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.