(Charleston, SC) June 8, 2012-- Garden & Gun magazine is searching for the best Southern products in food, style and design, outdoors and home. To celebrate the rich cultural tradition of Southern craft, design and ingenuity, the editors created the successful awards program three years ago.  Each fall, G&G editors and a who’s who lineup of guest judges pore through the hundreds of entries to find the winner of the Made in the South Awards. 

Judges for the Awards this year include:

·       James Beard Award-winning chef Mike Lata, FIG Restaurant, Charleston, SC

·       Matt and Carrie Eddmenson, owners of the hip Nashville concept store, Imogene + Willie

·       T. Edward Nickens, expert sportsman and G&G contributor

·       Susan Hable Smith and Katharine Hable Sweeny, owners of the textile design company, Hable Construction

The South was built by people who built things—I’m looking for pieces that reflect a weaving together of place and passion and usefulness, works whose beauty is in the eye of any beholder, but whose driving merit is to get the job done,” offers judge T. Edward Nickens.

The Awards have a tradition of making a big impact on the winner’s lives, particularly as many artisans have often been working at their craft far from the national spotlight.  “Winning a Made in the South Award has been a game changer for me.  In the first two weeks after it was announced, I sold more ties online than I had in the previous year,” says Otis James of Otis James Ties in Nashville, who was a category winner in 2011.

Garden & Gun will select one overall winning entry and a winner in each category, which will then be featured in the December 2012/January 2013 issue of the magazine. Each winner will receive a $500 cash prize along with a chance to be a part of the Made in the South Awards online boutique at the Garden & Gun Store,

Who should apply: Any Southern artisan or business with a product that will be available through January 2013. Products must be made in the South (U.S.) and fall under one of the following categories: food, outdoors, style & design, or home.

How to Apply:  Entries will be accepted June 1, 2012, through August 1, 2012.  Entry forms, category descriptions, and further details can be found at

Follow the process on Twitter by referencing the dedicated hash tag, #MISA12 or by following our board on Pinterest, search for Garden & Gun.


About Garden & Gun   Garden & Gun is an award-winning national lifestyle magazine that covers the best of the South, including the sporting culture, the food, the music, the art, the literature, the people and their ideas.  Reaching a national audience of over 600,000 passionate and engaged readers, the magazine has won numerous awards for its journalism, design, and overall excellence.



Sterling Eason

Director of Corporate Communications
Garden & Gun
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