Entry is simple. Submission is online and is completed in 4 simple steps:
Entries may be submitted in more than one category at an additional cost. No additional materials are needed for most categories. In a few, such as campaigns that include a plan or report, submit the materials you presented to your client. If one is not available, offer a brief summary of objectives, challenges and solutions.
How long should my entry brief be?Although there is no minimum or maximum number of words, we recommend you keep your synopsis to approximately 350 words. We suggest you utilize this section of your entry to elaborate on the piece as well as the creativity and originality of your idea.
All images should save as flattened .pdf, .png or .jpg (keep under 4 MB; 1,000 px wide is preferable, 300dpi, CMYK).
What if I have trouble uploading my images?
First, check that the image does not exceed the maximum size of 4MB and 1,000 px wide, that it is the right format (JPG or PNG) and that the file name contains only letters or numbers. Once you've checked that these things are in order, try to upload your images again. If you're still having trouble after this, contact our support staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upload video/audio to Vimeo/YouTube/Youku.
Paste the URL link into the URL field.
Entries with audio/video must be submitted with a direct URL that will take judges directly to the work. If password protected you must provide a username and password for judging purposes. Web Videos entered are judged solely on the content provided. Upload a PDF brief if explanation is required before evaluation of the work.
Judging is blind. DO NOT identify your company's name on any host page.
Mobile entries must be submitted with a direct URL and accessible by a mobile phone, PDA or other mobile device as they will be evaluated on such devices. If password protected, you must provide a username and password for judging purposes. Mobile Websites are judged solely on the content provided. Additional supporting documents are not permitted. For Mobile Apps, submit a URL that leads to a demonstration of the application features and components, or a direct link for downloading.
Social Media Content
Social media entries must be submitted on a single HTML page containing the creative work for that entry only. If password protected, you must provide a username and password for our judges. For social media entries containing many components, provide a direct link to one page that includes all elements to be evaluated.
Web Marketing Campaigns
Web Marketing entries must be submitted on a single HTML page containing the creative work for that entry only. If password protected, you must provide a username and password for our judges. If entering more than one marketing piece, include a direct link to the work to ensure that each piece categories specified. Enter a brief if necessary.
Note: Campaign entries must be submitted either on a single HTML page containing the creative elements of the campaign, or through links to each element. You may also choose to offer background information, statistics and other details provided they fit on one HTML page.
Due to bandwidth limits, these entries must be hosted on either YouTube, Vimeo or a similar site. Judging is blind. DO NOT identify your company's name on any host page.
Please provide the direct URL link and any required username or password.
DO NOT identify the your company name on any host page.
Entries are judged at random with comparison to other entries in a category. Work is evaluated on criteria determined by the job's requirements (see Judging Criteria). Freelancers are not compared to design firms in the same category.
To ensure high standards of high quality, a category may have multiple winners or no winners. Work is critiqued rated by consensus, with the panel-faq of judges determining a rating on a scale of 100 points. Winners with a score between 85 and 100 points are Platinum Winners. Entries with a score between 75 and 84 points are Gold Winners. Entries with a score between 65 and 74 points are Silver Winners. Entries with a score between 50 and 64 points are Quest Winners. Entries with a score between 40 and 49 points receive honorable mention.
Winners are informed within 14 days after the final entry period & judging process concludes. All registered participants can then login to see the winning works.
Regular Entry is $100 for each work or $160 for each campaign or plan. If a work is submitted in more than one category, an additional entry fee for each category is required. Each entrant is charged a $30 administration fee. Once submitted, entry fees are not refundable.
What are the levels of winning and how many awards are given in the Muse Creative Awards competition?
There are five levels of achievement in the competition:
The number of awards presented by Muse Creative Awards is determined by the number of submissions in a given category, the scoring range and the number of tie scores.
Judging is blind. All entrant information is removed from entries to prevent bias/conflict of interest. Judges score on a scale of 1-100, based on the work's demonstrated creativity, concept & writing, integration, quality of craft, visual design, execution and overall experience.
Student entries are evaluated separately from professional entries and are scored in the same manner. Student winners are distinguished by the same award levels as professional entries.
The prestige of the Muse Awards competition relies in large part on the high caliber of the juries that convene each year to review submissions. The International Awards Associates Inc (IAA) seeks to assemble juries that represent the breadth of the profession, including private, public, institutional, and academic practice, and exemplify diversity in professional experience, geography, gender, and ethnicity.
This awards program 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' judged competitions 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 panel-faqs as well as the contestant's names throughout the entire evaluation process. Both judge and contestant 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.
Each year, the Muse Awards honor the best in creativity from around the globe, while you give us a glimpse into the future of the profession. Winners receive:
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. We also want to extend and encourage students to enter and compete on their own level, gaining valuable experience before entering the profession of digital media.
The Muse Creative 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 Creative Award's, once you've won, you've won; there is no additional fee.
If a winner decides they want a statuette, the 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!
Muse 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 Awards is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant. Submission of any entry acknowledges the right of Muse 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 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 is strictly within the discretion of Muse Awards. Entrant understands that all awards may not be given or publicized in the same manner or form.