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New stationery category added in 7th edition of Top Drawer competition


ENTRIES for the PaperAwards at Top Drawer A/W are now open – but be quick, the closing date for the three usual categories and the new Best Stationery Design is next Friday, July 19.

Introduced as an extra at the January edition of Top Drawer thanks to the quality of entries, show organisers Clarion Events have decided to make Best Stationery Design a permanent fixture of the PaperAwards.
Winners of the seventh awards will be showcased at Top Drawer, which runs from Sunday to Tuesday, September 8-10, at Olympia in London, with G.F Smith again supporting this tradition of recognising and celebrating the very best in design, creativity and innovation across greetings and stationery.
Exhibitors at the show are invited to enter their latest ranges into any of the award’s four categories – Exciting Use Of Colour, Emotive Design, Engaging Print and Best Stationery Design.
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 standalone 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.”
Evan Lewis and his Vent For Change brand were one of the winners at January’s show and he said: “The PaperAwards have 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; founder Holly Tucker; Sidonie Warren, Papersmiths; Emily Dunstan, Heals; Emma Hawkins, Fortnum & Mason; Eleanor Gregory, Selfridges; Molly Park, Oliver Bonas; David Hicks, Really Good and Soul UK; and Mark Janson-Smith, Postmark.
Entries for the PaperAwards close on Friday, July 19. More information on how to submit and the full judging list can be found at

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