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While canceling Noted 2020 was the right decision from a policy standpoint—it is our role and responsibility to prioritize the health and well-being of our members and partners.  We are still excited to be offering this Best New Product competition called Noted @ *Noted. To keep everything fresh, this year’s entries must have been introduced after January 1, 2020. Please remember that if you have submitted for the LOUIE Awards, you are utilizing the same login information.

Please see the ten categories below:

Best Color Combo Card. Nothing sets a mood like color, and we’re seeking the most alluring examples. Don’t forget to include color or kraft envelopes!

Best New Product Line. Show us your new collections for 2020! We are seeking standout illustration and copy, as well as a distinctive cohesion across the range.

Best Noted Mailer. As Noted 2020 has been canceled, we are no longer accepting submissions for this category. We know a lot of careful effort goes into these, so we were looking forward to seeing — and share — what you’re sending out! Please look for this category to return next year.

Best Tear Jerker Card. This special category is reserved for those cards that splendidly capture and share heartfelt emotions during challenging or celebratory moments in life.

Best Use of Profanity Card. Some may call these blasphemous, but we’re seeking the true visionaries of this vulgar vein.

Most Beautiful Card. Send us your best and brightest dazzlers!

Most Encouraging Card. Whether it conveys a sender’s empathy or congratulations, submit your uplifting design here!

Printing Innovation. This category highlights individual cards or ranges that utilize newer, cutting-edge or unexpected printing processes or formats.

Smart Marketing. Describe (with images if possible) wholesale initiatives undertaken since May 2019 to capture the interest of retailers and increase sales for everyone. Whether it was a special offer or a social media campaign, we want to hear all about it!

Snarkiest Card. Let’s go beyond “ok boomer” to get your most sarcastic offerings (for real!).


Noted 2020 Exhibitors 

Noted exhibitors, who had paid a deposit, receive one free entry and may submit up to four additional paid entries for $25 per entry. Noted exhibitors receive a total of five entries.


Non-Exhibitors be represented in our efforts even without having been a registered exhibitor! You may submit up to four entries for $30 per entry.

Special thanks to our Judges

We are so excited to welcome our judges, who are listed for you below:

Dan Collier, Daniel Richards Showroom (Atlanta & Dallas), as well as the retail venues Archer Paper Goods (two Atlanta stores, one in Athens, Georgia, one in Dallas and a new one in Charlotte, North Carolina) as well as The Merchant Atlanta (two locations around Atlanta and one in Dallas).

Barbara MooneyDaisy’s Mercantile, Alameda, California.

Sarah SchwartzThe Paper Chronicles, Cleveland, Ohio

Chelsea ShukovSugar Paper, which produces its own luxe wholesale range and also has California stores in Brentwood, Newport Beach, and Marin.

Audrey WoollenUrbanic Paper Boutique, Venice, California.

Tory WrightPaper E. Clips, a major Canadian wholesale distributor of cards and giftware.


All set and ready to submit?

Submissions will be accepted through April 10. At that point, the judges will score the entries.

Please note that only the top three finalists will be notified. 

Finalists will also be asked to send in nine individual cards of each finalist design as our judges will be reviewing them individually. Winners will be announced at a later date.


View the 2019 Winners!

Inklings Paperie
2019 Winner, Best New Product Line
2019 Holiday Collection
CharmCat Creative
Winner, Creative Copy
Gender Non-Specific Card
Up With Paper
2019 Winner, Printing Innovation
Sardines Card
Ramona & Ruth
2019 Winner, Smart Marketing
Kindness Grows Mailer


This event is sponsored by The Paper Chronicles

For any questions, please contact Sarah at sarah@thepaperchronicles.com