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Calling all designers

By Laura Michaels, Foodservice News

The 2017 MMPA Excellence Awards design contest is underway. Each year, MMPA challenges its members to design the official poster for the event. The winning entry is used to promote the Excellence Awards throughout the year.

Submit your work by March 6 for a chance to see your design on the cover of this year’s awards booklet. The winning designer will be recognized at the gala on Nov. 2, 2017, with a crystal award.

Entries should follow these specifications:

Size: 8.5 inches x 11 inches

Color: Full color. If your design wins, it will serve as the basis for all other marketing materials, so designs that include an entire palette of colors will be given extra consideration.

Copy (must include all of the following—but you may choose to add more):

  • Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association
  • 21st annual Minnesota Publishing Excellence Awards
  • November 2, 2017
  • Aria, Minneapolis, MN

Art: Must include a copy of the MMPA logo—either in color, black and white, or reversed. Logo files are available here.

Deadline: Submit entries as PDFs. The winner must submit native files to Mary Pat Nielson at by 5 p.m. on March 6. The winner will be notified in mid-March.