FAQ

1. How to 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

  • Entries must be produced within the last FIVE (5) calendar years up through the final deadline.
  • Entries may not have been previously entered in the MUSE Design Awards competition.
  • All entries must be submitted for judging exactly as published, aired or implemented and may not be modified for the competition. The MUSE Design Awards may request proof of initial production, publication and/or air date.
  • A written translation or adaptation must accompany non-English entries.
  • Some entries may qualify for multiple categories; if so, treat each entry as a separate submission.
  • The awards reserve the right to re-categorize incorrectly classified entries.
  • Judges reserve the right to withhold an award in a category if submissions do not meet their expectations.

3. Submission Format

How long should my entry brief be?

It is recommended that you keep your synopsis to approximately 350 words. We suggest you utilize this section of your entry to elaborate on the piece as well as the creativity and originality of your idea. The brief should strengthen your entry, as well as providing the jury a better understanding of your project.

Image File

All images should be saved as flattened JPEG, JPG, PNG or PDF (keep them under 5MB; 1,200px 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: info@museaward.com.

Audio/Video


  • 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 it is 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.

Interactive Multimedia

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

4. Who is eligible? (Solo and/or Team)

  • Advertising Agencies
  • Architects
  • Builders
  • Brand / Business Owner
  • Car Designers
  • Creative Boutiques
  • Design firms
  • Engineers
  • Fashion Designers
  • Freelance Professionals
  • Graphic Designers
  • In-house Marketing
  • Interactive Agencies
  • Interior Designers
  • Landscape Designers
  • Product Designers
  • Students

5. How we choose MUSE Design Awards winners?

Entries are judged at random without 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 70 and 84 points are Gold Winners. Entries with a score between 50 and 69 points are Silver Winners.

Winners are informed within three weeks/21 days after the final entry period and judging process concludes. All registered participants can then login to see the winning works.

6. Entry fees & deadlines

Early Bird Entry is $169 for first entry of work. If a work is submitted in more than one category, an additional entry fee for each category is required. Each entrant is charged a one-time $30 administration fee.

Once submitted, entry fees are not refundable. Withdrawn entries (whether withdrawn by entrant or by the MUSE Design 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 FOUR (4) levels of achievement in the competition:

  • Design of the Year (Professional Category Only)
    - Only ONE highest score point from each category will be recognized as Architect/Interior/Fashion/Transit/Product/Packaging Design of the Year.
    - The winner receives a complimentary limited-edition trophy and professionally designed certificate. Additional trophies/certificates must be purchased.
    - Designers of the Year will also receive all winner benefits from the standard winning levels.
  • Platinum Muse (85-100)
  • Gold Muse (70-84)
  • Silver Muse (50-69)

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 and writing, integration, quality of craft, visual design, execution and overall experience.

  • Design of the year
  • Platinum MUSE (85-100)
  • Gold MUSE (70-84)
  • Silver MUSE (50-69)

Entries receiving an average score under 50 do not receive an award.

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 both the statuettes and certificates. Shipping time may be longer during off-season. Statuettes may be ordered from our online store once winners are announced.

Entrants are liable to pay any inbound duties and taxes, should local customs authority deem appropriate.

11. The juries

The prestige of the MUSE Design competition relies in large part on the high caliber of the juries that convene each year to review submissions. The International Awards Associate 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 Associate (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:

  • One professionally designed certificate commemorating the winning entry, which includes entry title, entering company/winners' name and category. Decal will be affixed indicating the level of win.
  • Decal will be affixed indicating the level of win.
  • Top tier (Platinum, Gold, and Silver) winners will be featured on MUSE Design Awards site's Gallery, where professionals can view your work.
  • A press release sent to major industry outlets, celebrating your win.
  • Professionally designed logos for use on websites, in email signatures, etc.
  • In addition to the complimentary certificates, Platinum, Gold, and Silver winners may purchase beautiful MUSE Design Awards statuettes, and/or additional customized certificates.
  • Platinum, Gold, and Silver winners will get featured by MUSE on social media or our media partner on Muse.World’s website.

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 entering the profession of digital media.

The MUSE Design Awards maintains affordable entry fees (the lowest in the advertising 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 MUSE, 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. Copyright & rebroadcasting issues

Entries submitted become the property of International Awards Associate Inc / MUSE Design Awards and cannot be returned. Each entrant, by clicking the box to enter the contest, grants a nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, paid up right to International Awards Associate Inc / MUSE Design Awards to reproduce, perform and display the entries (including, without limitation, in edited form or as part of compilations of entries) at the International Awards Associate Inc / MUSE Design Awards and as part of the live stream on International Awards Associate Inc / MUSE Creative Award's website, otherwise on International Awards AssociateInc / MUSE Creative Award's website and social media pages, in a book compiling images of winning works, and otherwise for educational and editorial purposes and for marketing and promoting the International Awards Associate Inc / MUSE Design Awards on any platform in any media now or hereafter known.

Entrant represents and warrants that it has all necessary rights to grant the rights granted herein. Without limiting the generality of the preceding sentence, entrant represents and warrants it has secured all clearances and permissions for any third-party intellectual property embodied within the entry (including without limitation, clearances/licenses for music and music publishing and trademarks) and any rights of privacy or publicity. Entrant will fully defend, indemnify and hold International Awards Associate Inc / MUSE Design Awards Entities harmless from any costs, expenses and claims incurred by or made against International Awards Associate Inc / MUSE Creative Awards, its parents, affiliated entities, subsidiaries, licensees and assigns resulting from the use of the entries as set forth herein. The person submitting this entry form(s) represents and warrants that he or she has full authority to enter this contest, submit the entry media and grants the rights granted herein. This entry form constitutes the entire agreement of the parties and the entrant warrants and represents that he or she has not relied on any promise or statement not expressly set forth herein.

16. Scam warning: Important information

There are many people and groups that attempt to obtain your money or personal information inappropriately through fraudulent means. Often, these people and groups misrepresent who they are in an effort to deceive you about the legitimacy of what they are claiming. Sometimes, although not always, they will claim that you have won a lottery or sweepstakes and ask that you send them money so that they can release your supposed winnings to you. In such a situation, you should be very careful and fully investigate any and all claims before you send any money. Please be aware that there are many scams that use SMS/e-mail in an attempt to defraud people using methods similar to these, and we warn strongly against your responding to this type of SMS/e-mail without rigorous investigation to establish whether it is of a genuine nature. Generally, you should treat unsolicited communication (e-mail, phone and letters) that offer financial gain with extreme suspicion; be aware that legitimate lotteries rarely, if ever, ask for a fee to release your winnings; you should not pay any requested fee in advance without fully investigating the matter; and you should not provide banking details or other sensitive financial information in response to emails, phone inquiries and letters without a thorough investigation. In recent years we have been aware of instances of individuals and fraudulent organizations that have been sending notices to people falsely claiming that the recipients have won a lottery. These notices falsely claim to be from IAA (MUSE CREATIVE AWARDS, MUSE DESIGN AWARDS, GLOBALTREND AWARDS, VEGA DIGITAL AWARDS) and even have the name and contact information of IAA (MUSE CREATIVE AWARDS, MUSE DESIGN AWARDS, GLOBALTREND AWARDS, VEGA DIGITAL AWARDS) employees along with IAA (MUSE CREATIVE AWARDS, MUSE DESIGN AWARDS, GLOBALTREND AWARDS, VEGA DIGITAL AWARDS) branding. These notices are completely fraudulent, cleverly designed to trick people into sending money for prizes they will never receive. IAA (MUSE CREATIVE AWARDS, MUSE DESIGN AWARDS, GLOBALTREND AWARDS, VEGA DIGITAL AWARDS) is NOT AND HAS NEVER RUN a sweepstake, a lottery OR ANY FORM OF CONTEST OF THESE KINDS and has never asked anyone to wire money to redeem a prize. Please do not respond to any SMS, email, or any other means of communication claiming that you have won a prize. If you have any question as to the validity of an offer, please contact us at iaa@iaaawards.org / info@musecreativeawards.com / info@museaward.com / info@globaltrendawards.com / info@vegaawards.com.

17. 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 Creative Awards. Entrant understands that all awards may not be given or publicized in the same manner or form.

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 Awards. Entrant understands that all awards may not be given or publicized in the same manner or form.