Frequently Asked Questions

PRINT’s design competitions recognizes design excellence. See below for frequently asked questions.

General
Online Entry System

General

What is the current deadline? Will there be an extension available?

Current deadlines are posted on the competitions MAIN page. Any revisions or extensions to posted deadlines will be updated, if they are offered. Extensions are not guaranteed. If an extension is put in place, it will not take place until after the posted deadlines. All deadlines refer to the online entry system submission date (11:59 pm/ EST).

What qualifies?

An entry should no longer be in a creative state; the design project should have been printed, published, posted, aired etc. between the posted date requirements. PRINT assumes all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. PRINT is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant and will not become involved in copyright disputes.

Are there special considerations as to who may/may not enter?

Regional Design Annual: This competition is meant to be a comprehensive survey of U.S. design. Eligible entrants include any art director, designer, illustrator, photographer, typographer, etc., working anywhere in the 50 states or the District of Columbia.

Student Work: A Student entry means that the project was created under the guidance of an instructor with an educational institute. If work falls within the eligibility guidelines, it’s possible for someone who is not currently a student to submit work that they created while they were a student… as long as it was created during a time period that fell during our eligibility period. In this case, they should enter it in the student category since it was created under the guidance of a professor.

Other: Employees of F+W, a Content and Commerce Company, and their immediate families are not eligible.

May I submit physical samples?

No. Entries are to be submitted online only.

Are physical samples returned to the entrant?

We do not accept physical entry samples, files, forms, discs etc.

What if I cannot find my emails from you?

Courtesy emails & payment receipts are triggered automatically once you submit an entry and/or payment method. Please check all filters & junk mail folders etc. and make sure that anything from @fwmedia or @fwcommunity is on your accepted list. Valuable (and often time sensitive) communication regarding your entry (including winner notifications, prize allocations, editorial communication, file requests etc.) is sent via: email & we would hate for you to miss any communication. High traffic, especially around deadlines, may cause delays and may affect time sensitive emails.

We will be sending a check from our accounting department to cover our entry fees. How/when must the check mail?

Select the pay by check option at checkout. Payment must accompany entries. Entries received without payment will be disqualified. Checks should accompany a copy of your entry form, and should include the competition name on the subject line. In order to take advantage of early-bird rates (if offered), check must mail (be postmarked) by the early-bird deadline, otherwise regular rates will apply. Makes checks payable (in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank) to F+W Media, Inc.? Entry fees are non-refundable. Credit card charges will appear on your statement as “F+W Contest” and checks will be processed within 30 days of the contest final deadline.

Mail checks to:

[Competition Name]

10151 Carver Road, Suite 200

Blue Ash, OH 45242 USA

When will we know if our entry was chosen?

Winners are notified on or before the published winner notification date listed in the guidelines. Non-winners are contacted in the weeks following that date, with a courtesy competition status update. Be sure that our email profiles are on your accepted email list to receive the updates.

How can I verify/confirm what I have entered?

Log into your current year’s account & select PRINT next to the title listed for a particular entry. We highly recommend that you print a copy of your forms at the time of submission. Once the competition has closed to the public, you will no longer be able to access your online account or print forms.

Can I enter my work as a series?

If a competition specifically offers a campaign/series entry & entry fee option, it will be listed in the entry fee structure. A campaign/series entry is a single project involving multiple components that are all developed and designed at the same time as part of a cohesive set. The overall strength of the series depends on each individual piece and its function within the campaign.

Campaign/Series examples include:

  • A set of posters and brochure that promote an entire theater season
  • A group of related product packages that includes different flavor variations OR a packaging system that includes multiple formats like cans, bottles and boxes
  • An identity for a retail store that includes business cards, hang tags and shopping bags
  • A wedding invitation suite that includes such things as save-the-dates, invitations, maps, menus etc…

If my entry is accepted, what will you use for reproduction?

If your work is chosen to be featured, we will request necessary reproduction materials, if needed, at a later time. There is no need to contact us with new files or alternative files, as only requested replacement files will be accepted. Be sure that our email profiles are on your accepted email list.

I am a student, may I enter?

Certain competitions offer student specific options. A student entry is any project created for a school assignment. We do not accept personal unpublished work (spec work). The work must be completely original and not utilize content owned by another copyright holder unless the entrant has been granted specific usage rights. If a student project is selected and documentation of specific usage rights cannot be supplied, the project will be disqualified. The entrant is responsible for any copyright infringement issues, PRINT will not become involved in copyright disputes. If you are a student, yet created a piece for an actual client-please enter as a non-student.

I don’t know which category to put my piece in?

Select the category that best represents your entry. If we feel another category is more appropriate, we will switch the category for you, on your behalf.

Can I update or edit credits or files after I submit my entry?

Supply all credits-in full & accurately with your entry, including entry title, on the entry form. Credits are taken directly from the entry form and we cannot guarantee anyone the opportunity to update credits if an entry is chosen to be featured.

 

Online Entry System

How do I set up an account? How do I log in?

Follow the Enter Now link found on the main competition page; this will bring you to the online entry system. The first time you visit the current year’s online entry system, you will be asked to Sign up for an account by creating a login for yourself. If you enter other PRINT competitions, you will need to set up a separate account for each one (you may however use the same log in & password). Once you have signed up for your (competition specific) account, you simply follow the login prompts on the competition main page. A competition log in is NOT the same as the general website log in.

What if I created an account last year but the system is not recognizing me?

Remember, accounts are competition specific & need to be set up each year (for each competition you are entering). A competition log in is NOT the same as the general website log in.

What if I want to start filling out the online entry form but am not ready to complete & submit the entry?

If you would like to start filling out the online entry form but are not ready to submit the entry, you may save your entry as a Draft. Drafts allow for editing of the text within the form; editing of the files/uploads must be done outside of the entry system – upload a new file, to replace an existing file. It is highly recommended that you gather all information before entering, rather than storing drafts.

What if my file is larger than the specified file size limit?

Please note that the thumbnail l image of your file upload may not show correctly if the file is too large, even though the file itself still uploads fine. The thumbnail image is not used for judging, it is only a quick reference for the entrant of the file that was uploaded. Compressed files (ZIP etc.) cannot be uploaded.

Will you confirm receipt of my entry? Payment?

The online entry system will email the submitter an automatic email upon submitting an entry. The email is a courtesy & does not contain entry specifics. To obtain specifics, log in to your account and print the forms for each Submitted entry. Payment receipts are emailed to the cardholder’s email address (if provided) on the payment page.

We will be sending a check from our accounting department to cover our entry fees. How/when must the check mail?

Select the pay by check option at checkout. Payment must accompany entries. Entries received without payment will be disqualified. Checks should accompany a copy of your entry form, and should include the competition name on the subject line. In order to take advantage of early-bird rates (if offered), check must mail (be postmarked) by the early-bird deadline, otherwise regular rates will apply. Makes checks payable (in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank) to F+W Media, Inc. Entry fees are non-refundable. Credit card charges will appear on your statement as “F+W Contest” and checks will be processed within 30 days of the contest final deadline.

Mail checks to:

[Competition Name]

10151 Carver Road, Suite 200

Blue Ash, OH 45242 USA

 

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