FNAME Creative Excellence Contest

Postponed until 2021

Entry Period: 3/23/20 – 4/20/20

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Contest Rules & Information:

RULES
The 2020 FNAME Creative Excellence Contest has been postponed until 2021. Next year, two years of entries will be accepted and awarded.
  • Contest will open for entries 3/23/20 and close at 11:59 pm on 4/20/20
  • The contest is open to non-members. Price per entry for non-members is $24 ($12 for members) Want to pay the member rate? Become an FNAME member @ http://fname.org/join
  • All entries must be original pieces and have been published between April 16, 2019 and April 15, 2020.
  • All entries must include the submission of the entire page on which the ad originally appeared.
  • There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit per category.
  • Magazines are eligible to enter in every category
  • Agency ads and ready-made ads from services are ineligible.
  • Entrants may submit in-house or outsourced creative ads.
  • 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 May 31, 2020 to ensure your entries are judged in the correct division.
  • The cost of shipping awards not picked up at the conference will be charged to the entrant’s newspaper.
DIVISIONS
The 2020 FNAME Creative Excellence Contest has been postponed until 2021. Next year, two years of entries will be accepted and awarded. Submit creative in one of these three Groups based on AAM or CVC Sunday circulation numbers for the period ending December 31, 2019. To verify which division your entries should be placed in, please complete the circulation verification form. NEW DIVISIONS THIS YEAR!
  • Group 1 - circulation 50,000 and over
  • Group 2 - circulation under 50,000
In categories with circulation divisions, if there are fewer than five entries by three publications in any division, those entries will be combined with the next closest division for judging.
CATEGORIES
The 2020 FNAME Creative Excellence Contest has been postponed until 2021. Next year, two years of entries will be accepted and awarded. Category 1 Display Advertising Most creative ad featuring such areas as apparel, furniture, appliances, hardware, food and drug, florists or jewelry.
Category 2 Business to Consumer/Business to Business Best ad featuring financial, professional or educational services.
Category 3 Health Care Best ad featuring health care. Health Care includes health care providers, including hospitals and nursing homes.
Category 4 Auto/Boating Best ad featuring auto/boating. Auto/Boating includes automotive or boat dealerships - new or used, repair services, auto aftermarket.
Category 5 Real Estate Best ad featuring real estate. Real Estate includes realtors, real estate developers, homebuilders, single or multi-advertiser.
Category 6 Market Book/Collateral Material Best market book, research piece, rate card, sales packet and/or other collateral promoting a newspaper or its market.
Category 7 Special Section Best in-paper special section with participation by one or more advertisers, regardless of merchandise.
Category 8 Dining and Entertainment Best ad featuring a restaurant, entertainment, travel or tourism.
Category 9 Niche Publication Best alternative product (editorial or advertorial) featuring a targeted demographic (seniors, health, women’s issues, parenting, etc.)
Category 10 Inserts Best web-print or press-fed insert designed for a single advertiser, for direct mail or in-paper, regardless of merchandise.
Category 11 Best Color Ad Best ad featuring spot or full color regardless of category. Only newspaper magazines are eligible to enter in this category.
Category 12 Best Cover Design Any special section.
Category 13 Digital Submit your best online ad or ad campaign.
Category 14 Best Multi-Media Online & Print Campaign Any campaign appearing on both the publication’s website and inside the publication. Must have been created locally by publisher. Submit a permanent link, a screenshot saved as a PDF or JPEG, and the print component as a PDF. An explanatory letter (maximum 500 words) must accompany each entry explaining such things as: were there multiple components to the campaign? Impressions, search, email blasts? Submit images of each component and explain how and where they served.
Category 15 Best Newspaper Self-Promotion Best house ad or self-promotion of your newspaper’s products or services.
Category 16 Unique and Premium Positions Front-page note, Dog-ear, Front-page strip, unique-shaped ads.
Category 17 Best Mobile Application Best and most creative mobile ad unit regardless of category.
Category 18 Best Social Media Best and most creative use of social media in an ad campaign.
Category 19 Best Newsletter Best use of a newsletter in an ad campaign.
Category 20 Best Online Video Application Best and most creative video ad regardless of category.
HOW TO ENTER
The 2020 FNAME Creative Excellence Contest has been postponed until 2021. Next year, two years of entries will be accepted and awarded.
  1. On the contest site: https://florida.awardsplatform.com/ register by entering your first and last names, email address and a password that you create.
  2. If you are already registered, log-in using your email and password.
  3. On the left menu bar click “Entries” then “Manage entries”
  4. At the top of the page click the button “Start Entry”
  5. Under “Contest” select “FNAME Creative Excellence Contest”
  6. Under “Category” select your category. Category rules will appear on the page when the category is selected.
  7. Under “Entry name” type in a title for your entry
  8. Under “Publication name” type in the publication for which you are submitting the entry
  9. Click “Save + next”
  10. This will take you to the next tab “Staff credits” where you can enter contributors by clicking the “Add contributor” button. You can click it multiple times to add multiple people.
  11. Click “Save + next”
  12. This will take you to the “Attachments” tab where you can upload attachments and/or submit a URL. You can click the buttons multiple times to add multiple attachments/URLs.
  13. When you are done with the entry click “Save + close” at the bottom
  14. When ALL of your entries are complete and you are ready to pay for all entries, go into each entry and click the "Submit Entry" button to add it to your cart. IMPORTANT! 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”.
Additional Information Accepted formats are PDF, JPG, GIF or PNG. Remember that judges will view your entries online so strive to make the file size small enough to make downloading easier.
PAYING FOR YOUR ENTRIES
FNAME member pricing for each entry is $12 Non-member pricing per entry is $24. Entry fees must be submitted or postmarked by May 31, 2020. Payment can be made online by credit card or invoice/check. If paying by check please include a copy of your invoice with your payment. Make checks payable to Florida Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives. Online Payment Instructions:
  1. Log in to your florida.awardsplatform.com account
  2. Go to "My Entries" page
  3. Open each entry and click "Submit Entry"
  4. This will take you to the payment cart
  5. Click "Add more entries to cart" which will take you back to your "My Entries" page
  6. Repeat Steps 3-5 until you have submitted all of your entries
  7. Verify that the number of entries in your cart match the number of entries you are submitting
  8. Fill out required billing information
  9. Select to either pay by credit card or select the invoice option to pay by check
  10. Click the "Proceed to Payment" button to complete payment
If paying by check please include a copy of your invoice with your payment. Make checks payable to Florida Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives. Send checks to: FNAME Creative Excellence Contest c/o Devon Dunkle 1025 Greenwood Blvd, Ste 191 Lake Mary, FL 32746-2111
AWARDS
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 publication 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 Note: The cost of shipping awards not picked up at the awards ceremony will be charged to the entrant’s publication.
FAQ
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 info@floridamediacontests.com. 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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