Submission Guidelines

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1. Registration

Registration is easy—visit, choose a category, then fill in the details. Please be sure to print and attach the corresponding confirmation form to each entry. Entries without a confirmation form attached will not be included in the competition. 

2. Confirmation Forms

Upon completing the registration and online payment process, please print the confirmation form and mail or drop it off with your entries. An entry confirmation form printout must be secured (paper clipped or taped) to the back of each entry—therefore, you will want to print multiple copies for entries with more than one item. This allows entries to be tracked throughout the judging process and maintain anonymity.

3. Entry Preparation

Entries are considered either a single category or an integrated campaign. Variations of one entry are considered a single entry (for example, packages for different flavors or sizes of the same product). Integrated Campaign entries refer to systems that cross multiple applications, such as stationery, email templates, on-site signage, etc. for the same client. 

Any entry that has a physical component must have a physical entry submitted. Entries are only judged by a physical submission (samples). Environmental designs (or 3D work too large to submit) may be photographed. Only digital entries (websites, apps etc.) are judged on screen.

The digital file upload portion of the registration process is NOT how entries will be judged. It is solely for the display of winning entries on the site.

Please be sure to print and attach the corresponding confirmation form to each entry. Entries without a confirmation form attached will not be included in the competition. 

For printed work, please submit one copy of the finished piece, mounted on black board, if necessary, and well protected.

For three-dimensional work please submit one three-dimensional piece, unmounted but well protected.

For oversized, larger three-dimensional work, such as environmental design, work MUST be submitted as a photo or print. Please submit one copy of a high-resolution photo or print mounted on black board and well protected.

For interactive entries: Please submit a link in the Files section during the online registration process. 

  • Websites will be viewed online. Please include any necessary instructions. 
  • For app entries, please include a link to the app store and any download codes if necessary.
  • If an interactive element is part of an Integrated Campaign, please mount prints of individual pages on black board at a presentable size in addition to submitting the link via the online registration process.

Proofs or computer printouts will not be accepted, with the exception of student entries. All winning submissions will be displayed AS-IS—whatever is submitted will be shown in the awards exhibition

Please note, we are unable to return entry submissions for any category. 

4. Entry Submission

If mailing your entries, clearly mark each package with the mailing address below to ensure your packages arrive. All packages must arrive by April 15, 2019 to be considered for the competition. If there are multiple packages, please clearly mark the outside with “1 of 2” and “2 of 2” etc. 

If dropping off your entries, clearly mark each package with your name or company name. If there are multiple packages, please clearly mark the outside with “1 of 2” and “2 of 2” etc. All packages must be received by April 15, 2019 to be considered for the competition. 

5. Payment

Payment must be made via at the time of registration. No cash or checks will be accepted.  

6. Rights and Permissions

Winning entrants grant AIGA Cleveland the right to reproduce the winning entries on the AIGA Cleveland Design 730 Competition website, Winning entries may also appear on, and in any and all materials and media produced for promotional purposes. 

7. More Information

Visit for details related to the competition and the Awards Reception on May 24, 2019 or contact

Deadline to Submit: EXTENDED to Saturday, April 27, 2019

Entry Fees: 

Member: $50
Student Member: $20
Non-Member: $100
Student Non-member: $40

Entry Drop Off Only:

29325 Chagrin Blvd, 100, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44122
Entries may be delivered in person to the AIGA Cleveland representative at the times listed below: 

Saturday, April 6, from 9:30am–11:00am or 
Saturday, April 13, from 9:30am–11:00am.
Saturday, April 27, from 9:30am–11:00am

Entries may also be delivered at the following upcoming events:

Thursday, April 25 at the April Community Meeting
Friday, April 26 at the Student Portfolio Review

Entry Mailing Only:

AIGA Cleveland
PO Box 6224 Cleveland, OH 44101




Winning entries will be on display at the AIGA Cleveland Design 730 Exhibition, at GLO Cleveland, as well as published on 

The number of winners in each category may vary from year to year depending on the caliber of work submitted. In addition to the winners in each category, each judge will select one (1) Judges’ Choice (3 in total), then collectively select one (1) Best in Show.

Special thanks to our partners:

Angstrom Graphics
GLO Cleveland  

Identity provided by Dean Sweetnich


AIGA Cleveland is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. 

Partners & Sponsors

AIGA Cleveland is honored to host the biennial competition for the Cleveland design community through the generous support of our partners.