleston Fashion Week 2012 finalist Vartika Vikram

Updates are at the bottom:

The 2013 Emerging Designer Competition for Charleston Fashion Week is fast approaching and the organizers are putting out a call for entrants. 

Officially called the "Emerging Designer Competition: East" will narrow down applicants to 20 semifinalists that will then show their designs from Tuesday, March 19, through Friday, March 22, 2013. 

Designers must present collections for Fall 2013, Swimwear/Resort 2014, or Bridal and include 12 looks in total. Semifinalists will be asked to show eight looks the night of their runway presentations.

You can apply online over here — the deadline is October 10.

Here are more details about the competition and prizes:

People's Choice Competition

Each evening during Charleston Fashion Week®, Tuesday, March 19 through Saturday, March 23, 2013, event attendees will have a chance to vote for their favorite Emerging Designer semifinalist shown on the runway. The People's Choice winner will be announced at the end of each evening and will receive a $250 cash prize.

Prize Packages

2013 Emerging Designer Competition: East Grand Prize Winner will receive the following prize package*:

$5,000 cash prize
$10,000 online marketing and promotional package from F22 Designs
Mentoring opportunity with fashion industry leaders week of CFW
Professional hi-quality lookbook images of the Winner's Fall collection photographed by J.Balliet: Photographer
Free runway show at Charleston Fashion Week® 2014
BERNINA Sewing machine compliments of Fashion Fabrics
Signature jewelry piece

2013 Emerging Designer Competition: East People's Choice Winners will receive the following:

$250 cash prize for one Emerging Designer each evening during Charleston Fashion Week®, Tuesday, March 19 – Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Update October 9: This just in: the deadline for submission to be a part of Charleston Fashion Week's 2013 Emerging Designer competition has been pushed to October 19.