Award Categories

The Premier Print Awards has categories that cover work done by printers, trade binderies, other finishing craftsmen, and prepress specialists—everyone involved in the production of an outstanding printed piece.
And don’t forget, some pieces may fit in more than one category. So if you have an especially handsome piece or a show-stopper, you will want to enter it in several categories.

Feel free to include with your piece a short paragraph explaining the processes used to accomplish the piece. This is not necessary for all categories, but please pay attention to the categories where a paragraph is required. Entries that fail to meet all requirements for a particular category will be reclassified or disqualified.

For a list of these categories in Spanish, please click here.

A. Presentation Folders/Portfolios and Binders

Presentation folders/portfolios with pockets and Binders (entries submitted with inserts will be judged as a unit).
A-1 Presentation Folders/Portfolios (1, 2, or 3 colors)
A-2 Presentation Folders/Portfolios (4 or more colors)
A-3 Binders (Loose-leaf)
Binders with inserts will be judged by the quality of the entire package, including both binder and inserts. Stand-alone binders that wish to be judged on specific components, such as a trapped pre-printed insert, should provide a description of the production process.

B. Brochures, Broadsides, Booklets, and Flyers

B-1 Brochures and Broadsides, Small
Piece that is folded from a sheet 11x17 in. or smaller and is not stapled or bound
B-2 Brochures and Broadsides, Large
Piece that is folded from a sheet larger than 11x17 in. and is not stapled or bound
B-4 Booklets (4 or more colors, printers with 20 employees or less)
B-5 Booklets (4 or more colors, printers with 21–100 employees)
B-6 Booklets (4 or more colors, printers with more than 101 employees)
B-7 Booklets (4 or more colors, creative companies/agencies)
B-8 Flyers (1, 2, or 3 colors)
B-9 Flyers (4 or more colors)
B-10 Booklet or Brochure Series

C. Catalogs

C-1 Product/Service Catalogs (1, 2, or 3 colors)
Catalog for consumer, business, specialized markets, art exhibits, museums, schools, colleges, universities, or service-providing commercial firms.
C-2 Product Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers with 20 employees or less)
Catalogs for consumer, business, and specialized markets. 
C-3 Product Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers with 21-100 employees)
Catalogs for consumer, business, and specialized markets. 
C-4 Product Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers with 101 or more employees)
Catalogs for consumer, business, and specialized markets. 
C-5 Product Catalogs (4 or more colors, creative companies/agencies)
Catalogs for consumer, business, and specialized markets.  
C-6 Service Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers with 20 employees or less)
Catalogs for consumer, business, and specialized markets.  
C-7 Service Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers with 21–100 employees)
Catalogs for consumer, business, and specialized markets.  
C-8 Service Catalogs (4 or more colors, printers 101 or more employees)
Catalogs for consumer, business, and specialized markets.
C-9 Service Catalogs (4 or more colors, creative companies/agencies)
C-10 Product/Service Catalogs (Cover—sheetfed; Interior—web)

D. Books, Book Jackets, and Diaries

D-1 Juvenile Books
Does not include school textbooks. For digitally printed Juvenille Books, see N-4.
D-2 Hard Cover Trade Books, Journals, and Other Books
Scientific, professional, fiction, or non-fiction;
hard cover only.
D-3 Soft Cover Books
D-4 School Textbooks
Elementary through college.
D-5 School Yearbooks
D-6 Book Jackets
Please submit jacket with book for presentation purposes, only the book jacket will be judged.
D-7 Novelty Books
That which is new and unusual. For digitally printed Novelty Books, see N-5.
D-8 Diaries and Desk Calendars
D-9 Art Books (1, 2, or 3 colors)
“Coffee-Table” books devoted to the reproduction of art, photography, or artistic collections
D-10 Art Books (4 or more colors)
“Coffee-Table” books devoted to the reproduction of art, photography, or artistic collections
D-11 Cookbooks
Books that are devoted to culinary topics and food preparation. For digitally printed Cookbooks, see N-6.

E. Magazines and Magazine Inserts

E-1 Fashion/Popular Culture Magazines
(printers with fewer than 250 employees)
Magazines focused of fashion, health, and popular culture
E-2 Fashion/Popular Culture Magazines
(printers with more than 250 employees)
Magazines focused of fashion, health, and popular culture
E-3 Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines
(printers with fewer than 250 employees)
E-4 Architectural/Art/Travel/Other Magazines
(printers with more than 250 employees)
E-5 Magazines (Cover-Sheetfed; Interior-Web)
E-6 Magazine Inserts
E-7 Magazine Series
Entry must consist of multiple issues of the same magazine title during a one-year period. Work will be judged on consistency of printing and design in the series. At least three different issues must be submitted in order to be eligible for judging.

F. Internal Communication Pieces

Publications produced exclusively for the internal communication needs of a single company or organization.
F-1 Internal Communication Pieces (1, 2, or 3 colors)
F-2 Internal Communication Pieces (4 or more colors)

G. Newsletters

G-1 Newsletters (For-Profit Organizations)
G-2 Newsletters (Association/Non-Profit Organizations)

H. Business and Annual Reports

H-1 Business and Annual Reports (1, 2, or 3 colors)
H-2 Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colors, printers with 20 employees or less)
H-3 Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colors, printers with 21–100 employees)
H-4 Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colors, printers with more than 101 employees)
H-5 Business and Annual Reports (4 or more colors, creative companies/agencies)

I. Point-of-Purchase Materials

Includes any in-store promotional materials such as take-ones, counter cards, shelf displays, etc.
I-1 Point-of-Purchase Materials, Large
I-2 Point-of-Purchase Materials, Small

J. Posters, Art Prints, and Other Art Reproductions

Entries must be the actual poster or print; do not send photographs or slides. If possible, please ship entries flat.
J-1 Posters
Wall posters, truck or window posters, car cards, or calendar posters intended for use as promotion or decoration.
J-2 Art Prints
Reproductions of fine art intended for use as decoration, no books or brochures, see D-10 or D-11.

K. Cards

Christmas cards, greeting cards, postcards, and blank notes.
K-1 Cards

L. Invitations and Programs

L-1 Invitations (1, 2, or 3 colors)
L-2 Invitations (4 or more colors)
L-3 Programs (1, 2, or 3 colors)
L-4 Programs (4 or more colors)

M. Calendars

Calendars designed to be posters may be entered in both category M-1 and category J-1, Posters. Desk calendars should be entered in category D-9.
M-1 Calendars  

N. On-Demand and Digital Printing

N-1 Digital Printing—Brochures and Booklets
72 pages or less, bound (saddle-stitched, perfect, Wire-O, not case bound)
N-2 Digital Printing—Juvenile Books
Does not Include school textbooks.
N-3 Digital Printing—Novelty Books
That which is new and unusual.
N-4 Digital Printing—Cookbooks
Books that are devoted to culinary topics and food preparation.
N-5 Digital Printing—Packaging
N-6 Customized/Personalized/Variable-Data Digital Printing
Personalized or customized product. (Piece may be a “shell,” produced in quantity using offset litho or other print process.)
Entries must include at least two different pieces from the run and a brief description (a sentence or two) of the project, the system, and technique used to produce the entry.
Entries submitted without an accompanying description will be disqualified.
N-7 Campaign
Entry must include multiple pieces produced for a single purpose or promotion. Some pieces of the promotional package must include pieces that are customized/personalized, using any of the above technologies/processes; some of the pieces may have been produced by another process.
Please include a paragraph or brief description of the project and the processes used to produce the entry.
Entries submitted without an accompanying description will be disqualified.
Example: A 1:1 promotion that includes multiple pieces in the outbound package—personalized letter, personalized brochure, a bounce-back card and envelope—plus a poster that every respondent receives. The poster and bounce-back card may have been produced digitally, or not; the envelope is produced using litho. All are part of the promotional campaign.

O. Finishing Techniques

O-1 Foil Stamping
O-2 Digital Enhancement Printing
O-3 Embossing/Debossing
O-4 Diecuts and Pop-ups
O-5 Specialty Inks or Coatings, Fragrances, or “Invisible” Printing Inks
Entry must include a paragraph or brief description of the project and the processes used to produce the entry.
O-6 Folding
O-7 Binding
O-8 Other Special Finishing Techniques
Entry must provide a description of the technique.

P. Alternative Printing Methods

P-1 Hi-Fidelity Printing—Print using more than 4-colors in halftone areas to enhance images and graphics
P-2 Stochastic Printing

Q. Directories and Source Books

Publications listing names, addresses, etc., of individuals or companies.
Q-1 Directories and Source Books

R. Stationery and Office Materials

Individual pieces of your entry should be placed into separate envelopes.
R-1 Letterhead
R-2 Business Cards
R-3 Envelopes
R-4 Stationery Packages (1, 2, or 3 colors)
Includes letterhead, envelopes, and business cards.
R-5 Stationery Packages (4 or more colors)
Includes letterhead, envelopes, and business cards.

S. Environmentally Sound Materials

S-1 Environmentally Sound Materials
Entries must use at least two of the following:
• Recycled papers
• Soy or vegetable-based inks
• Direct-to-plate
• Aqueous coating, energy-curable inks and coatings
• Other environmentally sound product not mentioned above
Submit an entry and a paragraph describing the materials and processes employed. Entries submitted without an accompanying description will be disqualified.

T. Packaging/Labels

T-1 Cartons, Containers, Boxes, and Totes
Includes single cartons and containers or an integrated series. Integrated series should be entered as a single unit with one entry fee.
T-2 Media Packaging
T-3 Labels and Wraps—Cut and stack, sheetfed
Includes single labels and wraps or an integrated series.
It is strongly recommended that the entry be submitted adhered to the actual product. Integrated series should be entered as a single unit with one entry fee.
T-4 Labels and Wraps—Rolled products/pressure-sensitive
Includes single labels and wraps or an integrated series. It is strongly recommended that the entry be submitted adhered to the actual product. Integrated series should be entered as a single unit with one entry fee.
T-5 Flexographic Printing
Includes narrow-web labels and wraps, rolled products, pressure-sensitive, wide-web process, and wide-web line.

U. Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion

Entries may include more than one item if the material was mailed as a single unit or was part of a campaign. If the entry includes more than one item, please submit the entry in an envelope.
U-1 Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (Printers with 20 employees or less)
U-2 Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (Printers with 21–100 employees)
U-3 Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (Printers with 101 or more employees)
U-5 Print/Graphic Arts Self-Promotion (Prepress companies, finishing, advertising
and other graphic arts firms)

V. Web Press Printing

V-1 Web Press Printing (Coated paper)
V-2 Web Press Printing (Uncoated paper)

W. Marketing/Promotional Materials

Entries in categories W-1 through W-5 must include more than one piece. Entrant should have printed substantially all parts of the finished package. Individual pieces of your entry should be placed into an envelope.
W-1 Promotional Campaigns, Business-to-Business
A coordinated effort to promote a business, product, or service that may or may not use mail as a means of distribution.
W-2 Promotional Campaigns, Consumer
A coordinated effort to promote a business, product, or service that may or may not use mail as a means of distribution.
W-3 Direct Mail Campaigns, Business-to-Business
Uses mail as its exclusive means of distribution; objective is to promote to another business.
W-4 Direct Mail Campaigns, Consumer
Uses mail as its exclusive means of distribution; objective is to entice the consumer to purchase.
W-5 Media Kits
A single package of promotional or informational materials packed into a folder or carrier for distribution.
W-6 Single Promotional Self-Mailer
W-7 Cross-Media Promotion

X. Specialty Printing

X-1 Large-Format Printing
Materials in one or more colors with at least one dimension measuring in excess of 60 inches. Submit with a paragraph describing the production process used. If possible, please ship entries in a manner that does not compromise the piece (if the item is too large to ship flat, roll and package accordingly; folding often damages the piece so that judges do not have an accurate sense of the piece). Entries submitted without an accompanying description will be
disqualified.
X-2
Decorative Printing
X-3 Fabric/Textile Printing
X-4 3D Printing
X-5 Functional Printing
X-6 Industrial Printing
X-7 Miscellaneous Specialties—Other
Materials that do not fit the criteria for any other category.
Examples: banners, menus, matchbooks, record covers, maps, playing cards, decals, metal decorating, CD-ROMs, and silk-screened items. Submit entry and a paragraph describing materials and processes employed. Entries submitted without an accompanying description will be
disqualified.

Y. Special Innovation Awards

Entries in this category must be submitted with a statement—at least 50 words and no more than 500 words—as to why the piece is innovative: new, expanded, or unique use of technology, or an innovative mix of existing technologies. Your entry and the accompanying statement should be placed into an envelope. Entries submitted without accompanying statement will be disqualified.
Y-1 Special Innovation Awards - Printing
Y-2 Special Innovation Awards - Other

Z. Students

Open to any student or student group in high school, vocational school, or college and involved in the creation or production of print communications.
In-plant university press operations not run by students are ineligible for this category.
Z-1 High School Students
Z-2 Post-Secondary Students

They Said It Couldn’t Be Done

This category is for printers who exceed limitations and expectations when tackling the numerous challenges faced on the toughest jobs. Entries must include a copy of the finished piece and a paragraph describing the challenges of the job and how they were overcome. Entries not containing all required elements will be disqualified.

SA They Said It Couldn’t Be Done

Questions
For questions regarding categories, contact Michael Packard, at 800-910-4283 ext. 704 or by clicking here.

Published on Thursday, January 5, 2006 (updated 03/01/2017)

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