Awards Celebrate Southern Craftsmanship in Home, Crafts, Food, Outdoors, Style, and Drink
The official call for entries for Garden & Gun’s fourteenth annual Made in the South Awards is open through June 20.
The magazine is seeking Southern-made product entries in six categories: Home, Crafts, Food, Outdoors, Style, and Drink. The overall winner receives a $10,000 cash prize and is prominently featured alongside the other category winners and runners-up in the magazine’s December 2023/January 2024 issue, which hits newsstands in November 2023.
Additionally, for the second year, the Made in the South Awards program will feature a Sustainability Award, given to an artist or innovator leading the way with a noteworthy product, responsible production, conservation awareness, and locally driven production. G&G has incorporated this important element into the competition to highlight and advocate for conservation in the South and beyond.
Garden & Gun created the Made in the South Awards in 2010 to celebrate and encourage Southern craftsmanship, and to recognize the best Southern-made products on the market. The recognition has proven to make an impact on the growth of small businesses that have been honored in every category.
Testimony from the 2022 MITSA overall winner: “Winning the Made in the South Awards has significantly increased sales of the Warren cabinet, but more importantly has helped me reach a much larger client base across the South. It has been a fantastic affirmation of creativity and the desire to conceive something that’s unconventional at first but feels right at home when finished.” —Elijah Leed, owner of Elijah Leed Studio (Durhan, NC)
The Made in the South Awards judges are industry experts from across the country selected by G&G’s editorial team. The 2023 judges are:
Stephanie Summerson Hall (Summerville, SC)
Mariana Barran (Houston, TX)
Joe Kwon and Jason Stanhope (Raleigh, NC and Charleston, SC)
Edward Nickens (Raleigh, NC)
Gogo Ferguson (Cumberland Island, GA)
Kapri Robinson (Washington, D.C.)
All Southern artisans or businesses with a product in one of the six categories (Home, Crafts, Food, Outdoors, Style, and Drink) that will be available for sale through January 2024 may apply.
For entry forms, category descriptions, and rules, visit madeinthesouthawards.com. Entries will be accepted until midnight ET on June 20. Winners will be publicly announced in the December 2023/January 2024 issue of Garden & Gun, which will hit newsstands in November 2023.
To follow along with the Made in the South Awards, use #madeinthesouthawards on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or visit gardenandgun.com.