Q: What are the Etsy Awards?
A: The Etsy Awards celebrate the best of creativity in UK and Ireland. Eligible UK and Ireland Etsy sellers will be recognised for their work across these categories: New Etsy Talent, Retail Star, Home & Living, Fashion & Accessories, Kids & Baby and 5 regional awards (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland). Find out more here. Contenders for the People’s Choice award will be selected from the 60 finalists across the other award categories. The winner will be decided by public vote.
The 2016 Etsy Awards judges are:
Patricia van den Akker, Director of The Design Trust
Anna Rigby, Head of Buying, Home Accessories, John Lewis
Erica Davies, The Edited
Pip McCormac, Lifestyle Director, Red Magazine
We are also working with creative organisations throughout the UK and Ireland (many of which will kindly contribute to the selection of the regional awards). These include: London Design Festival, Tent London, Crafts Council, The Design Trust, Contemporary Applied Arts, Craft Central, Crafty Fox Market, Craft Scotland, Creative Scotland, Emergents, Xpo North, Arts Council of Wales, Helfa Gelf, Craft NI, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Offset, Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and many more detailed on the Etsy UK blog.
Every Award except the People’s Choice Award will be evaluated by the judges. The People’s Choice Award will be decided by a public vote at etsyawards.com.
The 2016 Etsy Award winners’ prize package includes:
Cash prize: £10,000 for People’s Choice (£2500 for gold winners of 5 other categories)
Products included in Etsy's Award Winners’ showcase at Tent London during London Design Festival
Coverage on social media and inclusion in the Etsy Awards UK & Ireland PR campaign
Purchase order from John Lewis to sell at Oxford Street flagship store (Retail Star gold winner only)
One year free membership to The Design Trust Business Club (New Etsy Talent gold winner only)
Business support programme from The Design Trust
Q: Who can enter the Etsy Awards?
A: The Awards are open to Etsy sellers with active Etsy shops based in the UK or Ireland. Please see Eligibility Criteria for each award category for more detail and find out more here.
Q: I don’t have an Etsy shop, can I still apply?
A: You need an active Etsy shop to be eligible to apply. Just go here and enter the code ETSYAWARDSUKIRELAND to open your new shop and redeem 20 free listings. Remember, your application will be assessed on the quality and presentation of your Etsy shop. Don’t forget to add your About page, so we can find out all about you and your work. Check out tips and tricks for getting your shop started in our Seller Handbook.
Q: Can I enter in more than one category?
A: When you complete the submission form, please select the product category that your work best suits (Home & Living / Fashion & Accessories / Kids & Baby). Depending on your eligibility, you will automatically be entered for the other award categories including New Etsy Talent, Retail Star and the 5 regional awards.
Q: What happens if all of my items sell during the Etsy Awards and my shop is empty?
A: If all of your items sell during the Awards period, congratulations! Your submission will still be valid. We do need to see live listings in your shop in order to process your application so please restock your shop as swiftly as possible. If you have multiple quantities of the item, we suggest that you continue to replenish any sold listings submitted until the winners are announced.
Q: What if I miss the deadline for submissions?
A: To be fair to all applicants, we cannot accept entries after the submission deadline of midnight on 28th April 2016. This is in compliance with the Terms and Conditions.
Q: How will I find out if I am a finalist?
A: Etsy will notify all finalists directly through the email address provided with their entry. We will also post all the finalists on etsyawards.com by 6pm on 23 May 2016. Good luck!
Q: How will I find out if I am a winner?
A: Etsy will notify all winners directly through the email address provided with their entry. We will also notify the public of all the winners on etsyawards.com no later than 20th June 2016.
Q: I’m having trouble submitting through etsyawards.com. What do I do?
A: Go to etsy.com/help/contact and select “Other” in the drop down to get in touch with Etsy Support.
Q: Can I vote for more than one person for the People’s Choice Award?
A: You can only vote for one finalist for the People’s Choice Award.