Rules & Regulations

What is Eligible?

Entries must be from an actual job or promotion piece printed by a GPA customer on a qualified GPA substrate within the past year.


Each entry must be submitted under one of the listed categories. Entries will be judged in one category only. Entries cannot be submitted under more than one category.

  1. Pressure Sensitive Papers
  2. Non-Adhesive Synthetics
  3. Pressure Sensitive Synthetics
  4. Papers 1: Coated & Uncoated
  5. Papers 2: C1S & C2S Boards & Pre-Converted
  6. Papers 3: Specialty Fine

How to Submit an Entry:

Fill out one entry form completely and clearly for each submission. Do not use paper clips or staples to attach entries to paper form. Do not fold or crease. Please take care as to not jeopardize the integrity of the entries. Package with care when shipping entries. Multiple entries considered to be part of a series or campaign may be counted as one entry. There is no limit to the number of entries submitted by each company.

NEW! The minimum number of actual printed pieces for each entry is ten, with 40 pieces suggested for full consideration. Do not send artwork, master slides, transparencies, photocopies or photographs. Entries must be cut down to the finished product size to be eligible; press sheets will not be accepted. Projects created with artwork supplied by GPA are not eligible.

Entry Deadline:

All entries must arrive at GPA’s headquarters in McCook, IL by October 20, 2017. Any entries received after that date will not be

Mail Entries to:

GPA Corporate Headquarters
Attn: Marketing Dept., Print & Design Contest
8701 West 47th Street, Suite A
McCook, IL 60525

Judging & Prizes:

A panel of distinguished industry experts will choose six Best of Category winners, one Best of Show winner and six Award of Distinction winners. Winners will be announced in January 2018.

Entries will be evaluated on:

  • Uniqueness of design
  • End use of application
  • Number of GPA substrates utilized
  • Quality of printing
  • Complexity of production

Best of Category

This is the entry that receives the highest number of votes within a specific category. Best of Category winners receive a $50 gift card and a framed copy of the winning entry. Please note that the Best of Category winner who wins Best of Show, will be awarded the Best of Show prize only.

Best of Show

Best of Show will be chosen from one of the six (6) Best of Category winners. There will be only one Best of Show winner. The winner for Best of Show receives a grand prize and a framed copy of the winning entry.

Award of Distinction

Entries that do not win Best of Category or Best of Show are eligible for an Award of Distinction. This award will recognize six (6) entries that also deserve accolades. Award of Distinction winners will received a framed certificate.

All Best of Category, Best of Show, and Award of Distinction winners will receive special recognition through GPA’s social media channels, as well as added exposure in a variety of industry trade publications.

To view winning entries from previous years, visit and click on the “Applications” tab, or visit GPA on Pinterest at


Tel:  800-395-9000
Fax: 800-395-3581

Be sure to include “Print & Design Contest” in the subject line.

Download the printable Rules and Regulations with Entry Form here!