How much does it cost to enter?

If submitted on or before Friday, June 2, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CDT: $499.00 per entry for members of the Path to Purchase Institute or Path to Purchase Expo Exhibitors; $549.00 per entry for all other entrants.

If submitted between 5:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 2, 2017 and 5:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 9, 2017: $599.00 per entry for members of the Path to Purchase Institute or Path to Purchase Expo Exhibitors; $649.00 per entry for all other entrants.

Oversized entries require pre-approval. Contact Peggy Milbrandt at (773) 992-4412 for more details.

What is the deadline for submissions?

Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 2, 2017. If you need additional time, an extension until 5:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 9, 2017 is available. Each entry received during this extension period requires an additional surcharge of $100 US.

What category does my display fit under?

Visit the Retail Channels and Activation Tactics page to view definitions. If you’re still not sure, contact Peggy Milbrandt at (773) 992-4412 or visit our Contact page. Entries may fit under various retail channels/activation tactics combinations, and you are allowed to enter the same display in multiple categories. Each submission is a separate entry — separate entry materials and fees must accompany each submission.

Can I make changes to entries I have already submitted?

Log in with the user ID and password you created. Click on "My Entries" in the upper right corner. From there you'll be able to see a full list of your submitted entries. Click the "edit" button next to the entry you wish to edit and make the necessary changes. You have until 5:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 9, 2017 to make changes to your entries. After 5:00 pm on Friday, June 9, 2017, no changes will be accepted.

How do I know if I'm a finalist?

All finalists will be notified by email in late July following the first round of judging. Finalists will then compete in the second round of judging at the Path to Purchase Expo on September 26, 2017.

Do I have to set up my entry in the Design of the Times Gallery?

Only if you are a finalist. In order to be eligible for an award, all finalist entries must be set up in the Design of the Times Gallery on the show floor of the Path to Purchase Expo on September 25. Final judging will take place in conjunction with the Expo on September 26.

When will I receive information about setting up my entry in the Design of the Times Gallery?

Entrant Kits containing information and instructions for shipping and setting up entries in the Gallery will be emailed in late July to all finalists. Entrant Kits will be delivered to the contact listed on the entry’s Nomination Form. Only finalists will receive this information.

I can’t attend the Path to Purchase Expo. Can someone set up my entry for me?

Yes. If you or someone from your organization is not able to set up your display, you can hire labor to manage your setup. Labor order forms will be included in your Entrant Kit that will be sent in July to all finalists. Please contact Peggy Milbrandt at (773) 992-4412 or visit our contact page for more information. Please note: we need detailed info about the person or company setting up/dismantling your display. We will require identification from all workers in the Gallery. Anyone attempting to remove anything from the Gallery who is not authorized will be detained.

If I'm a finalist, do I have to be present to win an award?

No. While we recommend that you attend the Path to Purchase Expo and the Design of the Times Awards Ceremony, you are not required to be present to win an award. However, your entry must be set up in the Gallery in order to be judged and eligible for an award.

How and when do I find out if I won?

Gold, Platinum, and Best of the Times winners will be announced at the Design of the Times Awards Ceremony at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on September 27, 2017. A Winners List will be made available at the close of the Awards Ceremony and will be posted to the Design of the Times (dot-awards.com) and Institute (p2pi.org) websites shortly after the event.

When will I receive my trophy?

For each winning entry, one trophy will be delivered to the entry’s main contact approximately 6-8 weeks after the event. Additional trophies can be ordered for an additional fee.

When will I receive a link to the 2017 Design of the Times digital book?

Approximately 60 days after the competition, all entrants will be emailed a link to view the digital edition of the 2017 Design of the Times winners book. 

More questions?

If you have any other questions, contact Peggy Milbrandt at (773) 992-4412 or visit our contact page.