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Winner of card companys design contest causes uproar

on Friday,April 02,2010 22:04

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Contestants in a national greeting card design competition were generally displeased to discover that the winner submitted her entry on a piece of notebook paper.

For the third consecutive year, The Gallery Collection, a Christmas card publisher, hosted its Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest. While this year's winner - whose design featured a snowman beneath a Christmas tree made of wrapped presents - did not violate any rules with her submission, some applicants are calling foul play.

Many of the 7,893 individuals who entered the contest have accused the judges of disregarding the selection criteria by claiming that the awardee's design was not presented in a business-appropriate or quality manner.

In response to these concerns, company officials posted blog entries that were intended to give former and prospective contestants insight into the judging process.

"Above all criteria, our judges - who happen to be professional greeting card designers - look for originality that will translate well when we convert the winning entry into an actual greeting card design," explained H.L. DeVore, the company's CEO.

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