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PEA 2019 - We're Ready for Your Entries!

This is the year the Association formed a committee to review the current categories to keep them in step with the industry and with PIA’s Premier Print Awards.  The review committee has decided on several exciting changes to the categories:

  • A new category for Creative / Design has been added to complement the Student Design category.  The creative/design team can be In House or an Outside company or Agency.
  • The Student Design category's entry fee has been waived.  We would like to encourage more student/school involvement and remove any financial concern.
  • The sub-categories of the Digital Printing category have been streamlined for easier entry.
  • The Flexographic Printing category now includes sub-categories, Rolled and Shrink Sleeve, and now has the requirement that the entries should be submitted "adhered to the actual product, when possible."  This will help illustrate the complexity and craftsmanship of the product.
  • Our Tags, Labels and Decals category now has the same requirement that entries should be submitted adhered to the product when possible.
  • The Point of Purchase category has better sub-categories, defined by size (Large and Small) rather than 3D or Flat.

Overall, our categories align well with the Premier Print Award categories to facilitate entry into the international competition.  We'd like to thank the members of the committee who shared their expertise to keep the competition lively and fair.

New materials for the 2019 contest will be available in early summer.  In the meantime, use the 2018 entry materials for early entries.  We will gladly pick up and store your entries as soon as you have them identified for the contest.  Click here for contest materials. 

The 2019 Print Excellence Awards contest will officially kick off in September, but you are encouraged to set aside your entries or submit them early!

Contest basics:

  • For just $35 per entry (and even less if you've never entered before or submit early!) you can enter the 2019 Print Excellence Awards.  Your entry will be judged by an independent panel of judges, both on its own merits and in comparison to entries from your peers. 
  • There are 35 separate categories of entries, some of which have significant sub-specialties.  Do you do gorgeous posters?  Specialty finishing?  Are you the master of environmentally sound materials?  There is a category for you!
  • Reward your hardworking employees by showing them you value their work by entering it to be judged against the best work of your competitors. 
  • It's great self-marketing.  Which, by the way, is a category in the print contest!  Show the judges how you advertise your own work.
  • Best of Category winners receive a free entry into the PIA's Premier Print Awards.
  • It's time to gather those great printed pieces and send them in!

Special offer for 2019 Print Excellence Awards entries:

25% off of entries submitted by August 1, 2018

Our own print contest, the Print Excellence Awards (PEA) is gearing up for the 2019 contest.  As our chairman, Barry Henry of API mentioned in the most recent Communicator magazine, "While we will continue to work on adding more companies to the competition, in an effort to increase the number of entries per company year to year we are reducing the cost per entry by 25% if submitted by August 1, 2018. 

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Association staff will also pick up any early entries and hold them until judging.

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 May 2019 

CLOSED Memorial Day

May 27, 2019

InPlant Peer Group

June 4, 2019

OSU UniPrint

Board of Directors Meeting

June 20, 2019

2019 Leadership Conference & Golf Outing

September 15-17, 2019

Quest Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio


October 23-25, 2019

Dallas, Texas

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