frequently asked questions
The submission fee is $275 before August 11, 2023, and $325 from August 12 to the deadline.
Student submissions are free.
are there eligibility guidelines?
To be eligible, PRODUCTS should be introduced to market between September 2022 and September 2023.
PROJECTS should be completed between September 2022 and September 2023, with the exception of the On the Boards categories, which are reserved for in-progress projects.
STUDENTS should be graduates or undergraduates enrolled in an accredited design program. Products should have launched or exhibited, either in conjunction with a class or a (virtual) show in 2023.
what information will i need to enter?
To submit a PRODUCT entry, you will be asked for the following information:
-your contact information
-product/collection name and description (500 words maximum, in English)
-product/collection introduction date
-1-3 high resolution product images (minimum 350dpi, JPEG, 8x10" or 10x8") and documentation
-link to product video (optional)
To submit a PROJECT entry, you will be asked for the following information:
-your contact information
-official project name, location, and description (500 words maximum, in English)
-project press release/documentation
-size and cost per sq. ft. (cost will not be published)
-project completion date
-design firm information
-8-10 high resolution project images (minimum of 350dpi, JPEG, 8x10" or 10x8") and documentation
-link to project/walkthrough video (optional)
To submit a STUDENT entry, you will be asked for the following information:
-your contact information
-product/collection name, description, and materials
-product/collection images and documentation
-student designer headshot and photo credit
what categories are available this year?
View the 2023 list of categories here.
how does the 2-step entry process work?
Step 1: Review the rules, provide your contact info, select a category, add your submission to the cart, and pay for your submission. After payment, the second half of the submission will be available in the "Needs Attention" tab of the left-side menu.
Step 2: Complete the submission details for your entry any time before the September 6 deadline. Just log in to access Step 2 of your application.
is there a limit to how many entries i can submit?
No, there is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. Each entry can be submitted to one category at a time. If you would like to submit the same entry to additional categories, you will have the option to duplicate your entry at the end of the form. If you would like to duplicate an entry that has already been submitted, you can go to your completed entries under "My Account" and click "copy".
can i start my entry and then return to it later?
Yes, you may begin your entry, save, and revisit it at any time. To access your in-progress entries, go to the "my account" link on the top right-hand side of the page. You will find a menu on the left with "My Entries".
can i duplicate an entry?
Yes. If you would like to copy over information from one entry to a new entry you may use the checkbox on the last page of the entry form. You may then make changes to the entry copy or enter the same submission to additional categories.
can i edit or change my entry once it has been submitted?
If you need to make a vital change to a submitted entry, please email email@example.com
how will i know if i am a finalist?
You will receive an email if your product or project is chosen as a finalist in November 2023. This email will be sent to the contact email address used on the entry form. A list of finalists will also be posted on InteriorDesign.net and on boyawards.com.
how will I know if i've won?
Winners will be announced in December 2023. Further details on the 2023 Best of Year Awards ceremony will be announced at a later date.
what do i get if i win?
Winners are honored during a ceremony hosted by the editor-in-chief, Cindy Allen.
In addition, winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Interior Design and be celebrated via digital coverage.
Winners and honorees are both featured in an online gallery on InteriorDesign.net, receive creative assets for use on digital and print marketing materials, and will qualify for exclusive advertising opportunities with Interior Design.
are all submissions published?
Due to the sheer number of entries we receive, we cannot publish every submission--this honor is reserved for winners and honorees. Winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Interior Design and both winners and honorees appear on InteriorDesign.net.
how are entries selected?
Product entries will go into a public product gallery and will be voted on by the A+D community from
October 2 - October 13, 2023. Following public voting, the results are reviewed by an Interior Design editorial panel.
Project entries will be judged by an Interior Design editorial panel. Projects do not receive a public voting period.
how can i vote?
Visit the online gallery between (will be linked in the top menu)
October 2 - October 13 and use the list on the right-hand side of the page to navigate through the categories.
can i vote more than once?
Yes, you are encouraged to vote as many times as you wish, but you may only vote once per category per day.
am i allowed to promote my entry on social media to encourage votes?
Yes, we will provide a digital seal for you to use in your marketing efforts. You are encouraged to promote voting through your marketing channels.
Winners will be announced during a ceremony hosted by the editor-in-chief, Cindy Allen.
2023 winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Editor in Chief Cindy Allen on December 7, 2023.
5PM | Product Check-in
5:30-6:30PM | Product Ceremony
6:30PM | Project Check-in
6:30 - 7PM | Intermission + Reception
7-8PM | Project Ceremony
8-9PM | Celebration Reception
The live event will take place at 787 Seventh (787 7th Ave) in NYC and on DesignTV® by SANDOW.