Made in Virginia Awards 2024

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The Made in Virginia Awards are an ode to the boundless creativity flourishing within the state, showcasing the best bites, niftiest innovations, and showstopping creations crafted right here in the Commonwealth.

You can win! Winners will be included in our December 2024 issue, and one standout winner in each of our 5 categories seen below will receive a $500 prize. Entry costs $25 per submission/product. 

And this year we are introducing an exciting new category to the lineup: Outdoor & Recreation, where you’ll find all the best gear to get you active, entertained, and out in the wilderness!

The awards are open to any Virginia-based business whose products are manufactured in-state and will be available for retail purchase from Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2024, at minimum.

Categories include:

  • Food 
  • Drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
  • Style & Beauty (skincare, bath products, fragrances, clothing, jewelry, bags, other accessories)
  • Home & Garden (furniture, kitchenwares, decor, art, gifts, gardening tools, pet goods, children’s toys)
  • Outdoor & Recreation (wilderness, sailing, and hunting/fishing gear, sporting supplies, musical instruments)

After thorough review and deliberation by our expert category judges and editorial staff, winners will be notified in early August. 

Guidelines:

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN FROM MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2024 TO MONDAY, JULY 22, 2024.

EACH SUBMISSION REQUIRES AN ENTRY FEE OF $25. 

Please ship or drop off all samples to:

Virginia Living Magazine

c/o Made in Virginia Awards

109 E. Cary St.

Richmond, VA 23219

We will accept delivery by mail or in-person. For in-person delivery, our office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. 

A note on perishable items: We will begin taste testing on Friday, July 26. Submission samples must be at our office by no later than Thursday, July 25 to be tested and in the running for the awards. If your product is perishable, please mark CLEARLY on the packaging. To ensure freshness, we suggest perishable items be sent in priority shipping the week of July 22.

ALL PRODUCTS SUBMITTED FOR CONSIDERATION MUST SEND A SAMPLE.*

*A note on samples: If your product is too large to transport to our office in Richmond, please contact Associate Editor, Hope Cartwright at [email protected].

All items must be:

  • Packaged and produced in Virginia.
  • Available for retail from Nov. 1-Dec. 31, 2024, at minimum (online-only sales also accepted).

Categories & Criteria:

Food

We will be judging food on the criteria of taste, innovation, packaging, and overall appeal. (Is it interesting? Easy to prepare? Unusual?)

Drink 

This can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic—coffee, tea, soda, etc.

Style & Beauty
  • Style: Includes clothing, shoes, jewelry, bags, outdoor wear, accessories, and more.
  • Beauty: Includes lotions, soaps, bath salts/bombs, hair products, lip balms, and more.
Home & Garden
  • Home: Includes furniture, kitchenware, bedding, pet goods, stationary, toys, decor like artwork, candles, rugs, and more.
  • Garden: Includes gardening supplies, decorative plants, backyard games, and outdoor/patio furniture.
Outdoor & Recreation
  • Outdoor: Includes hiking and camping gear, hunting and fishing supplies, boating needs, and more. 
  • Recreation: Includes sports equipment, riding gear, game tables like billiards, musical instruments, and more.

Other notes:

  • Photos and descriptions are required of all products. 
  • Samples should be available to borrow for later photography, if necessary. 
  • Samples must be delivered to or dropped off at our office in Richmond. 
  • If you are a previous Made in Virginia winner, but you would like to submit a different type of product (for example: you won in 2018 for your soap, but you also make candles), you are welcome to submit.
  • We do not mail samples back to senders.

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