FAQ

  1. HOW TO SUBMIT ENTRIES
    Entries may be submitted online with ease and convenience, using these simple directions for registering and uploading:
    1. Register – or login if you are already a registrant.
    2. Select your category and fill the applicable information fields.
    3. Upload files to the category link, and place the category in your Shopping Cart.
    4. Add more categories, or Checkout and Pay. Payment Methods: Paypal, Credit Cards, Alipay
    An entry may be submitted in more than one category at an additional cost. For larger entries, JPEGs and TIFFs (minimum 300 dpi) will suffice. No accompanying materials are necessary for most categories. In a few designated categories, such as campaigns where a plan or report is involved, submit the plan you presented to your client. If a plan is not available, submit a brief summary of objectives, challenges, and solutions. For audio, video or web entries, submit the link or URL. Most formats are acceptable.
  2. WHAT IS THE SUBMISSION FORMAT?
    Television/Radio:
    • Upload files. Please keep files under 10 MB. Under 5MB is preferable.
    • Formats: Acceptable digital formats for video are .mp4 and .mov, and audio files, .wav.
    Print items:
    • Ads, logos, newspaper, etc., save as a flattened .pdf or .jpg (keep under 8 MB; under 5MB is preferable, 300dpi, CMYK. For photography, RGB format is acceptable).
    • Print campaign - Combine into one downsized, flattened pdf file. Save multiple jpg files into one multi-page pdf. (Size preferable: 8.5 X 11).
    • Logos and Letterhead must include, below the logo, the name of the logo's organization and type of product/service. Use no more than a six-word description (e.g., PBJ Company – Foodservice).
    Websites, Online Entry, Online Application Preparation:
    • Submit URL in URL field.
    • Applications, provide download location with any needed premade login account. Provide needed UN and passwords if required. For apps not able available via URL, provide a short video or slide presentation to help present the project.
    Video/Non-broadcast/Film Entry Preparation:
    • Due to bandwidth constraints, these entries should be hosted on YouTube, Vimeo, Youku or a similar site.
    • Judging is blind. DO NOT identify the entering company's name on any hosted page.
    Interactive Multimedia Entry Preparation:
    • If online, provide direct URL and any needed UN or passwords.
    • Again, DO NOT identify the entering company's name, on any hosted page.
    Integrated/Mixed Media Advertising Campaigns Preparation:
    • Upload each file, one at a time, in formats as indicated above. Consolidate print into one pdf. For campaign submission, please keep the file size below 10MB.
    Mobile App Entry Preparation:
    • Provide the name of your Mobile App, partnering organizations (if any), a short description of the App, together with details of the type of content available, with key features, latest innovations and information on where the app is available.

    • Provide a link to where the app can be downloaded from one of the major app stores. If the app is a paid app, please provide a free access or redemption code.

    • Provide a link to a video about the app on YouTube, Vimeo or other public video platforms and a website link for the app.

    Corporate Social Responsibility Entry Preparation:
    • Submit a two-page summary with supporting documentation. Include situation analysis, research findings, execution strategy, and evaluation.
    • Attach materials to email for ease of judging.
  3. WHO SHOULD ENTER?
    • Advertising Agencies
    • In-house Marketing / Creative Departments
    • Video and Audio Production Firms
    • Web & Mobile App Designers
    • Creative Boutiques
    • Interactive Agencies
    • Freelance Professionals
    • Television / Radio Stations
    • Graphic Designers
    • Display / Package Design Companies
    • Students in Creative & Advertising Schools
    • PR Agencies
  4. HOW ARE WINNERS CHOSEN

    Entries are judged at random and not directly compared to other entries in their category. Work is judged on creativity, framed by the job’s requirements. For example, a 2-color and a 4-color brochure in the same category are not compared to each other. A freelancer is not compared to a design firm in the same category.

    There may be multiple winners or no winners in any given category. Works are critiqued and judged by consensus, with the panel of judges arriving at a score. Entries receiving scores between 85-100 points are Platinum Muse Winners. Entries with 70-84 points are Gold Muse Winners. Entries scoring from 60-69 points are Rose Gold Muse Winners.

    Winners are contacted within 45 days after judging concludes. Registered participants may also log into their accounts to see winning entries.

  5. ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES

    Early Bird Entry fee is $79 for each work or $150 for each entry that is a campaign or plan. If a work is entered in more than one category, please enclose an additional entry fee for each category entered.

  6. LEVELS OF WINNING AND NUMBER OF WINNING ENTRIES

    What are the levels of winning and how many awards are given in the 2017 Muse Creative Awards competition?

    There are three levels of winning.

    • Platinum Muse
    • Gold Muse
    • Rose Gold Muse (New)

    The number of awards presented each year in the Creative Awards depends on the number of submissions in a given category, the scoring range, and the number of ties. 

  7. JUDGING CRITERIA

    All entrant information is removed from entries to prevent bias. Judges score on a scale of 1-100 taking into consideration creativity, idea, innovation, design, impact, copywriting, memorability, and usability.

    Student entries are judged separately from Professional entries and are scored in the same manner. Student winners are distinguished by the same award levels as Professional entries.

    • Platinum Muse – Average scores between 85 – 100.
    • Gold Muse – Average scores between 70 – 84.
    • Rose Gold Muse – Average scores between 60 – 69.
    • Entries receiving an average score under 60 do not receive an award.
  8. JUDGING PRACTICES

    Entries are judged against other submissions in their category instead of compared to an arbitrary standard, creating a true competitive environment. This means that winners not only meet a minimum standard but truly stand out from the crowd.

  9. TROPHY AND CERTIFICATE SHIPPING TIME

    Winner items are custom-made per our winners requests. Winner's trophies and certificates are shipped directly from our manufacturers. Please allow 8-16 weeks for trophies, 4-8 weeks for certificates. Longer at certain locations. You can order your trophy from our online store after the results have been announced.

  10. WHO SPONSORS THE MUSE CREATIVE AWARDS?

    The award is conducted by International Awards Associates (IAA), Inc. The IAA is not tied to any advertiser, magazine, trade association, ad club or other outside influence.

    The IAA is an independent, international organization focused on creating 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 judges' and contestants' 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.

  11. WHAT DO WINNERS RECEIVE?

    All Muse Creative Awards winners receive:

    • One professionally designed certificate commemorating the winning entry with entry title, entering company/student & school and category printed. Decal will be affixed indicating the level of win.
    • Top tier (Platinum, Gold & Rose Gold) winners will be featured in Muse Creative Awards site.
    • Press release sent to major industry outlets.
    • Professionally designed icons for use on websites, email signatures, etc.
    • In addition to your complimentary certificate, winners can purchase beautiful trophies and additional customized certificates.
  12. WHY MUST WINNERS' TROPHIES BE PURCHASED?

    The Muse Creative Awards mission is to recognize outstanding creativity in firms that otherwise are overshadowed by large firms' budgets, which dominate most other marketing communications competitions.

    The Muse Awards maintains affordable entry fees (the lowest in the marketing awards industry) to allow start-ups, one-person firms, and young people the opportunity to enter, as well as firms from countries where the exchange rate or the economic conditions would otherwise make entering impossible.

    If an entrant is recognized as a winner, there is no additional fee. Many other awards programs charge an acceptance fee. With the Muse Awards, once you've won, you've won; there is no additional fee.

    If a winner decides they want a statuette, Muse Creative Awards makes them available for purchase and orders them from its manufacturer. This offering process allows the Awards to maintain low entry fees and prevent non-winners’ subsidy of winners.

    Some winners choose not to receive a physical memento. Their priority is the prestige of recognition and the exposure the comes with it. Others choose to order statuettes and/or certificates for individuals on their creative team as well as their client. It's all up to the winners!

  13. SCAM WARNING - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    There are many people and groups that attempt to obtain your money or personal information inappropriately through fraudulent means. Often, these people and groups misrepresent who they are in an effort to deceive you about the legitimacy of what they are claiming. Sometimes, although not always, they will claim that you have won a lottery or sweepstakes and ask that you send them money so that they can release your supposed winnings to you. In such a situation, you should be very careful and fully investigate any and all claims before you send any money. Please be aware that there are many scams that use SMS/e-mail in an attempt to defraud people using methods similar to these, and we warn strongly against your responding to this type of SMS/e-mail without rigorous investigation to establish whether it is of a genuine nature. Generally, you should treat unsolicited communication (e-mail, phone, and letters) that offer financial gain with extreme suspicion; be aware that legitimate lotteries rarely, if ever, ask for a fee to release your winnings; you should not pay any requested fee in advance without fully investigating the matter; and you should not provide banking details or other sensitive financial information in response to emails, phone inquiries, and letters without a thorough investigation. In recent years we have been aware of instances of individuals and fraudulent organizations that have been sending notices to people falsely claiming that the recipients have won a lottery. These notices falsely claim to be from the IAA AWARDS (MUSE AWARDS, VEGA AWARDS) and even have the name and contact information of IAA AWARDS (MUSE AWARDS, VEGA AWARDS) employees along with IAA AWARDS (MUSE AWARDS, VEGA AWARDS) branding. These notices are completely fraudulent, cleverly designed to trick people into sending money for prizes they will never receive. The IAA AWARDS (MUSE AWARDS, VEGA AWARDS) is NOT AND HAS NEVER RUN a sweepstake, a lottery OR ANY FORM OF CONTEST OF THESE KINDS and has never asked anyone to wire money to redeem a prize. Please do not respond to any SMS, email, or any other means of communication claiming that you have won a prize. If you have any question as to the validity of an offer, please contact us at iaa@iaaawards.org / vega@iaaawards.org / info@musecreativeawards.com.

  14. TERMS & CONDITIONS

    Muse Creative Awards assumes all entries are original and the entrant either owns the submission or has permission from a client or other appropriate party to enter the work, with all rights granted therein. In the event that an entrant without such rights submits an entry, the entrant will not be eligible for the competition. Muse Creative Awards are not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant. Submission of any entry acknowledges the right of Muse Creative Awards to use it for exhibition and publication in any medium, however, work entered into the competition can remain private upon written request from the entrant.

    Timely submission of an entry meeting the eligibility requirements and payment of the entry fee as stated herein ensures that an entrant's work will be reviewed and considered for recognition. No other representation or warranty is made by Muse Creative 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 Muse Creative Awards. Entrant understands that all awards may not be given or publicized in the same manner or form.

    Submissions:
    • Entries must be produced within the last two calendar years up through the final deadline.
    • Entries may not have been previously entered in the Muse Creative Awards competition.
    • All entries must be submitted for judging exactly as published, aired or implemented and may not be modified for awards. The Muse Creative Awards may request proof of initial production, publication, and/or air date.
    • A written translation or adaptation must accompany non-English entries.
    • Some entries may qualify for multiple categories; if so, treat each entry as a separate submission.
    • The awards reserve the right to re-categorize incorrectly classified entries.
    • Judges reserve the right to withhold an award in a category if submissions do not meet their expectations.
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