Why should I submit my product to the Made in Alberta Awards?
- One overall winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize.
- The overall winner and category winners in each category will be featured in the Made in Alberta Awards coverage in Avenue‘s October 2022 print issue. Additionally, the winners and up to five runners-up in each category will be featured in the Made in Alberta magazine that will be distributed throughout Alberta. That means your product could be exposed to a huge audience. The winners and runners-up will also be featured on social media and the Made in Alberta Awards website.
- Every single eligible entrant will be featured on the Made in Alberta Awards website for the Readers’ Choice Award. The winner of the Readers’ Choice Award will be determined by an online voting process. Last year, more than 5,000 readers voted.
- The judging panel, including editors of Avenue, will review all entries, so you guarantee that your product is seen by experts in your field and the editors of Alberta’s largest lifestyle publication.
- All eligible entrants will be able to use the Made in Alberta Awards program logo on their entered product and packaging.
- All eligible entrants will receive 15 per cent off tickets to Made in Alberta Awards events.
When are entries due?
What is the entry fee?
The Amy Willier Award for Indigenous Artisans is free to enter. For all other categories, there is an administrative fee of $100 per entry. Entry fees for those products that are deemed ineligible will not be refunded so please read the eligibility criteria closely. Most entries that are deemed ineligible are either not manufactured in Alberta, are artwork or books (artwork and books are not eligible), are not products (stores and services are not eligible). If you’re not sure if your product is eligible, reach out and ask us by email at [email protected]
That’s a lot of money, what do I get for $100?
The $100 is an administrative fee that allows us to produce the Made in Alberta Awards program. In addition to the potential for winning the Made in Alberta Awards, each eligible entrant will have the opportunity to use the Made in Alberta program logo on their entered product and packaging. All eligible entrants will be included in the online Readers’ Choice voting round (in 2021 more than 5,000 readers voted). And, all entrants will receive 15% off tickets to all the Made in Alberta Awards events.
How can I pay?
We accept all major credit cards, including VISA, Mastercard, and American Express.
If my product is designed in Alberta but assembled elsewhere, can I still enter?
No. To qualify for the Made In Alberta Awards, your product must be physically manufactured in the province of Alberta. But our editors would still love to hear about your product, email us at [email protected] and let us know more about your locally designed work.
The materials or components of my product are from outside of Alberta, but the final product is assembled in Alberta, can I still enter?
Should I enter my company as a whole or a specific product?
Each entry is for a specific product or a related group of products, not for a company. An example of a related group of products would be a jewellery collection, products of the same type in different colours, or various flavours of the same product. If you have multiple unrelated products you can enter them each separately.
I have a series of related products (different flavours or colours of the same product or pieces in the same collection), do I enter them all together or as separate entries?
Can I enter more than once?
What category should I enter?
Enter the category that you think best represents your product. If the judges determine that a product has been entered in the wrong category and that it is more suitable and more likely to win in a different category, they can at their discretion, move the entry into another category.
Furnishings and Home Decor: Furniture and home decor items for both home interiors and outdoors, including garden and patio.
Fashion and Accessories: Clothing, footwear, accessories and jewellery.
Beauty: Cosmetics, skincare and haircare. Note that wellness and healthcare products are not eligible.
Food – Savoury: Savoury edible packaged food items, including ingredients.
Food – Sweet: Sweet edible packaged food items, including ingredients.
Drink – alcoholic: Packaged alcoholic drinks.
Drink – non-alcoholic: Packaged non-alcoholic drinks.
Games and Leisure: Sporting equipment, outdoor gear, pet items, games and toys.
Craft: Items that are handmade by a single maker that demonstrate crafsmanship, including paper goods such as stationery and journals, textiles, leather goods, baskets, musical instruments, woodwork and more. Craft kits should be entered in the Games and Leisure category, not the Craft category.
Unique Product: Products that do not fit any other category.
Amy Willier Award for Indigenous Artisans: This category is open to Indigenous artisans and companies owned by an Indigenous person that make their product in Alberta. Entries in this category should be products that would fall under another category covered by the awards, such as food, craft, furnishings, etc. Entries in this category can also be entered in another category. Entries in this category are free.
Can I enter my product into multiple categories?
What is the Amy Willier Award for Indigenous Artisans?
How do I enter the Amy Willier Award for Indigenous Artisans?
The Amy Willier Award for Indigenous Artisans is free to enter and you can access the entry form here.
This is the only category where entrants may enter the same product into a second paid category as well. After you enter this category, you will receive a copy of your entry form by email. If you would like to enter your product into a second category for $100, please re-enter your product using this entry form. You can use the same answers for both forms.
Can I submit my application by mail?
The Rules say the product must be available until the end of October 2022, but my product is seasonal and won’t be available then. Can I still enter?
The food and drink categories say that the products need to be packaged. What do you mean by this?
Can visual artists submit their work?
I am an Alberta writer, can I enter my book?
My product is technology based, can I submit my work?
It depends on what the product is. If it fits into one of our broader categories. For example, if you make an app-based game, you can submit that under the Games and Leisure category. If you produce a technology-based piece of home decor, you may enter it in the Furnishings and Home Decor category. If it is a service or a business-to-business technology, it is not eligible. If you’re not sure if your work qualifies for entry, please contact us first — entry fees for ineligible entries will not be refunded.