Avoid These Mistakes when Entering the 2014 Product of Excellence Award
“I wish we would have saved our pieces!” We occasionally hear this exclamation as the BIA Product of Excellence Awards draws nearer (the 2014 entry deadline is February 21, in case you were wondering!)
Aside from forgetting to save your year’s best examples of flawless postpress craftsmanship, many of you in binding, finishing, and custom lose-leaf manufacturing have questions about how to submit your entries. So, we have put together seven mistakesthat can bemade when entering the 2014 Product of Excellence Awards—and how to avoid them.
We can’t wait to see your entries! Here’s hoping your craftsmanship is deemed the “best of the best” in 2014!
#1: Not checking the production date
Only submit pieces produced between February 2013 and February 2014. If they were not produced in this time frame, they are not eligible for entry.
#2: Choosing the wrong category
Look carefully at the categorydescriptions and choose the appropriate subcategory for each piece. This way judges can recognize its best attributes, and you increase your chances of winning. However, judges reserve the right to move an entry to a different category if they feel it better meets the criteria for that category. To help you identify the right category, consider:
- The equipment used to produce the piece
- The type of process used
- How the piece is used
See more on rules and judging.
#3: Providing incomplete details
Be sure to complete all information on the entry form. If your product entry forms are not completed thoroughly, they may not qualify for the contest.
#4: Missing submission forms
Attach an entry form to each piece you submit. Remember to submit two copies of each entry and attach the entry form to one copy. This way, the judges can properly identify your pieces and in which category they belong.