Q: When are entries due?

A: All entries are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, June 15, 2022.

Q: If my product is designed in the South but assembled elsewhere, can I still enter?

A: To qualify for the awards, your product must be physically put together in the South. 

Q: Which states do you consider part of the South?

A: We will happily accept entries from the following: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV, and Washington, D.C.

Q: My company has been covered by G&G in the past; can I still enter?

A: As long as the specific product you are entering has not been featured in the print magazine, we would invite you to enter.

Q: Should I enter my company as a whole or a specific product?

A: We ask that you narrow your entry to a specific product or a closely related group of products. (For example: various flavors of ice creams, a specific line of textiles, or a cohesive jewelry collection.)

Q: Can I enter more than once?

A: Yes. If you would like to submit unrelated products, you may enter two applications.

Q: What category should I enter?

A: See our category descriptions to choose the appropriate category.


Q: Do I have to submit twice to qualify for the new sustainability award? 

A: No. Enter the category under which you would normally submit your entry. On that application, you will have the opportunity to tell us about your company’s sustainable and environmentally friendly practices. The sustainability award will go to a single maker or small business and will be chosen across all categories.  

Q: Can I submit my application by mail?

A: No. To ensure that every application arrives safely and receives equal attention, we ask that ALL applications be submitted digitally. You will get an email confirmation once your application has been received.

Q: How do I know if my application was processed successfully? 

A: You will receive a confirmation email letting you know that your application went through. If you did not receive an email, please let us know at mis@gardenandgun.com

Q: What is the entry fee?

A: There is an entry fee of $75. To take advantage of the $50 discounted rate, apply by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022. 

Q: How can I pay?

A: We accept all major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

Q: My photos are not uploading correctly; what should I do?

A: First, make sure that each photo you are attempting to upload is 3MB or less. (Note: iPhone photos are usually smaller than 3MB, but you’ll still want to check each file size. Photos from a standard point-and-shoot digital camera, however, are often larger and will need to be resized on your computer before submitting.)

Second, the problem may be with your web browser. (For example: If you are using Safari, try using the most current version of Google Chrome or Firefox instead—and vice versa.) If the problem persists, email us at mis@gardenandgun.com.

Q: Can visual artists submit their work?

A: Unfortunately, visual artists such as painters, sculptors, and photographers do not qualify for the awards. However, we are always excited to discover new Southern talent, so feel free to email us at editorial@gardenandgun.com.

Q: When will I be notified if my product is being considered as a finalist?

A: Everyone will be notified by the middle of October.

Q: Do I need to mail in my physical product?

A: Not during the first round of judging. The first round of judging will be based on the entry form, photos, and additional staff research.

Q: When will the final winners be announced to the public?

A: Winners and runners-up will be announced to the public in our December 2022/January 2023 issue.