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1. How Do I Submit Entries?

Entry is simple. Submission is online and is completed in 4 simple steps::

  1. Register - or login if you are already a registrant.
  2. Fill in the simple online submission form--remember you can select multiple categories for each entry.
  3. Upload JPEG/PNG and PDF files, as needed
  4. Add to Cart. Then, add more categories or checkout and pay.

Entries may be submitted in more than one category at an additional cost. No additional materials are needed for most categories. In a few, such as campaigns that include a plan or report, submit the materials you presented to your client. If one is not available, offer a brief summary of objectives, challenges and solutions.

2. Submissions:

3. Submission Format

Image File
All images should save as flattened .pdf, .png or .jpg (keep under 4 MB; 1,000 px wide is preferable, 300dpi, CMYK).

What if I have trouble uploading my images?

First, check that the image does not exceed the maximum size of 4MB and 1,000 px wide, that it is the right format (JPG or PNG) and that the file name contains only letters or numbers. Once you've checked that these things are in order, try to upload your images again. If you're still having trouble after this, contact our support staff at:

Upload video/audio to Vimeo/YouTube/Youku.
Paste the URL link into the URL field.

Entries with audio/video must be submitted with a direct URL that will take judges directly to the work. If password protected you must provide a username and password for judging purposes. Web Videos entered are judged solely on the content provided. Upload a PDF brief if explanation is required before evaluation of the work.

Judging is blind. DO NOT identify your company's name on any host page.

Interactive Multimedia:

Please provide the direct URL link and any required username or password.

DO NOT identify the your company name on any host page.

4. Who Is Eligible? (Solo and/or Team)

5. How We Choose Muse Design Awards Winners

Entries are judged at random with comparison to other entries in a category. Work is evaluated on criteria determined by the job's requirements (see Judging Criteria). Freelancers are not compared to design firms in the same category.

To ensure high standards of high quality, a category may have multiple winners or no winners. Work is critiqued rated by consensus, with the panel-faq of judges determining a rating on a scale of 100 points. Winners with a score between 85 and 100 points are Platinum Winners. Entries with a score between 75 and 84 points are Gold Winners. Entries with a score between 65 and 74 points are Silver Winners. Entries with a score between 50 and 64 points are Quest Winners. Entries with a score between 40 and 49 points receive honorable mention.

Winners are informed within 14 days after the final entry period & judging process concludes. All registered participants can then login to see the winning works.

6. Entry Fees & Deadlines

Early Bird Entry is $160 for first entry of work, campaign or plan. If a work is submitted in more than one category, an additional entry fee for each category is required. Fees are non-refundable. Withdrawn entries (whether withdrawn by entrant or by the MUSE Awards for entrant's failure to comply with the entry rules) will NOT be refunded.

7. Levels of Winning and Number of Winning Entries

What are the levels of winning and how many awards are given in the Muse Design Awards competition?

There are five levels of achievement in the competition:

All Platinum, Gold, Silver and Rose Gold winners will receive:

The number of awards presented by Muse Design Awards is determined by the number of submissions in a given category, the scoring range and the number of tie scores.

8. Judging Criteria

Judging is blind. All entrant information is removed from entries to prevent bias/conflict of interest. Judges score on a scale of 1-100, based on the work's demonstrated creativity, concept & writing, integration, quality of craft, visual design, execution and overall experience.

Student entries are evaluated separately from professional entries and are scored in the same manner. Student winners are distinguished by the same award levels as professional entries.

9. Can I send a sample of my product to the competition? If so, will it be returned to me and do I need to send a return-handling fee?

It is not required that you send actual sample of your product to the competition. Images and a description of the product are sufficient.

10. Trophy/Statuette & Certificate Shipping Time

Winner awards are custom-made. Statuettes and certificates ship directly from the manufacturer. Please allow 8-12 weeks for statuettes, 5-8 weeks for certificates. Shipping time may be longer during off-season. Statuettes may be ordered from our online store once winners are announced.

11. The Juries

The prestige of the Muse Design Awards competition relies in large part on the high caliber of the juries that convene each year to review submissions. The International Awards Associates Inc (IAA) seeks to assemble juries that represent the breadth of the profession, including private, public, institutional, and academic practice, and exemplify diversity in professional experience, geography, gender, and ethnicity.

12. The Muse Design Awards Sponsors?

This awards program is conducted by International Awards Associates (IAA), Inc. The IAA is not tied to any advertiser, magazine, trade association, ad club or other outside influence.

The IAA is an independent, international organization focused on creating a community of marketing creativity, effectiveness and excellence. It conducts impartial, 'blind' judged competitions and, once completed, it recognizes, celebrates and promotes creative, effective and marketing excellence in those winning companies and individuals.

Its judging process is designed to be impartial and free from outside influences by withholding both the names of the judges on its panel-faqs as well as the contestant's names throughout the entire evaluation process. Both judge and contestant names are withheld until after award winning entries are selected. This anonymity shelters all involved from any vested interest which may attempt to influence the judges' opinions or the judging process.

13. What do the winners receive?

Each year, the Muse Design Awards honor the best in creativity from around the globe, while you give us a glimpse into the future of the profession. Winners receive:

14. Why must winners' trophies be purchased?

The Muse Design Awards mission is to recognize outstanding creativity in firms that otherwise are overshadowed by large firms' budgets, which dominate most other marketing communications competitions. We also want to extend and encourage students to enter and compete on their own level, gaining valuable experience before entering the profession of digital media.

The Muse Design Awards maintains affordable entry fees (the lowest in the marketing awards industry) to allow start-ups, one-person firms and young people the opportunity to enter, as well as firms from countries where the exchange rate or the economic conditions would otherwise make entering impossible.

If an entrant is recognized as a winner, there is no additional fee. Many other awards programs charge an acceptance fee. With the Muse Design Award's, once you've won, you've won; there is no additional fee.

If a winner decides they want a statuette, the Muse Design Awards makes them available for purchase and orders them from its manufacturer. This offering process allows the Awards to maintain low entry fees and prevent non-winners' subsidy of winners.

Some winners choose not to receive a physical memento. Their priority is the prestige of recognition and the exposure the comes with it. Others choose to order statuettes and/or certificates for individuals on their creative team as well as their client. It's all up to the winners!

15. Terms and Conditions

Muse Design Awards assumes all entries are original and the entrant either owns the submission or has permission from a client or other appropriate party to enter the work, with all rights granted therein. In the event that an entrant without such rights submits an entry, the entrant will not be eligible for the competition. Muse Design Awards is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant. Submission of any entry acknowledges the right of Muse Design Awards to use it for exhibition and publication in any medium, however work entered into the competition can remain private upon written request from the entrant.

Timely submission of an entry meeting the eligibility requirements and payment of the entry fee as stated herein ensures that an entrant's work will be reviewed and considered for recognition. No other representation or warranty is made by Muse Design Awards concerning entries and all implied warranties are hereby expressly disclaimed.

If an entrant's submission receives an award, the manner and details of announcing such nomination and award is strictly within the discretion of Muse Design Awards. Entrant understands that all awards may not be given or publicized in the same manner or form.