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Call for entities are now open for the PaperAwards 7th edition, with winners to be showcased at the A/W19 edition of Top Drawer. Supported by G.F Smith, the PaperAwards are set to continue their tradition of recognising and celebrating the very best in design, creativity and innovation across greetings and stationery.

Exhibitors are invited to enter their latest ranges into any of the award’s four categories: Exciting Use of Colour, Emotive Design, Engaging Print and, for the very first time, Best Stationery Design.

Of the decision to introduce the Best Stationery Design category, Top Drawer Show Director—Alejandra Campos said, “With several stand-out stationery products being submitted across our existing categories in January, we made the decision to showcase their work and surprise both visitors and exhibitors by announcing a dedicated stationery award at the show. From the great reaction received, it was clear that a permanent stationery-focused category would be a perfect addition to the PaperAwards. As such, we’re thrilled to welcome stationery brands to submit their work to a stand-alone category for the very first time this season, and look forward to seeing what will undoubtedly be fantastic entries for all of the PaperAwards categories.”

One of last season’s winners, Evan Lewis from VENT from Change commented, “The PaperAwards at this January’s Top Drawer has catapulted us into the public sphere. Time and again people have referred back to the award as the reason they’ve heard about our range and what we’re up to. The coverage off the back of the award has been incredibly helpful to a start-up like VENT for Change. Journalists, bloggers and buyers have all been drawn to our range as a result.”

Continuing to attract a panel of the highest calibre, this season’s expert judges include:

  • Preena Patel, The Design Museum

  • Holly Tucker, Not on The High street, Holly & Co

  • Sidonie Warren, Papersmiths

  • Emily Dunston, Heals

  • Emma Hawkins, Fortnum & Mason

  • Eleanor Gregory, Selfridges

  • Molly Park, Oliver Bonas

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