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Calling all makers! Apply for the 2016 Etsy Awards

Apr 4, 2016

by Sarah Hewett handmade and vintage goods

Calling all artists, designers, makers, doers, and dreamers! We’re searching for the best Etsy sellers and products from across the UK and Ireland for Etsy Awards 2016.

Got a secret knack or skill up your sleeve for creating something unique? Or maybe you’re a designer-maker who already sells what you make? Or perhaps it’s somewhere in between… Well, it’s time to enter the Etsy Awards for a chance to win an incredible line-up of prizes!

Whats up for grabs we hear you ask? Starting with a whopping £10,000 small business grant, there’s also a chance to showcase your work at Tent London during the prestigious London Design Festival, exciting retail opportunities with John Lewis, expert business training from The Design Trust and much more!

The Etsy Awards

We’re really excited to launch the very first Etsy Awards in the UK & Ireland! Celebrating and supporting creativity, we’ll recognise talent across the following award categories:

  • Home & living.
  • Kids & baby.
  • Fashion & accessories.
  • Etsy New Talent, in partnership with The Design Trust.
  • Retail Star, in partnership with John Lewis.
  • People’s Choice, selected by public vote.
  • Regional awards, the best maker in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

Hand picking the finalists, we have an exclusive expert industry panel including Anna Rigby, Head of Home Buying at John Lewis; Pip McCormac, Lifestyle Director at Red Magazine; Patricia Van den Akker, Director of The Design Trust; and Erica Davies, Blogger The Edited. 

The Prize

Tailored to support small businesses, we’ve got a corker of a prize line-up on offer including…

  • 1 x £10,000 small business grant
  •  5 x £2,500 small business grants.
  • 1 x chance to stock their products in John Lewis.
  • 1 x One year free membership to The Design Trust Business Club.
  • Exhibit with Etsy at TENT London during the London Design Festival.
  • Tailored programme of business training from The Design Trust.

With 21 winners in total, there will be gold, silver and bronze prize offerings for the majority of award categories.

How to apply?

If you share a love for making and creating, based in the UK or Ireland and over the age of eighteen – hop on over to and complete the short online submission form, easy as pie! (Full eligibility criteria outlined below).

When’s the deadline?

Hurry! Applications close at midnight on 28th April 2016.

Do I need an Etsy shop in order to apply?

You do indeed! But don’t worry if you don’t have one yet… new sellers are always welcome and to kick-start your Etsy journey, we’ve rustled up a 20 free listings code to get you started – simply enter the code: ETSYAWARDSUKIRELAND here and head over to read our top tips on how to get started on Etsy.

How will the selection work?

The 60 finalists will be selected by an expert panel of judges including representatives from John Lewis, Red Magazine, The Design Trust and The Edited. The selection of the Regional Awards will be supported by creative organisations from around the UK and Ireland. Last but not least, the People’s Choice Award will be selected by public vote.


We’re excited to be working with some amazing creative organisations from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 


Our lead partners include: London Design Festival, Tent London, Crafts Council, The Design Trust, Contemporary Applied Arts, Craft Central, Crafty Fox Market, Craft Scotland, Creative Scotland, Emergents, Xpo North, Arts Council of Wales, Helfa Gelf, Craft NI, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Offset and Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. 


The Small Print

Full eligibility criteria for each category can be found at but key things to consider include:

  • Your shop must have an About Page and all items must comply with Etsy Guidelines and Etsy Seller Guidelines.
  • You can only enter your Etsy shop once – this means submitting one item under one product category (Home & Interiors, Fashion & Accessories OR Kids & Baby). As well as this submitted item, we will be judging your Etsy shop as a whole, so make sure it’s looking good with plenty of listings and your About page is up to date.
  •  If you create ‘one off’ items, please ensure that you have similar items listed in your Etsy shop for the duration of the competition. You’ll need to recreate the item (or similar) if you are a finalist. 
  • Your entry must be submitted via the online entry form by midnight on Thursday 28th April 2016. You must have items listed in your shop from date of entry until 31 October 2016. Your shop must be active from when you submit your entry and until the end of the Etsy Awards campaign on 31 October 2016.
  • If you outsource any part of your production process, successful finalists must have filled out an application and had their outside manufacturer approved by our team of Maker Specialists. You can read more about this here.
  • You must be able to deliver 1-3 selected products for the Etsy Awards Winners’ showcase at Tent London during the London Design Festival by 1 September 2016. Etsy will select products, curate and manage the exhibit. It is not compulsory for sellers to attend in person. Sellers must have stock of the selected products listed in their Etsy shop.
  • All applicants will be automatically considered for the Regional awards (best maker in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern ireland, Republic of Ireland).

For Welsh translation: Download this blog post in Welsh here and download the full Terms and Conditions in Welsh here.

Terms and conditions apply: UK & ROI only, 18+. Closes 23.59pm 28.4.16.


  • wicksteadseatme

    EatMe from WicksteadsEatMe said 5 years ago

    Wow this looks amazing :D On your forum to fill in it says "What is the title of the item you are submitting?" Does this mean we can only submit 1 product then? Not our shop as a whole? On your 'Small Print' it states that we must be able to deliver 1-3 selected products for the Etsy Award Winners' showcase at Tent London. Little confused will you only be looking at the 1 product that we fill out in the form? Not our shop as a whole? We have over 400 products with a lot more that we are currently designing. So could you just clarify :) Thank you Tija

    • Sarah Sandiford said 5 years ago

      Thanks for getting in touch and for your interest in the Etsy Awards! We’re excited to see your application. We will indeed be judging based on each seller’s shop as a whole. We have asked you to submit one item to represent your work so that, if you are shortlisted as one of our finalists, we have an image ready for the public vote. Hope that helps!

  • wicksteadseatme

    EatMe from WicksteadsEatMe said 5 years ago

    meant *form not forum :)

  • wicksteadseatme

    EatMe from WicksteadsEatMe said 5 years ago

    Okay that is good then. Thank you Sarah for clarifying that :) Shall have to think which the 1 will be then, might design a brand new one ^.^

  • KnittingforNoah

    Liezel Graham from NoahandNoo said 5 years ago

    Hi Sarah, I have tried to enter twice now via the online form and it won't submit. Any advice?

    • Sarah Sandiford said 5 years ago

      Hey there! Sorry to hear that you were having problems earlier, everything should now be running smoothly for you to apply :)

  • gatticool

    Gatti Matras from GattiShop said 5 years ago

    Just a quick question. I am thinking about getting my hands into a new project that is slightly different from what I am doing now at GattiShop. I will be opening a new store for that reason. Am I therefore allowed to enter the competition twice - with one item from each shop? Many thanks! Gatti

    • Sarah Sandiford said 5 years ago

      Hi there! If you have more than one Etsy shop (selling different items) you can enter the Awards once per shop. Hope this helps!

  • helentemp22

    Helen Temperley from WinkinBitsyClothing said 5 years ago

    Hiya, my 'submit' button won't work either.

    • Sarah Sandiford said 5 years ago

      Hey there, we’re sorry to hear you are having issues! When applying for the Etsy Awards, each box needs to be filled in – for those that don’t require an answer please type n/a. Hope this helps!

  • atelierspatz

    Jo from AtelierSpatz said 5 years ago

    I'll have one of my birds fly in! What a great opportunity. Thanks!

  • topianden

    Emajane Pixie Rainbow from TheTopianDen said 5 years ago

    Sorry if this comment is duplicated... I noticed that my previous one has not come up in this thread. My question was can clothing designers of one off items enter this competition?

    • Sarah Sandiford said 5 years ago

      Hi there! Yes, you are more than welcome to enter the Etsy Awards. If you make it through to the competition, we will be directing people back to your Etsy shop, which is why we’re keen for you to have a few additional items featured - or alternately, if there’s an option where people can order a similar custom item. Hope this helps!

  • karolinekuprat

    Karoline Kuprat from ListeningHareSoaps said 5 years ago

    Hello! Also having submission issues - nothing happens really..

    • Sarah Sandiford said 5 years ago

      Hey there, we're sorry to hear you are having issues! When applying for the Etsy Awards, each box needs to be filled in - for those that don't require an answer please type n/a. Hope this helps!

  • TheTerriersClub

    TheTerriersClub from TheTerriersClub said 5 years ago

    I sell mainly cards and prints. Can I only enter the prints because of the categories on offer ie Home and Decor?

    • Sarah Sandiford said 5 years ago

      Hi there, you are more than welcome to submit your pieces to whichever category you prefer, whether this be 'kids and babies' or 'homes and interiors'. Please be aware that you are only able to submit your Etsy shop under one category. Hope this helps!

  • remmydesigns

    Sarah from PaperSparkleDesigns said 5 years ago

    Can you enter if you sell digital files? For example wedding invitations? Also, I see it said 'kids and baby section', there is no section for this when I list an item.

    • Sarah Sandiford said 5 years ago

      Hi there, thanks for your comment! You can enter the awards if you create and sell digital awards. If you click on to the awards application website here, you can submit your item under the kids and babies section if you scroll down :)

  • lesleymynett

    Lesley M from SilverBlessings said 5 years ago

    Hi Have entered (woop woop so excited!!) and but not had any email confirmation that you have received my entry - how do I know you ave it please? Thanks

    • Sarah Sandiford said 5 years ago

      Hi Lesley, it may take a while to come through so keep an eye on your inbox :)

  • DyfalDonc

    morgan and rebecca from DyfalDonc said 5 years ago

    Diolch (Thanks) for the Welsh text :-)

  • LoveButtons

    Julia K Walton from FireHorseVintageHQ said 5 years ago

    Wow! Great awards - good luck to all who enter :o)

  • cherrybutton

    Ievgeniia from moondomeuk said 5 years ago

    Thank you for featuring photo from my shop! That a great opportunity, good luck everyone!

  • helentemp22

    Helen Temperley from WinkinBitsyClothing said 5 years ago

    Hi, I don't think my first submission worked, so I've done another just to make sure. I hope this doesn't cause a problem if they have actually both worked!

  • ukraine20081

    YuliaArt from ArtKaleydoskop2015 said 4 years ago

    Great awards - good luck!!!!!!!!

  • shoppeexquisito

    Rubina Vasim from ShoppeExquisito said 4 years ago

    I wish Etsy Awards start for sellers based in other parts of the world too.

    • Sarah Sandiford said 4 years ago

      Hey there! Be sure to keep an eye out as other Etsy markets will be launching the Etsy Awards also :)

  • BaccaraJewelry

    Lydia R from LydiaRedovnikovic said 4 years ago

    what a great opportunity, just applied! thank you Etsy!

  • carolcapaldi

    Carol Capaldi from carolcapaldicrafts said 4 years ago

    This is great! I've submitted and hope to be in the Scottish section. I wish everyone the best. X

  • tlchaberdashery

    Julie Driscoll from tlcHaberdashery said 4 years ago

    I applied for all three of my shops before the deadline, which showed as submitted, but never received a conformation email. Since I haven't had any views related to the award I guess I wasn't entered. Really disappointed. :0(

  • wicksteadseatme

    EatMe from WicksteadsEatMe said 4 years ago

    Were we supposed to receive confirmation emails that you received our Entries? Neither of our Shops (this one & our AWDesignsUK shop) received a confirmation email. :( Hope they went through, on the page when we entered it said they went through but no confirmation email (checked junk too)

  • lunalocojewellery

    Luna Loco from LunaLocoJewellery said 4 years ago

    Have the finalists been announced? I don't see them anywhere

  • lunalocojewellery

    Luna Loco from LunaLocoJewellery said 4 years ago

    Lol! Found 'em!

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