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  • 30 July 2014
  • Hannah Milman

The 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards Call for Entries

Calling all American makers!

Hi, I’m Hannah Milman, Crafts Executive Editorial Director for Martha Stewart Living, and a judge for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards. I want to share some great news with you, creative entrepreneurs who make beautiful, innovative, and inspiring products manufactured in the USA. The nomination period for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made awards has begun. This is an opportunity to spotlight your craft on a national stage, connect with other makers across the nation, and win some incredible prizes. To join us, submit your nomination by August 29th!

What is Martha Stewart’s American Made?

Martha Stewart’s American Made is a nationally recognized awards program that celebrates new rising stars of the growing maker culture who have turned their passions for handcrafted, well-designed goods into small businesses and proudly make their products in America. The program will culminate in November with the American Made Event, which includes the public announcement of the 2014 Award Winners, a lecture and interview series and a maker networking party, all to be held on November 7 and 8 at the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia headquarters in New York City.

...who have turned their passions for handcrafted, well-designed goods into small businesses and proudly make their products in America.

Who should apply?
Creative entrepreneurs in the areas of crafts, design, food, and style with distinctive, innovative, and beautiful products, proudly made and manufactured in America. To nominate yourself, go to http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade.

How are the winners chosen?

The executive editorial team of Martha Stewart Living will serve as category judges—for example, I’m on the Crafts panel—and oversee the selection process. Martha serves as head judge and makes the final picks. The judges’ criteria will be based on innovativeness, creativity, originality, workmanship, overall aesthetic, and embodiment of the American Made theme. Click here to meet our panel of judges.

From all the published nominees, 1,000 finalists will be selected to compete for the American Made Awards across the categories of crafts, design, food, and style. Of these finalists, 800 will be handpicked by our panel of esteemed judges. But that's not your only chance to be a finalist—activate your social network and encourage your fans to share your nominee profile on Facebook and Twitter to earn one of the remaining 200 wild-card spots. From the entire pool of finalists, 10 Award Winners will be named: nine by the judges and one by our audience.

What are the prizes?

Each of the 10 American Made Award winners will receive: a trip for two to New York City to attend the American Made event; a spot in our American Made Market; $10,000 to grow your business; a video produced by our in-house team; and an opportunity to be featured in Martha Stewart Living, on SiriusXM radio, and MarthaStewart.com.

Click here to check out past American Made Award winners.

Timeline:

June 3 – August 29, 2014: Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.
June 23 – September 8, 2014: Judges will select finalists throughout this period.
September 15 – October 13, 2014: Vote for your favorite American makers.
October 17, 2014: The 2014 American Made Award Winners are announced.
November 7-8, 2014: Join us for our annual event in New York City.

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