One of the most popular and successful of ACI programs is the annual awards contest, which recognizes excellence and promotes craft improvement through competition. This year, for the first time, member agencies and organizations will be able to enter the contest online. This means no physical paperwork to fill out and no need to use the U.S. Postal Service or costly overnight delivery services to send in your entries. To help offset the cost of the online system, members agreed to raise the awards entry fee from $30 to $40.

The contest is now open for entries. There’s lots to learn, so go ahead – explore:

That is where you’ll find more information about the contest, plus a “Register” button to get you started. After you register, login anytime to create and manage entries.

Here’s something that hasn’t changed: all categories have limits on the number of entries per agency or organization. These are stated in the rules for each category. If you think more than one person at your workplace might submit to the same category, potentially exceeding the limit, a little discussion now might save headaches later on!

This online platform is new for everybody, and it’s for certain we will learn things as we go along. A six-person support team is standing by to help you with details of the new process (see the “Categories” tab on the contest site for names and contact information). You are also welcome to contact Awards Committee Chair Julie Hammonds anytime for help!

Submission deadline is March 1, but why wait until the last minute, especially with a new system to get acquainted with?

To enter, your agency or organization must be a member in good standing, which means your dues must have been paid by Dec. 31, 2016. Check with Treasurer Judy Stokes if you have any question about whether your agency is a member in good standing.

The awards competition attracts lively participation among members. First-, second- and third-place winners receive plaques. Professionals from the public and private sector evaluate all entries and offer written, constructive critiques. ACI’s Awards Committee strives to provide a variety of categories so that smaller member organizations as well as larger ones may find areas in which to compete. Winners are announced at a gala awards banquet during the annual summer conference.


Past winners:

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