Entry Period: 5/7 – 6/4
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Contest Rules & Information:
- The contest is open to all FNAME newspaper members in good standing and must be created by a FNAME newspaper. Not a member? Register @ http://fname.org/memberinformation.asp
- All entries must be original pieces and have been published between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017.
- All entries must include the submission of the entire newspaper page on which the ad originally appeared.
- There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit per category.
- Ads published in newspaper magazines are excluded from all categories except Category 9 – Best Color Ad.
- Agency ads and ready-made ads from services are ineligible.
- If a publishing group creates an ad or promotion that runs in more than one of its papers, and its papers are entered in different circulation divisions, the group must submit the entry under the publication with the highest circulation.
- You must submit a Circulation Verification form by June 1, 2017 to ensure your entries are judged in the correct division.
Submit creative in one of these three Groups based on ABC or CAC Sunday circulation numbers for the period ending December 31, 2016. To verify which division your entries should be placed in, please complete the circulation verification form at www.floridamediacontests.com/circ.
- Group 1 circulation over 125,000
- Group 2 circulation of 50,001 to 125,000
- Group 3 circulation 50,000 and under
Most creative ad featuring such areas as apparel, furniture, appliances, hardware, food and drug, florists or jewelry.
Business to Consumer/Business to Business
Best ad featuring financial, professional or educational services.
Health Care-Auto/Boating-Real Estate
Best ad featuring health care, auto/boating, or real estate. Health Care includes health care providers, including hospitals and nursing homes. Auto/Boating includes automotive or boat dealerships - new or used, repair services, auto aftermarket. Real Estate includes realtors, real estate developers, homebuilders, single or multi-advertiser.
Market Book/Collateral Material
Best market book, research piece, rate card, sales packet and/or other collateral promoting a newspaper or its market.
Best in-paper special section with participation by one or more advertisers, regardless of merchandise.
Dining and Entertainment
Best ad featuring a restaurant, entertainment, travel or tourism.
Best alternative product (editorial or advertorial) featuring a targeted demographic (seniors, health, women’s issues, parenting, etc.)
Best web-print or press-fed insert designed for a single advertiser, for direct mail or in-paper, regardless of merchandise.
Best Color Ad (Magazine only)
Best ad featuring spot or full color regardless of category. Only newspaper magazines are eligible to enter in this category.
Best Cover Design
Any special section.
Submit your best online ad or ad campaign.
Best Multi -Media Campaign
Integrated advertising campaign that includes:
Mobile • Online • Video • Niche Publications • Inserts/Circulars • ROP Other Media • Direct Mail Components.
Best Newspaper Self-Promotion
Best house ad or self-promotion of your newspaper’s products or services.
Friday, August 11, 2017 • 7pm-10pm
Awards will be presented in all 13 categories. Each category will be awarded a Gold FNAME Award for first place, a Silver Award Certificate for second place and a Bronze Award Certificate for third place. There will be no ties.
Grand Awards will go to the newspaper in each circulation group that achieves the greatest number of points based on the number of awards. Gold = 10 Points • Silver = 5 Points • Bronze = 2 Points
Best of Show - The Jay Weimar Award will be awarded to the best ad out of all groups & categories
How do I set up my account?
Visit florida.awardsplatform.com and register by entering your first and last names, email address and a password that you create.
How do multiple people from my newspaper enter the contest?
Each person will need to create an account at florida.awardsplatform.com.
The system said it sent a verification email to me, but I didn’t receive it. What do i do?
First, be sure to check that the email is not in your spam or junk folder. If you are still unable to find it, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How many times may I enter each category?
There are no restrictions. You may enter a category as many times as you like.
What file formats are accepted for uploading?
Accepted file types are PDF, JPG, GIF, and PNG.
What is the file size limit?
The contest platform will allow files up to 20MB each. You may submit multiple files with each entry.
How do I see the entries I’ve created? How do I make changes?
When logged into the website, the black bar on the left-hand side of the screen will have a section called “My entries”. There, you can see all entries you’ve created, as well as their status (“In progress” or “Submitted”). You can edit an entry at any time, even after submission (until the contest period closes), by clicking the name of the entry.
How can I make my PDF files smaller?
Most newspaper PDFs include high-resolution images for printing. However, PDF contest entries will be viewed and judged on a computer monitor, which displays at low resolution (72-96 dpi) in RGB color. Changes in the resolution and color mode of images are the most effective way to reduce file size without sacrificing quality.
a. Resolution: The recommended file resolution is 72-96dpi.
b. Color mode: Converting from CMYK to RGB color will reduce image file size by 25%.
What if I cannot make the files small enough?
If you cannot make your files small enough to load to the website, then you may host larger files from your corporate server or use the free service online at www.issuu.com.
I don’t see all my entries in my payment cart, what do I do?
Do not click the “Submit Entry” button on your entry until you are finished editing all of your entries and are ready to checkout and pay. The payment cart clears itself out after 24 hours so if you submit your entry and do not complete the checkout process within the same 24 hours you will have to go back into each entry and hit the “Submit Entry” button again. If you are not ready to check out with ALL of your entries, click “Save + Close” when done editing an entry. When you are ready to check out, go into each entry and click “Submit Entry”.
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