How much does it cost to enter?
The entry fee is $45.
What kind of products are eligible?
This is an awards contest for consumer products. An easy definition of consumer products is products you might give or receive as a gift (excluding art or sculptures—see more below). So, a leather wallet would be fair game; brake pads for your car probably would not. Here are just a few examples of products that would be welcomed in each category:
Fashion & Style: boots; jewelry; perfume; handbags and satchels
Workshop: furniture; fire pits; porch swings; cutting boards; pocket knives; guitars; hand turned pens
Food: Nut butters; oils; chocolates; popcorn; pickles; cheese; jerky
Drinks: craft beer; coffee; whiskey; fruit juices; cocktail mixers; spring water
At Home: candles; throws and quilts; porcelain vessels; kitchen wares
Adventure & Outdoors: kayaks; bbq pits; lawn games; dog collars; fishing lures
Pets & Animals: Collars, feed and treats, chicken coops, tack and saddles, dog sweaters
Apothecary: Soap, lotion, hair care, skin care
How many products can I enter?
Each product maker/brand is limited to one entry, and each entry is limited to one product or product collection. An example of a product collection would be different flavor variants of the same product, for example, peanut butter: creamy, chunky, honey roasted, chocolate, etc. If you submit several products as part of a collection, we reserve the right to isolate for recognition just one of the products within the collection.
I’m an artist / photographer / sculptor. Are my artworks/photos/sculptures eligible?
Unfortunately, no—please do not submit artwork, photos, or sculptures for consideration. We’re considering a Texas Works Awards - Photography Edition for the future, so keep an eye out for that. If you have a question as to whether your product would be deemed “artwork”, please email us at email@example.com.
I'm based in Texas but I have my product made outside of Texas. Can I still enter?
Yes. The Texas Works Awards is intended to celebrate Texas-based product makers and brands, as opposed to strictly made-in-Texas products. We reserve the right to score greater weight to products in the following order of priority: products that are made in Texas (highest priority); products made in the USA; products made abroad for purposes of craftsmanship and authenticity; and products made abroad for purposes of economy and scale (lowest priority).
I can’t decide which category my product fits into. What should I do?
Pick the category you feel most comfortable in. We reserve the right to re-categorize your product post-submission, but we’ll only do that if we feel it’s in the best interest of the contest to do so.
Are vendors of No. 4 St. James eligible?
Products co-branded with or made on behalf of No. 4 St. for marketing under the No. 4 St. James label are not eligible. However, if you make a product marketed under your own brand name and sold by No. 4 St. James under a 3rd party wholesale relationship, you are still eligible to participate. The judging rounds include safeguards against conflicts of interest by any employees, officers, agents and family of No. 4 St. James and the other Awards hosts and sponsors.
Can I enter a new product that is not yet on the market?
Yes, as long as a) you have a physical sample available (with final product packaging, etc) for us to review if requested, and b) the product is commercially available (for sale on your website or other stores) as of November 1, 2018.
What is the prize for individual category winners and the People’s Choice winners?
Bragging rights only. There is only one Grand Prize winner, and that winner takes home a $10,000 prize. The Grand Prize winner is also the winner of its product category.