- The card must have been marketed or sold in the U.S. between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016.
- The card must come from a run of 200 or more. For Invitations, Announcements, and Photo Cards, 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 remain open, there must be a minimum of seven total entries from four different companies.
RISING STAR REQUIREMENTS:
- The company must be in business for three years or less.
- The company must have launched on or after January 1, 2014, 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.
BIRTHDAY - SMALL COMPANY CATEGORY REQUIREMENTS:
- The company must have five or fewer employees
- Must be a birthday card
- This category is not divided by price point