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Advertising Contest Rules

  1. A signed Declaration of Originality must be submitted for each contest year. Find the link to the new online form at http://www.mddcpress.com/events/advertising-contest or download the form and email to tsullivan@mddcpress.com or mail to 60 West Street, Suite 107, Annapolis, MD, 21401.
  2. Entries must be original, must not have appeared previously in other publications, and must have been published in a member publication between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016. Print entries must include publication date.
  3. All online entries must be judged “live” and must be made available to the judges as such, even if they are no longer available to the public. Judging will take place between Aug. 1 and Aug. 17, 2016. Entries need to be accessible online during that time.
  4. Entry forms may list a maximum of three (3) individual names. Entries involving more than three staffers must be listed as a group or department. For example: “Sales Staff,” “Art Department,” or “Classified Sales Staff.”
  5. Individuals will no longer be limited to two entries per category. Team entries by a newspaper in any one category are not limited.
  6. Participating newspapers must have paid their Association membership dues for the contest year (2015). An organization must be a full/active member of the MDDC Press Association to participate in the Advertising Contest.
  7. Entries submitted in the incorrect division, if detected prior to judging, will be moved to the correct division. Otherwise, they are subject to disqualification. For contest purposes, non-daily divisions include papers published less than five times a week. Divisions are based on the circulation figures filed by the publisher with the MDDC Press Association.
  8. The decisions of the judges are final. Judges may declare “no contest” if the category has insufficient entries. Fees will not be returned for categories deemed no contest.
  9. When a publishing group creates an ad or promotion in more than one of its papers, and its papers are entered in different circulation divisions, the group must submit the entry under the publication with the highest circulation. Also, any group that has multiple papers in the same circulation division must select only one of its papers to enter each ad.
  10. Additional copies of certificates may be purchased for $5.00 each.

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