2017 Entry Guidelines

To be eligible to enter the competition, each entry must be submitted by a PPC member and converted in their facility. Unless it is a self-promotional piece, each entry must have been produced and sold by a PPC member for the first time between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017.

The packages must be designed to distribute, market, and protect a product and must consist of at least 50% paperboard that is visible to the end user. (Laminated grades made with E-flute, F-flute, and other micro-flute corrugated qualify.) In addition, each entry must not have been submitted into a previous NAPPC competition.

Judges consider all designs the original work of the entrant—and all descriptions and explanations provided—as true, accurate, and complete. Since the judges do not rely on external verification to assess the originality of any design or the truth, accuracy, or completeness of any entry, by submitting an entry into the competition, each company warrants that each entry represents the member's original design; that all information, descriptions, and explanations provided are true and accurate; and that none of the design, information, descriptions, explanations, or any other material provided with the entry violates or infringes upon the intellectual property rights (including any patent, trademark, copyright, or trade secrets), of any other person or entity.

Photographs, displays, or other adornments made solely for the purpose of enhancing the appearance of the carton(s) in the competition—and which are not a part of the material used to display, promote, or market the product commercially—will not be used or considered during the judging process. 

PPC reserves the right to photograph all entries and use photos and entry package submissions as seen fit, including for publicity and exposition displays. Judges and PPC reserve the right to reclassify entries as necessary.

Entries are rated on how well they meet the criteria outlined on the entry form below so the more complete the write-up for each entry, the better the judges will understand your package’s development objectives and impact. Thoroughly answering the entry form questions is vital to receiving the best possible score!

To submit an entr(ies), fill out and submit the entry form.

Deadlines and Fees
June 1    Entry deadline. $195/entry, second and fourth entry FREE!
Aug. 1    Award plaque pre-order.
             First gold or excellence plaque ordered FREE--$279 value!
Oct. 27   Winners announced at the Fall Meeting awards banquet

For more info, email Nicole Miller or call 413.686.9193.

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