Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Garden and Gun kicks off the fifth annual Made in the South Awards entry process today an exciting development – this year the grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize in addition to a prominent feature in the magazine's December 2014/January 2015 issue. The Made in the South Awards were created by Garden and Gun to celebrate and encourage Southern craftsmen making products in one of five categories: Food, Drink, Style and Design, Outdoors, and Home.
“The Made in the South Awards continue to be a wonderful way to shine a spotlight on the talented artisans and entrepreneurs throughout the South,” says David DiBenedetto, vice president and editor in chief, Garden and Gun. “It's been extremely gratifying to watch some of our past winners launch onto the national stage, and as we enter our fifth year, I'm delighted to offer a $10,000 prize for the overall winner. It's a great addition to the attention the print coverage brings these brands.”
In addition to boosting the grand prize, Garden and Gun has partnered with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), a leading art and design university headquartered in Savannah, Georgia. SCAD will host the first-ever Made in the South Awards Gala, to be held on the SCAD campus in November.
“Partnering with Garden and Gun on the Made in the South Awards is such a natural fit for SCAD. It's the latest chapter in a great friendship between a trend-setting magazine and an art-making university. Like Garden and Gun, SCAD is dedicated to creating opportunities for designers and entrepreneurs to elevate their visibility and showcase their work,” says Paula Wallace, SCAD president and co-founder.
The competition is open to any Southern artisan or business with a product in one of the five categories that will be available for sale through January 2015 may apply.
For entry forms, category descriptions and rules, visit www.gardenandgun.com/madeinthesouth. First-round judging will be based solely on photos and product descriptions. Please do not send product. Entries are being accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on Aug. 1. Winners will be announced in the December 2014/January 2015 issue, which hits newsstands on Nov. 25.