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2017 Southern Living Home Awards
Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who may submit a project?
A. Projects may be submitted by architects, residential designers, interior designers, builders, design bloggers, and homeowners.

Q. Am I still eligible to enter if my project has already been featured in another publication (either in print or online) or aired on television?
A. We do accept project entries that have been featured in trade publications, city and regional publications, newspapers, blogs or online-only magazines, or on television. However, homes that have been previously featured in a national magazine are not eligible for this competition.

Q. May I enter the same project in multiple categories?
A. Yes. There may be some instances where a project may warrant being submitted as both a complete project (such as New Home or Exterior Makeover) and as individual spaces (such as Kitchen). If you would like to enter your project in more than one category, you will need to submit each entry separately, complete with its own entry form, permission form, project description, plans, and photographs.

Q. May I submit more than one project?
A. Yes! You may enter as many projects as you like. Just be sure to submit each project separately as its own entry, complete with its own entry form, permission form, project description, plans, and photographs.

Q. Are there square footage restrictions on the homes?
A. Yes. Homes should have a total heated square footage of less than 5,000 square feet.

Q. Are model and spec homes eligible?
A. No. All submitted homes should be completely finished including landscaping and interior furnishings. We request that all homes entered also be primary or secondary residences that the homeowners frequently visit or use. No show houses, spec houses, rental properties, real estate listings, or development model homes, please.

Q. Will the homeowners be named in the article?
A. While we prefer to include homeowners in our stories, it is fine if the homeowners wish to remain anonymous

Q. Do I need to hire a professional photographer for my submission?
A. No. It is fine to submit photographs that you have taken yourself. However, in order to ensure the best quality, we recommend taking pictures with a digital camera, not a smartphone camera.

Q. When are they entry deadlines?
A. Digital
entries (see How To Enter for requirements) must be received by September 2, 2016. Mailed Entries (see How To Enter for requirements) must be postmarked no later than September 2, 2016 and received no later than September 9, 2016

Q. Who judges the Southern Living Home Awards?
A. The awards are judged by a group of Southern Living editors and an outside architectural firm.

Q. Will the judges know whose projects they are reviewing?
A. No. All judging will be done anonymously. In order to ensure this, please be sure NOT to include any information that would reveal the architect, builder, designer, or exact home location on anything other than the entry form and permission form. Those forms will be removed for the actual judging.

Q. Do winners receive a prize?
A. The winning project from each category will be featured in a special section of the March 2017 issue of Southern Living magazine and on There are no cash prizes for the Southern Living Home Awards.

Q. What happens if I win?
A. The winners will be determined by end of September 2016. Winners will be contacted by an editor of Southern Living to discuss further project details and either obtain existing photography or discuss a future photo shoot. If needed, all winning projects will be photographed in October or November 2016.

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