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  • The card must have been marketed or sold in the U.S. between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.
  • The card must come from a run of 200 or more. For Invitations & Announcements, it must come from a run of 50 or more.
  • No samples or prototypes may be submitted for judging.
  • No cards that have been entered in previous years may be re-entered, except for cards submitted for Rising Star.


  • For a category to be judged, there must be a minimum of seven total entries from at least four different companies. If the minimum is not met, entries will be combined with alternate price point of same category where possible*.
  • If the above criteria are not met, applicants may move their card(s) to a different category if applicable or will be refunded entry fees.


  • The company must be in business for three years or less.
  • The company must have sold first official card on or after January 1, 2021, to be eligible.
  • Entrants must submit five cards so that judges can evaluate the collection as a whole.
  • Entrants will only be charged one entry fee.


  • The company must have five or fewer full time employees.
  • Must be a birthday card.

*If category is not divided by price point, entries will be combined with another similar category.

Please contact gca@greetingcard.org if you have any questions about submission rules.