How to Enter

Entering the 2019 Circle of Excellence Awards is easier than ever with our streamlined online process. Just follow these easy instructions.

We highly recommend 1) typing your entry answers in a Microsoft Word document and then copying and pasting them in the online system, and 2) frequently clicking the "Save Draft" button while you are completing your online entry.

1. Select Category

Click the categories by awards areas page. Review the list of categories and choose one you wish to enter. You can enter as many categories as you like after you begin the entry process. You will find the link to the online entry process on each category page.

2. Login

Before you can begin your entry, you will be prompted to log in to the system. Please use your CASE login. If you do not have a CASE login or do not remember your login, visit the account page.

3. Entry Details

The Circle of Excellence Awards recognize programs and publications at CASE member institutions. The "Entry Details" page (Step 1) will display the institution connected to your membership—the institution that will be recognized if your entry wins an award. If the institution listed is incorrect, click on the "go to my account" link under the institution to change the institution tied to your account. You can also provide an alternate point of contact for your entry on this page.

After you confirm your institution, you can begin completing the online entry form. Throughout the entry process, you have the ability to save your entry as a draft and return later. When you log in, you will find the draft saved under "My Award Nominations." You can also start another entry after you have saved an entry as a draft.

4. Questions/Attachments

Each category/subcategory has a different set of entry questions, which you answer on the "Entry Information" page (Step 2). In addition, you will either be required to provide attachments or will have the option of attaching supplemental documents with your entry on the "Attachments" page (Step 3). Please note that attachments can be no larger than 50 MB. Please be sure to save your work frequently.

5. Mailed Materials

If a category requires entrants to send mailed materials, you will see instructions and a mailing address at the top of the "Entry Preview" page (Step 4). Print your online entry form by clicking on the "Printer Friendly View" link in the top right corner of the page and mail the form along with hard copies of any supporting materials asked for in the category description to the person listed in the mailing instructions (unless the category specifically instructs for online entry only). Please do not mail a copy of your entry to CASE unless the instructions specifically ask you to do so. You should also print out a copy of your completed online entry for your records.

Caution: Be sure to give your entries ample time to arrive at the judging locations. Packages sent by overnight couriers from international locations outside of the United States can take up to a week to arrive. The entry must be postmarked by Friday, March 1st.

Please carefully check the instructions for each category. Entries for certain categories are completely online. There is no need to mail your entry to the judging location for online only entries.

6. Submit Final/Payment

When you are ready to submit your entry, click the "Submit Final" button at the bottom of the Entry Preview page. Note that you will no longer be able to edit your entry once you click Submit Final.

Once you click Submit Final, you will be presented with three options: Pay Now, Pay All, Pay Later. If you wish to pay for the entry you just completed only, click "Pay Now". If you wish to pay for the entry you have just completed as well as any other entries you have completed, click "Pay All" to pay for all of your entries at one time. If you wish to complete other entries before you pay, click "Pay Later." This will save your completed entry, though you will need to return and pay the entry fee at a later time in order for your entry to be considered for an award.

CASE accepts credit cards for payment of entry fees. The fee is $110 per entry. At the completion of the payment process, you will receive a receipt via email.

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