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Q: When are entries due?
A: All entries are due by midnight on July 31, 2021.
Q: If I entered in the 2019 awards can I enter again?
A: Yes! However, if you were the grand prize winner or a category winner, you must enter a different product. All other entrants are welcome to enter the same product or a different one.
Q: If my product is designed in the Lowcountry but assembled elsewhere, can I still enter?
A: Unfortunately, to qualify for the awards, your product must be physically put together in the Lowcountry.
Q: What areas do you consider part of The Lowcountry?
A: We will happily accept entries from the following: Beaufort County, Sea Islands, Colleton County, Walterboro, Daufuskie Island, Edisto Beach, Hampton County, Jasper County, Hardeeville, Ridgeland.
Q: Local Life has written about my company in the past; can I still enter?
A: As long as the specific product you are entering has not been featured specifically, we invite you to enter.
Q: Should I enter my company as a whole or a specific product?
A: We ask that you narrow your entry to a specific product or a related group of products.
(Various flavors of jams, a specific line of napkins, or a bag collection would be examples of grouped entries.)
Q: Can I enter more than once?
A: Yes. If you would like to submit two unrelated products, you may enter two applications.
Q: Can I submit my application by mail?
A: No. To ensure that every application arrives safely and receives equal attention, we ask that ALL applications be submitted digitally. You will get an email confirmation once your application has been received.
Q: What is the entry fee?
A: There is an entry fee of $50.
Q: How can I pay?
A: We accept all major credit cards, including VISA, Mastercard, and American Express. Checks are accepted if they arrive with the entry and are cashed successfully. NSF checks will be charged $50 processing fee. To pay online, click here.
Q: My photos are not uploading correctly; what should I do?
A: First, make sure that each photo you are attempting to upload is 3MB or less. (Note: iPhone photos are usually smaller than 3MB, but you’ll still want to check each file size. Photos from a standard point-and-shoot digital camera, however, are often larger and will need to be resized on your computer before submitting.)
Second, the problem may be with your web browser. (Example: If you are using Safari, try using Google Chrome or Firefox instead—and vice versa.) If the problem persists, email us at [email protected]
Q: When will I be notified if my product is being considered as a finalist?
A: Everyone will be notified around the beginning of August.
Q: Do I need to mail in my physical product?
A: Not during the first round of judging. The first round of judging will be based on the entry form and photos. If you are short-listed for the final round, you will be required to submit a physical product.
Q: When will the final winners be announced to the public?
A: Winners will be announced to the public in our September or October 2021 issue.
For more information or clarification, email [email protected].