Submission Guidelines

Entries will be accepted through Dec. 30, 2016 (and through Jan. 6 with late fee).

  • Entries must be submitted in .pdf format, no larger than 2 MB (high-resolution versions may be requested of the winners). A link to video entries should be sent to following submission (note that the submission form will require you to upload a document).
  • The participant divisions are professional (college or university) staff and student staff.
  • ACUI reserves the right to re-categorize as needed.
  • You may submit an unlimited number of entries.
  • You must fill out an entry form for each individual entry.
  • You should only submit an entry into one category.
  • Entries must have been produced between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016.
  • An entry fee of $50 for the first entry and $40 for each additional entry will be assessed prior to the Dec. 30 deadline. All late entries require the deferred entry fee of $70 for the first entry and $60 for each additional. No entries will be accepted after Jan. 6.
  • You will receive an email detailing the entries that were received and providing a copy of your invoice from


Contact Liz Stringer at 812.245.8066 or

What happens if you win?
Winning entries for each category will be printed in ACUI's magazine, The Bulletin, and displayed at the 2017 annual conference in Philadelphia. Additionally, the Best in Show winner will be recognized at The Honors ceremony during the 2017 annual conference.

Categories and Judging

 Below is a list of categories for the Steal this Idea competition. 

  • Brochures 
  • Calendars/schedules
  • Cards/invitations
  • Digital campaign (multi-platform campaign)
  • Logo/brand identity
  • Miscellaneous
  • Multi-page publications (magazines, annual reports, etc.)
  • Posters
  • Promotional campaigns
  • Promotional products
  • Signs/banners
  • T-shirts
  • Video and animation

ACUI will select judges from across the United States to determine the first place through honorable mention in each category as well as the Best in Show. Criteria includes concept, design, editorial content, and effectiveness.

Winning entrants grant the Association of College Unions International the right to reproduce their work in The Bulletin and on the ACUI website,, for promotional purposes only. ACUI assumes all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. ACUI is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrants.


Updated Dec. 15, 2016