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General

All entries must be submitted precisely as produced/published/aired and may not be modified for the competition. The Summit Awards presumes all entries are original, and the entrant either owns the creative submission or has permission from a client or collaborator to enter for award consideration. If an entry is submitted without such privileges, the entry will not be eligible for the competition, and entry fees are forfeited.

Derivative, copycat, agency version, and director’s cut entries, including ghost clients or spec, do not meet the SIA’s submission criteria. In the event of a complaint or suspicion of authenticity by the Summit Awards or its board of judges, the Summit Awards will conduct an internal or external inquiry and determine final contest eligibility. In the event of an external investigation, the Summit Awards will ask for and require any detailed documentation to which it deems pertinent. The SIA’s decision on the eligibility of an entry is final, and if an entry is considered to be ineligible, entry fees are forfeited.

The Summit Awards organization is not liable for any copyright infringement on the entrant’s part.

Submission of an entry acknowledges the right of the Summit Awards to use it for exhibition and publication to promote winners in any medium unless specified explicitly at the time of submission. Timely submission of an entry that meets all eligibility requirements and payment of the entry fee as stated herein ensures that an entrant’s work will be reviewed and considered for recognition, barring any unforeseen exceptions. No other representation or warranty is made by the Summit Awards concerning entries, and all implied warranties are hereby expressly disclaimed.

If an entrant’s submission receives an award, the manner and details of announcing such nomination and award are strictly within the discretion of the SIA. Entrant understands that all awards may not be given or publicized in the same manner or form.
The Summit Awards reserves final determination on eligibility. By submitting contest application, entry fee, and work for review, the entrant agrees to the above terms & conditions.

Should an entrant choose to remove a submission from an award, please notify the Summit Awards administration immediately. Any refund amount is contingent on staff time, administrative resources, and judging stage processes.
Due to the customization process, trophies, plaques, and certificates are non-refundable unless we are notified before midnight of the transaction day.

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Privacy Policy – The Summit International Awards will not rent, lease, sell or barter email addresses, or other contact information, to third parties. As an Entrant, you give your written consent to receive the Summit Award’s periodic e-newsletter. In addition, we will only send you Summit Awards emails directly related to our competitions and upcoming events. Our newsletter is typically monthly; however, we send reminders as we approach competition deadlines. In addition, we may send you occasional invitations to participate in a survey or questionnaire, which we use to help improve our operations and services. We follow best practices for email marketing and CAN-SPAM compliance. Translation: Do not click SPAM; simply unsubscribe.

The Summit Awards reserves the right to reclassify incorrectly classified entries. All submissions become the property of the Summit Awards and cannot be returned. We respect and acknowledge the intellectual copyright of the entering firms’ creative work and fully protect those rights.

The Summit Awards respects its judges’ privacy and appreciates their contribution to our organization and the industry. In adherence to the Summit Award’s blind judging practices, it does not publicly publish jury members before winner announcements. We respectfully ask our entrants not to contact judges directly. Should an entrant be curious whether a judge had an opinion or feedback regarding a particular entry, we ask our entrants to direct their inquiry to the Summit Awards’ staff. If direct contact is made with a judge, the Summit Awards may disqualify an entrant from further program participation. In addition, it may strip a winning entry of its status.

Winning entries in any Summit Award competition can be showcased in various ways. Publication is at the sole discretion of the Summit Awards unless an entrant has made confidentiality arrangements before entering an award.
The Summit Awards will not publicly disclose information about winning other than the level achieved. Any detailed scoring or comments are solely for Summit Awards internal use.

UnsubscribingYou may remove yourself at any time from our email list by sending an email to sia @ summitawards.com or by using the unsubscribe link contained in our newsletters or mailings. However, please note that you will be permanently unsubscribed from all three Summit Awards competition notices and any information regarding your specific or winning entries.

Questions or concerns?
Contact our headquarters sia @ summitawards.com.

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Entries come from students entering the profession, individuals who work for hire, small boutiques, medium-sized agencies and company in-house marketing departments. It has received submissions for all seven continents and the following countries:

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Bangladesh, Nepal, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, The Netherlands, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, West Indies, and Yugoslavia.

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The Summit Awards organization conducts three competitions annually:

The Summit Creative Award (SCA) – Recognizes creative excellence in companies and individuals with billing under $40 million. The SCA includes all media and industries and evaluates submissions on originality, execution, and persuasion.

The Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award (MEA) – A unique competitive arena where the judging criteria are based on the core purpose of marketing communications: to influence the consumer’s knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs. Judging is based on creative samples and a short brief.

The Summit Emerging Media Award (EMA) – This award was created to identify the world’s communication pioneers, those pushing the bounds of the communication badlands. All forms of emerging media are welcome. Judging evaluates methods, innovation and user interface.

Please see each award’s page for more details on entry categories and criteria.

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All three of the awards are conducted by the Summit International Awards (Summit Awards), a United States based organization. The Summit Awards is not tied to any advertiser, magazine, trade association, ad club or other outside influence.

The Summit Awards is an independent, international organization focused on fostering a community of marketing creativity, effectiveness, and excellence. It conducts impartial, ‘blind’ judging shows and, once completed, it recognizes, celebrates and promotes creative, effective and marketing excellence in those winning companies and individuals.

Its judging process is designed to be impartial and free from outside influences by withholding both the names of the judges on its panels as well as the contestant’s names throughout the entire evaluation process. Both judge’s and contestant’s names are withheld until after award-winning entries are selected. This anonymity shelters all involved from any vested interest which may attempt to influence the judges’ opinions or the judging process.

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The Summit Awards hosts a different, lightning-fast platform for submitting, judging, and displaying winner galleries – https://summit.awardsplatform.com.

To enter, either click the purple Enter Award button at the top-right of this main website or navigate and login directly into the Summit Award Platform. You only need to register on the Summit Award Platform once; your registration will remain active for future entries. We suggest registering with an email accessible to more than one team member (vacations, retired emails, personnel changes, etc.)

Once logged into the Summit Awards Entry Platform, it’ll take you through the easy submission process.

Easy, 4-step entry using the Summit Awards Platform

  1. Register or login.
  2. Begin adding entries (auto-saves as you go).
  3. Submit entry. Move on to add the next entry.
  4. Checkout.

Entries are saved, and may you may edit them up through the final submission deadline.

Shipping costs remain stable. This page is updated as prices fluctuate or supply chain is hampered. Use the grid below to determine the current shipping cost to add to a mailed winner order form.

SHIPPING 

Summit Creative Award

  • Crystal trophy shipping as of September 2023 – the US $32.00, Canada $36.00
  • Composite trophy as of September 2023  – the US $26.00, Canada $33.00

Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award

  • Marble trophy shipping as of 1-5-24 – the US $23.00, Canada $32.00

Summit Emerging Media Award

  • Crystal Globe trophy as of 1-5-2024  – the US $27.00, Canada $34.00

TAXES

United States individual state’s sales tax:

There are some states that don’t honor out of state Resale Certificates (see below the states and the tax percentage to add to an order form.)

AL- 9.25, CA- 7.25, DC – 6.0, DE – no sales tax, FL – 6.0, IL – 6.25, LA – 9.25, MA – 6.25, MD – 6.0

Canada GST HST PST:

Use the following percentages and add them to the authorized total on the order form.

5% (GST) in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon
13% (HST) in Ontario
15% (HST) in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island

 

DIMENSIONS

SCA Crystal Wave (Presentation gift box and protective packaging)

  • 1 pc. – 20″ x 10.5″ x 8.5″ – 14lbs
  • 2 pcs. – 20″ x 12″ x 10″ – 29lbs
  • 4 pcs. – 20” x 17″ x 13″ – 55lbs (only available to overseas shipments)

SCA Composite (Reused, environmentally-friendly corrugated cardboard, cornstarch bubble wrap)

  • 1 pc. -17″ x 7″ x8″ – 5lbs

MEA Dart (Presentation gift box and protective packaging)

  • 1 pc. -16″ x 8″ x 6″ – 12lbs
  • 2 pcs.-16″ x 16″ x 6″ – 25lbs

EMA Globe (Two-piece. Presentation gift box and protective packaging)

  • 1 pc. -13″ x 10″ x 6″ – 8lbs
  • 2 pcs.-16″ x 16″ x 6″ – 17lbs

It is not uncommon for the Summit Awards to receive entries containing sensitive or proprietary information. Judging occurs on a secure server, and jury members sign confidentiality agreements. If the submission is identified as proprietary, it can be easily tracked through administrative reviews and judging processes. Any entry with a confidential tag will have its creative samples removed, and a winner icon used as a thumbnail loaded into the winner gallery.

If you want to report an entry as confidential or secret, email us the Entry Number and Name immediately after submission.

Blind Judging

The Summit Awards uphold the principle of “blind judging” to ensure fairness and impartiality. This process involves concealing the names of entering companies so that our judges evaluate submissions without knowledge of the entrant’s identity, thus eliminating any potential conscious or unconscious biases.

  • General Rule: When submitting entries, please do not include your company name on any creative samples or in the project description field. This preserves the anonymity essential for unbiased judgment. Your client’s name can remain on the creative samples and project descriptions as necessary.
  • Exceptions to Blind Judging:
  1. In-House Marketing Departments: When submissions come from in-house marketing teams, any self-referential details or mentions of in-house production should be excluded to maintain the integrity of the evaluation process.
  2. Self-Promotional Materials: If an agency or creative shop is entering promotional materials designed for their own firm, the inclusion of their name is permissible. This is the only scenario where the entrant’s identity can be disclosed, as it is integral to the nature of the work being judged.

By adhering to these guidelines, we ensure that all entries are assessed solely based on their creative and strategic merits, promoting an equitable competition environment.

Summit International Awards stopped hosting in-person award-judging shows in 2017. Award winners’ preferences have changed due to the global nature of the award program. The Summit Awards assist its winners with PR and social media efforts post-judging. By not spending on travel or gala events, winners gain more exposure and recognition and can devote more resources to their work.

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Summit Creative Award

The Summit Awards hosts a different, lightning-fast platform for submitting, judging, and displaying winner galleries – https://summit.awardsplatform.com.

To enter, either click the purple Enter Award button at the top-right of this main website or navigate and login directly into the Summit Award Platform. You only need to register on the Summit Award Platform once; your registration will remain active for future entries. We suggest registering with an email accessible to more than one team member (vacations, retired emails, personnel changes, etc.)

Once logged into the Summit Awards Entry Platform, it’ll take you through the easy submission process.

Easy, 4-step entry using the Summit Awards Platform

  1. Register or login.
  2. Begin adding entries (auto-saves as you go).
  3. Submit entry. Move on to add the next entry.
  4. Checkout.

Entries are saved, and may you may edit them up through the final submission deadline.

Shipping costs remain stable. This page is updated as prices fluctuate or supply chain is hampered. Use the grid below to determine the current shipping cost to add to a mailed winner order form.

SHIPPING 

Summit Creative Award

  • Crystal trophy shipping as of September 2023 – the US $32.00, Canada $36.00
  • Composite trophy as of September 2023  – the US $26.00, Canada $33.00

Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award

  • Marble trophy shipping as of 1-5-24 – the US $23.00, Canada $32.00

Summit Emerging Media Award

  • Crystal Globe trophy as of 1-5-2024  – the US $27.00, Canada $34.00

TAXES

United States individual state’s sales tax:

There are some states that don’t honor out of state Resale Certificates (see below the states and the tax percentage to add to an order form.)

AL- 9.25, CA- 7.25, DC – 6.0, DE – no sales tax, FL – 6.0, IL – 6.25, LA – 9.25, MA – 6.25, MD – 6.0

Canada GST HST PST:

Use the following percentages and add them to the authorized total on the order form.

5% (GST) in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon
13% (HST) in Ontario
15% (HST) in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island

 

DIMENSIONS

SCA Crystal Wave (Presentation gift box and protective packaging)

  • 1 pc. – 20″ x 10.5″ x 8.5″ – 14lbs
  • 2 pcs. – 20″ x 12″ x 10″ – 29lbs
  • 4 pcs. – 20” x 17″ x 13″ – 55lbs (only available to overseas shipments)

SCA Composite (Reused, environmentally-friendly corrugated cardboard, cornstarch bubble wrap)

  • 1 pc. -17″ x 7″ x8″ – 5lbs

MEA Dart (Presentation gift box and protective packaging)

  • 1 pc. -16″ x 8″ x 6″ – 12lbs
  • 2 pcs.-16″ x 16″ x 6″ – 25lbs

EMA Globe (Two-piece. Presentation gift box and protective packaging)

  • 1 pc. -13″ x 10″ x 6″ – 8lbs
  • 2 pcs.-16″ x 16″ x 6″ – 17lbs

It is not uncommon for the Summit Awards to receive entries containing sensitive or proprietary information. Judging occurs on a secure server, and jury members sign confidentiality agreements. If the submission is identified as proprietary, it can be easily tracked through administrative reviews and judging processes. Any entry with a confidential tag will have its creative samples removed, and a winner icon used as a thumbnail loaded into the winner gallery.

If you want to report an entry as confidential or secret, email us the Entry Number and Name immediately after submission.

Blind Judging

The Summit Awards uphold the principle of “blind judging” to ensure fairness and impartiality. This process involves concealing the names of entering companies so that our judges evaluate submissions without knowledge of the entrant’s identity, thus eliminating any potential conscious or unconscious biases.

  • General Rule: When submitting entries, please do not include your company name on any creative samples or in the project description field. This preserves the anonymity essential for unbiased judgment. Your client’s name can remain on the creative samples and project descriptions as necessary.
  • Exceptions to Blind Judging:
  1. In-House Marketing Departments: When submissions come from in-house marketing teams, any self-referential details or mentions of in-house production should be excluded to maintain the integrity of the evaluation process.
  2. Self-Promotional Materials: If an agency or creative shop is entering promotional materials designed for their own firm, the inclusion of their name is permissible. This is the only scenario where the entrant’s identity can be disclosed, as it is integral to the nature of the work being judged.

By adhering to these guidelines, we ensure that all entries are assessed solely based on their creative and strategic merits, promoting an equitable competition environment.

Summit Emerging Media Award

The Summit Awards hosts a different, lightning-fast platform for submitting, judging, and displaying winner galleries – https://summit.awardsplatform.com.

To enter, either click the purple Enter Award button at the top-right of this main website or navigate and login directly into the Summit Award Platform. You only need to register on the Summit Award Platform once; your registration will remain active for future entries. We suggest registering with an email accessible to more than one team member (vacations, retired emails, personnel changes, etc.)

Once logged into the Summit Awards Entry Platform, it’ll take you through the easy submission process.

Easy, 4-step entry using the Summit Awards Platform

  1. Register or login.
  2. Begin adding entries (auto-saves as you go).
  3. Submit entry. Move on to add the next entry.
  4. Checkout.

Entries are saved, and may you may edit them up through the final submission deadline.

Shipping costs remain stable. This page is updated as prices fluctuate or supply chain is hampered. Use the grid below to determine the current shipping cost to add to a mailed winner order form.

SHIPPING 

Summit Creative Award

  • Crystal trophy shipping as of September 2023 – the US $32.00, Canada $36.00
  • Composite trophy as of September 2023  – the US $26.00, Canada $33.00

Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award

  • Marble trophy shipping as of 1-5-24 – the US $23.00, Canada $32.00

Summit Emerging Media Award

  • Crystal Globe trophy as of 1-5-2024  – the US $27.00, Canada $34.00

TAXES

United States individual state’s sales tax:

There are some states that don’t honor out of state Resale Certificates (see below the states and the tax percentage to add to an order form.)

AL- 9.25, CA- 7.25, DC – 6.0, DE – no sales tax, FL – 6.0, IL – 6.25, LA – 9.25, MA – 6.25, MD – 6.0

Canada GST HST PST:

Use the following percentages and add them to the authorized total on the order form.

5% (GST) in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon
13% (HST) in Ontario
15% (HST) in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island

 

DIMENSIONS

SCA Crystal Wave (Presentation gift box and protective packaging)

  • 1 pc. – 20″ x 10.5″ x 8.5″ – 14lbs
  • 2 pcs. – 20″ x 12″ x 10″ – 29lbs
  • 4 pcs. – 20” x 17″ x 13″ – 55lbs (only available to overseas shipments)

SCA Composite (Reused, environmentally-friendly corrugated cardboard, cornstarch bubble wrap)

  • 1 pc. -17″ x 7″ x8″ – 5lbs

MEA Dart (Presentation gift box and protective packaging)

  • 1 pc. -16″ x 8″ x 6″ – 12lbs
  • 2 pcs.-16″ x 16″ x 6″ – 25lbs

EMA Globe (Two-piece. Presentation gift box and protective packaging)

  • 1 pc. -13″ x 10″ x 6″ – 8lbs
  • 2 pcs.-16″ x 16″ x 6″ – 17lbs

It is not uncommon for the Summit Awards to receive entries containing sensitive or proprietary information. Judging occurs on a secure server, and jury members sign confidentiality agreements. If the submission is identified as proprietary, it can be easily tracked through administrative reviews and judging processes. Any entry with a confidential tag will have its creative samples removed, and a winner icon used as a thumbnail loaded into the winner gallery.

If you want to report an entry as confidential or secret, email us the Entry Number and Name immediately after submission.

Blind Judging

The Summit Awards uphold the principle of “blind judging” to ensure fairness and impartiality. This process involves concealing the names of entering companies so that our judges evaluate submissions without knowledge of the entrant’s identity, thus eliminating any potential conscious or unconscious biases.

  • General Rule: When submitting entries, please do not include your company name on any creative samples or in the project description field. This preserves the anonymity essential for unbiased judgment. Your client’s name can remain on the creative samples and project descriptions as necessary.
  • Exceptions to Blind Judging:
  1. In-House Marketing Departments: When submissions come from in-house marketing teams, any self-referential details or mentions of in-house production should be excluded to maintain the integrity of the evaluation process.
  2. Self-Promotional Materials: If an agency or creative shop is entering promotional materials designed for their own firm, the inclusion of their name is permissible. This is the only scenario where the entrant’s identity can be disclosed, as it is integral to the nature of the work being judged.

By adhering to these guidelines, we ensure that all entries are assessed solely based on their creative and strategic merits, promoting an equitable competition environment.

Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award

The Summit Awards hosts a different, lightning-fast platform for submitting, judging, and displaying winner galleries – https://summit.awardsplatform.com.

To enter, either click the purple Enter Award button at the top-right of this main website or navigate and login directly into the Summit Award Platform. You only need to register on the Summit Award Platform once; your registration will remain active for future entries. We suggest registering with an email accessible to more than one team member (vacations, retired emails, personnel changes, etc.)

Once logged into the Summit Awards Entry Platform, it’ll take you through the easy submission process.

Easy, 4-step entry using the Summit Awards Platform

  1. Register or login.
  2. Begin adding entries (auto-saves as you go).
  3. Submit entry. Move on to add the next entry.
  4. Checkout.

Entries are saved, and may you may edit them up through the final submission deadline.

Shipping costs remain stable. This page is updated as prices fluctuate or supply chain is hampered. Use the grid below to determine the current shipping cost to add to a mailed winner order form.

SHIPPING 

Summit Creative Award

  • Crystal trophy shipping as of September 2023 – the US $32.00, Canada $36.00
  • Composite trophy as of September 2023  – the US $26.00, Canada $33.00

Summit Marketing Effectiveness Award

  • Marble trophy shipping as of 1-5-24 – the US $23.00, Canada $32.00

Summit Emerging Media Award

  • Crystal Globe trophy as of 1-5-2024  – the US $27.00, Canada $34.00

TAXES

United States individual state’s sales tax:

There are some states that don’t honor out of state Resale Certificates (see below the states and the tax percentage to add to an order form.)

AL- 9.25, CA- 7.25, DC – 6.0, DE – no sales tax, FL – 6.0, IL – 6.25, LA – 9.25, MA – 6.25, MD – 6.0

Canada GST HST PST:

Use the following percentages and add them to the authorized total on the order form.

5% (GST) in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon
13% (HST) in Ontario
15% (HST) in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island

 

DIMENSIONS

SCA Crystal Wave (Presentation gift box and protective packaging)

  • 1 pc. – 20″ x 10.5″ x 8.5″ – 14lbs
  • 2 pcs. – 20″ x 12″ x 10″ – 29lbs
  • 4 pcs. – 20” x 17″ x 13″ – 55lbs (only available to overseas shipments)

SCA Composite (Reused, environmentally-friendly corrugated cardboard, cornstarch bubble wrap)

  • 1 pc. -17″ x 7″ x8″ – 5lbs

MEA Dart (Presentation gift box and protective packaging)

  • 1 pc. -16″ x 8″ x 6″ – 12lbs
  • 2 pcs.-16″ x 16″ x 6″ – 25lbs

EMA Globe (Two-piece. Presentation gift box and protective packaging)

  • 1 pc. -13″ x 10″ x 6″ – 8lbs
  • 2 pcs.-16″ x 16″ x 6″ – 17lbs

It is not uncommon for the Summit Awards to receive entries containing sensitive or proprietary information. Judging occurs on a secure server, and jury members sign confidentiality agreements. If the submission is identified as proprietary, it can be easily tracked through administrative reviews and judging processes. Any entry with a confidential tag will have its creative samples removed, and a winner icon used as a thumbnail loaded into the winner gallery.

If you want to report an entry as confidential or secret, email us the Entry Number and Name immediately after submission.

Blind Judging

The Summit Awards uphold the principle of “blind judging” to ensure fairness and impartiality. This process involves concealing the names of entering companies so that our judges evaluate submissions without knowledge of the entrant’s identity, thus eliminating any potential conscious or unconscious biases.

  • General Rule: When submitting entries, please do not include your company name on any creative samples or in the project description field. This preserves the anonymity essential for unbiased judgment. Your client’s name can remain on the creative samples and project descriptions as necessary.
  • Exceptions to Blind Judging:
  1. In-House Marketing Departments: When submissions come from in-house marketing teams, any self-referential details or mentions of in-house production should be excluded to maintain the integrity of the evaluation process.
  2. Self-Promotional Materials: If an agency or creative shop is entering promotional materials designed for their own firm, the inclusion of their name is permissible. This is the only scenario where the entrant’s identity can be disclosed, as it is integral to the nature of the work being judged.

By adhering to these guidelines, we ensure that all entries are assessed solely based on their creative and strategic merits, promoting an equitable competition environment.