Not sure the Made in Alberta Awards program is right for you? If these FAQs don’t answer your questions, please reach out to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you.

Why should I submit my product to the Made in Alberta Awards?

1. The overall winner, category winners and up to five runners up in each category will be featured in the Made in Alberta Awards coverage in print and online in Avenue Calgary and Edmonton magazines in September 2019. With a monthly readership of more than 300,000, that means your product could be exposed to a huge audience.

2. All eligible entrants will be able to use the Made in Alberta Awards program logo on their entered product and packaging.

3. All entrants will have the opportunity to choose whether they would like to be considered for pre-awards coverage. 

4. All entrants will receive 15% off tickets to the Made in Alberta Awards conference and gala in Calgary on September 20, 2019.

5. The judging panel, including the editors of Avenue Calgary, 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.

6. There is still time left to enter!

When are entries due?

All entries are due by midnight on April 30, 2019.

What is the entry fee?

There is an entry fee of $100 per entry in the Made in Alberta Awards.

That’s a lot of money, what do I get for $100?

The $100 entry fee is an administrative fee that allows us to produce the Made in Alberta Awards program. In addition, each eligible entrant will have the opportunity to use the Made in Alberta program logo on their entered product and packaging. All entrants will have the opportunity to choose whether they would like to be considered for pre-awards coverage in Avenue magazine, its websites or Instagram accounts, and on the Made in Alberta Instagram account. And, all entrants will receive 15% off tickets to the Made in Alberta Awards gala in September 2019 (date tba) and associated 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 Käthe Lemon at [email protected] and let us know more about your locally designed work.

The materials or components of my product are from oversees, but the final product is assembled in Alberta, can I still enter?

Yes. To qualify for the Made In Alberta Awards, your product must be physically manufactured in the province of Alberta. The components, ingredients or materials your product is made from do not need to all be made in Alberta for it to be eligible, however the final production — for example putting the pieces of jewellery together, or printing on clothing, or cooking and producing the food item — does have to be done in Alberta for the product to be eligible for the Made in Alberta Awards.

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 jewelry 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?

If you think your products are part of a related series or collection, such as different flavours colours or materials of the same overall product, or different items from the same jewellery collection for example, you can enter them all together as one product. If you see them as completely separate and unrelated items, then they should be entered separately. Note that the judges may, at their discretion select only one of the items as a finalist.

Can I enter more than once?

Yes. If you would like to submit two or more unrelated products, you may enter two or more entries.

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. Wellness and healthcare products are not eligible.

Food: Edible packaged food items, including ingredients.

Drink: Packaged drinks, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Games and Leisure: Sporting equipment, outdoor gear, pet items, games and toys.

Craft: Items that are handmade by a single maker, including paper goods such as stationery and journals, textiles, leather goods, baskets, musical instruments, woodwork and more.

Can I enter my product into multiple categories?

No. Each product can only be entered into one category.

Can I submit my application by mail?

No. All entries must be submitted through the Made in Alberta Awards website.

The Rules say the product must be available until the end of September 2019, but my product is seasonal and won’t be available then. Can I still enter?

No. To be eligible, products must be available through until the end of September 2019.

The food and drink categories say that the products need to be packaged. What do you mean by this?

Entries in the food and drink categories must be packaged goods. Restaurant dishes are not eligible.

Can visual artists submit their work?

No. One of a kind art does not qualify for the Made in Alberta Awards. But our editors would still love to hear about your work, email Käthe Lemon at [email protected] and let us know more about what you do.

My product is technology based, can I submit my work?

Yes, assuming 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.

Are custom products, for example cabinetry, eligible?
The Made in Alberta Awards recognize products rather than companies. If your company makes only customized one-off pieces, they are not eligible. If you make customizeable products that are made to measure or made to order but within an overall similar product design and you can show a product example, then your product is eligible. If every element is customizeable to the client’s desire including style, shape, colour, size etc. the product will most likely be deemed ineligible by the judges. If however, you create a line of products that are similar, with a set of customizations (size, material or colour for example), that product would be eligible.
When will I be notified if my product is being considered as a finalist?

Everyone will be notified by the end of June.

Do I need to mail in my physical product?

Not during the first round of judging. The first round of judging will be based on the entry form and photos. You may be contacted at a later date if a judging sample is required.

When will the final winners be announced to the public?

Winners and runners-up will be announced to the public in Avenue Calgary and Edmonton magazine’s September 2019 issue.

View Judges

Click here to read the Judges bios.

 

Rules & Regulations

Click here for details on the rules and regulations

 

Made in Alberta Awards

The Made in Alberta Awards celebrate great Alberta products, businesses and ingenuity. By highlighting Alberta-made products through a variety of channels, including digital, in print and in person, the Made in Alberta Awards program supports and promotes local businesses and encourages people to shop local.

Proudly made in Alberta.

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