Entry Rules

How to Enter

Select the category that is best suited to your piece from the categories list. If you need help deciding which category is best, please contact us.


To be representative of work produced in this region, at least one aspect of the creative execution must have been accomplished in Connecticut. The piece must be entered in the category that represents that aspect. For example, if only the Photography was done for an Annual Report by a Connecticut creative then it must be entered in the Photography category, not in the Annual Reports category. All work produced between April 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020 is eligible.


The judges may select as many awards of GoldSilver, and Excellence as they see fit. In addition to the category awards, Best of Show will be awarded providing there is a single piece which stands out above the rest. Also, the Richard Hess Spirit of Creativity Award may be given to that piece which best exemplifies innovation or excellence in concept or execution in any entry that does not win for Best of Show. Also, the judges may choose Judges’ Awards for those pieces that stand out above the rest but do not win for the Richard Hess Spirit of Creativity Award or Best of Show.

Note: Individual pieces can be entered into as many categories as you like, but will only be able to win awards in two design categories and one photography/illustration category. The judges will decide which categories are most suited for each individual piece to win.

Entry Preparation

Entry Forms

Confirmation of Submission forms from the online registration system must be printed and taped to the back of the entry at the top right-hand corner. Removable adhesive tape is recommended. Payment by credit card must be made online with submissions. Payments by check must be sent in with physical entries. Please staple a check for the total amount, made payable to CADC, to the printed confirmation Form.

CADC will not be responsible for original artwork. Entries will not be returned. No exceptions. All specific entrant information will be removed prior to judging and replaced with CADC coding applied against a master list providing total impartiality. Please do not affix personal or company names to entries other than on the Entry Form.

Digital Submission

In addition to the physical entry or link, each logo & online / interactive entry should also include one high quality JPG sent to entry@cadc.org for possible inclusion in the award show presentation & website. Logos should be on a white background and online / interactive entries should include screenshots or device comps on a white background. Please keep images under 1mb and choose a file name that corresponds to your entry’s title.

Print Advertising

Affix the completed Entry Form to the back taped along the top right-hand corner only. Pieces are not to be mounted.

Trademark & Stationery

Stationery systems (letterhead, envelope, and business card) should be put into a separate envelope for each system, with an additional business card sample stapled to the outside of the envelope, along with the completed Entry Form.


Affix completed Entry Form to the back of the poster by taping along the top righthand corner only. Poster should be submitted in an envelope for protection or rolled up in a tube.


Submit actual packaging or 8” x 10” photographic print(s). No Slides. If entries submitted are 8” x 10” photographic print(s), put each entry in a separate envelope with a completed Entry Form stapled to the outside of the envelope.

Point-of-Purchase, Outdoor / Transit or Architectural Graphics

If entries submitted are 8” x 10” photographic print(s), put each entry in a separate envelope with a completed Entry Form stapled to the outside of the envelope.

Brochures, Booklets, and Catalogs

Affix one completed Entry Form to the back, taping the form along the top right hand corner only.

Online / Interactive Design

For website entries, type URL into entry form. All websites must have a live URL for viewing. Include passwords and special instructions. Interactive entries are to be submitted via online links only. Websites and multimedia will be viewed prior to Judging Weekend.

Broadcacast / Video Design

All Radio, Television, Broadcast Design should be submitted via online link. No agency or production credits should appear on clips.

Entry Fees

For single pieces, the fee is $65 per entry for members, $90 per entry for non-members, and $20 for current students.*

For campaigns (4 or more entries) submitted as one entry, the fee is $90 per entry for members, $110 per entry for non-members, and $25 for current students.*

* Students must include a copy of a current student I.D. card or registration form.

Quantity Discounts: If submitting 11 or more pieces, the fee per entry is $60 for members and $85 for non-members. This is applied to individual pieces only.

Display Fees: There will be a $20 Display Fee for all winning entries.


The deadline for entry is May 7, 2020. All work MUST be received by May 15, 2020, 5 p.m. at one of the drop-off points below.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Mail or deliver entries to:

East Haddam – Julia Balfour, LLC
Attn: Holly Johnson
3 Norwich Road
East Haddam CT, 06423
(860) 577-0340

Hartford – GO 
Attn: Tim Curtis
2074 Park Street, Suite 307
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
(860) 232-6700

Meriden – Web Solutions
Attn: Jonathan Fenwick
250 Pomeroy Avenue, Suite 201
Meriden, CT 06450
(203) 235-7777 ext. 21

Stamford – Taylor Design
Attn: Bria Caso
247 Main Street, Floor 2
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 969-7200