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Join Now, Pay Later is a special entry method to A’ Design Award & Competition in which the nomination fees plus penalties could be paid after results announcement and only if the entry is granted an award status.

JNPL
We have been getting a lot of requests about “could we pay after we join”, "could we pay after we nominate", "could we pay after results announcement", and many others and of course we always responded a straight no, the reason being very simple; this model would result in a significant economic loss and financial burden; our analysts anticipated that “winners” who would use the JNPL would pay 95% of the time and “non-winners” would not pay 80% of the time; which is a serious issue as our model actually requires some “non-winners” in order to be sustainable because each winner is a significant cost and the entry fees alone do not actually cover the cost of services provided to them unless they are backed up by “non-winner” participation fees that make it possible to organize the event. Yet, the advisory board came up with an alternative to “Join Now, Pay Later” situation as “Join now, pay later only if you win, but pay much more than the regular entry fee”. We especially prepared this page, since there are actually some situations where the JNPL model could be relevant and useful, but we actually do not suggest participation this way unless your are a PR Agent who needs to nominate dozens of works or unless you fit our target group as explained in the Rationality section.

Rationality
While this is an unexpected model, it is rational and makes sense for several type of participants; 1. PR Agents, could submit a significant number of different client work and ask for compensation afterwards only from those clients who have a winning entry, without taking the initial entry-fee risks. 2. Marketing departments of SMEs and Brands, who are unsure about their products could find this entry option an opportunity to test the design quality of their products without taking any risks for entry fees. 3. Individual Designers and Businesses who are experiencing financial issues at the moment of entry but expect income to cover entry fees at a later date could find this option a valuable opportunity.

Eligibility
Join Now, Pay Later entry option is only possible if your design got a preliminary score of 6 or up, since as suggested by our methodology, a preliminary score below 6 is expected to be a runner-up, thus there is no use in having your product nominated with the Join Now, Pay Later method if you got a preliminary score less than 6. Therefore, for participation through “Join Now, Pay Later” method, you should first upload your design and wait for a preliminary score, and afterwards if your entry gets a score of 6 or up, you may contact support to request a special nomination ticket. Each PR Agency can submit up to 40 Entries this way each year. Each company can submit up to 4 Entries this way each year. Each individual could submit up to 1 entry this way each year.

Good to Know
If you win, you will be asked to pay the nomination fee plus the cost of services and goods provided to winners. If you win and decide not to pay, that is also okay, we will discard the entry, but we will not delete it from our system since our methodology requires that votes of each entry should stay in order to have standard score for submissions to be calculated. If you do not win an award status, you will not be asked to pay anything. "Express Evaluation" service is possible for entries that join this way but must be paid in advance; i.e. not later since it is also a significant cost.

How to Join This Way?
To join this way, register and nominate your design as usual, and afterwards wait for a preliminary score, if your score is higher or equal to six (6), contact support to request a JNPL Entry Ticket for Professional Edition (Standard), Digital Edition or Platinum Edition.

How Much Will You Pay?
You will pay much more than the regular nomination fees depending on the type of entry method (Professional, Digital or Platinum) you choose to join the A’ Design Award & Competition. Please refer to the table below to understand how much you will be asked to pay if you use the JNPL system. The Penalty is calculated based on Cost per Winner, plus other considerations such as award status plus administrative fees etc. The fees are indeed highly reasonable when compared to other design awards which asks almost the same fees given below plus nomination fees. The fees will be requested to be paid before your results would become online. However, there are no obligations; i.e. if you join using the JNPL method and if you could not afford to pay the involved costs, that is very okay and we will not ask you to pay anything but of course we will not be able to provide winners' services as well. Please also note that, we reserve right to provide winner services even though the JNPL cost payment is not made.

Table 1. Cost for Awarded JNPL Entries / Professional Edition
Package Name Nomination1 Base2 Penalty3 Total Cost4 Purchase Link
Non-Profit
Design Professional
0 € 425 € 3.825 € 4.250 € Buy Now.
Academic
Universities
0 € 350 € 3.150 € 3.500 € Buy Now.
Government
Government Bodies
0 € 425 € 3.825 € 4.250 € Buy Now.
Design Association
Non-Profit or Government
0 € 350 € 3.150 € 3.500 € Buy Now.
Professional
Design Professional
0 € 425 € 3.825 € 4.250 € Buy Now.
Young
Young Designer
0 € 350 € 3.150 € 3.500 € Buy Now.
Start-Up
Established in the last 3 years.
0 € 425 € 3.825 € 4.250 € Buy Now.
Media
Publication Companies
0 € 575 € 5.175 € 5.750 € Buy Now.
Agency
Creative Companies
0 € 575 € 5.175 € 5.750 € Buy Now.
Enterprise
Product Manufacturer or Service Provider
0 € 1.350 € 12.150 € 13.500 € Buy Now.


Table 2. Cost for Awarded JNPL Entries / Digital Edition
Package Name Nomination1 Base2 Penalty3 Total Cost4 Purchase Link
Non-Profit
Design Professional
0 € 150 € 1.350 € 1.500 € Buy Now.
Academic
Universities
0 € 115 € 1.035 € 1.150 € Buy Now.
Government
Government Bodies
0 € 150 € 1.350 € 1.500 € Buy Now.
Design Association
Non-Profit or Government
0 € 225 € 2.025 € 2.250 € Buy Now.
Professional
Design Professional
0 € 150 € 1.350 € 1.500 € Buy Now.
Young
Young Designer
0 € 115 € 1.035 € 1.150 € Buy Now.
Start-Up
Established in the last 3 years.
0 € 150 € 1.350 € 1.500 € Buy Now.
Media
Publication Companies
0 € 230 € 2.070 € 2.300 € Buy Now.
Agency
Creative Companies
0 € 230 € 2.070 € 2.300 € Buy Now.
Enterprise
Product Manufacturer or Service Provider
0 € 575 € 5.175 € 5.750 € Buy Now.

 

Table 3. Cost for Awarded JNPL Entries / Platinum Edition
Package Name Nomination1 Base2 Penalty3 Total Cost4 Purchase Link
Non-Profit
Design Professional
0 € 425 € 3.825 € 4.250 € Buy Now.
Academic
Universities
0 € 350 € 3.150 € 3.500 € Buy Now.
Government
Government Bodies
0 € 425 € 3.825 € 4.250 € Buy Now.
Design Association
Non-Profit or Government
0 € 350 € 3.150 € 3.500 € Buy Now.
Professional
Design Professional
0 € 250 € 3.825 € 4.250 € Buy Now.
Young
Young Designer
0 € 175 € 1.575 € 1.750 € Buy Now.
Start-Up
Established in the last 3 years.
0 € 250 € 2.225 € 2.500 € Buy Now.
Media
Publication Companies
0 € 575 € 5.175 € 5.750 € Buy Now.
Agency
Creative Companies
0 € 575 € 5.175 € 5.750 € Buy Now.
Enterprise
Product Manufacturer or Service Provider
0 € 1.350 € 12.150 € 13.500 € Buy Now.


Upgrading or Migration to Regular Nomination
If you later figure out that you would rather invest in the nomination fee, that is also okay and possible with a very small administrative fee. However, please note that upgrading to Regular Nomination is possible only before results are announced and the upgrade service is subject to the Regulation fee depending on the entry period, please see the table below in case you would wish to shift from JNPL to Regular Nomination. By upgrading, you will not have to pay the costs involved in Table 1.

Table 2. Update or Migration fron JNPL to Regular Entry
Package Name # Submissions Cost per Submission Purchase Link
Non-Profit
Design Professional
1 425 € to 575 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Academic
Universities
1 350 € to 500 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Government
Government Bodies
1 425 € to 575 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Design Association
Non-Profit or Government
1 350 € to 500 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Professional
Design Professional
1 425 € to 575 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Young
Young Designer
1 350 € to 450 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Start-Up
Established in the last 3 years.
1 425 € to 575 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Media
Publication Companies
1 575 € to 875 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Agency
Creative Companies
1 575 € to 875 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.
Enterprise
Product Manufacturer or Service Provider
1 1.350 € to 2.000 €
depending on entry period
Buy Now.

 

Further Implications
We are actually against this kind of entry, but as highlighted by PR Agents, there is a need for them. As you would know, in regular entry (standard nomination procedure), there are no further fees from winners; i.e. you would nominate a design paying the entry fees and when results are announced, you would not be required to pay extra fees, plus you also get to enjoy free preliminary checks, however in this method, there are no initial nomination fees, therefore winners will have to pay costs to claim their awards if they decide to use the JNPL method instead of regular nomination. Given this, we actually suggest designers not to join using this method; instead get a preliminary score for free, and decide based on this score, our preliminary scores are usually relevant and correct, but of course if you wish to reduce your initial costs to zero (in return for higher costs in future), this method is the only option.

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