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The Judges have selected their Semi-Finalists, and the People's Choice voting (bragging rights only) is complete! Grand Prize Winners, Runners-Up, and People's Choice Winners will be announced the week of December 3. Click below to see the Semi-Finalists:


If you’re a product maker in Texas, this is the awards program to celebrate your creativity, your ingenuity, your entrepreneurial spirit. We’re searching the Lone Star State for the most talented makers of consumer products. Whether you pour candles or throw clay, handmake jewelry or distill craft liquors, tool leather or build furniture—whatever you make, we’d love to see it. Impress our distinguished judges enough, and you'll:


  • Walk away with the $10,000 Grand Prize

  • Be featured on the first episode of the new video series hosted by Vincent Friedewald and Chet Garner

The Texas Works Awards Grand Prize Winner will be both the overall winner and the winner of one of eight product categories (click to scroll through Gallery):   


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The Judges have selected their Semi-Finalists, and the People's Choice voting (bragging rights only) is underway! People's Choice voting ends November 16; Grand Prize Winners and Runners-Up announced the week of November 26.

Announcing: The 2018 First Annual Texas Works Awards

Announcing: The 2018 First Annual Texas Works Awards

How do I enter?

The Entry Period is now closed.

How much does it cost to enter?


The entry fee is $45.

What kind of products are eligible?


    This is an awards contest for consumer products. An easy definition of consumer products is products you might give or receive as a gift (excluding art or sculptures—see more below). So, a leather wallet would be fair game; brake pads for your car probably would not. Here are just a few examples of products that would be welcomed in each category: 


  •     Fashion & Style: boots; jewelry; perfume; handbags and satchels

  •     Workshop: furniture; fire pits; porch swings; cutting boards; pocket knives; guitars; hand turned pens

  •     Food: Nut butters; oils; chocolates; popcorn; pickles; cheese; jerky

  •     Drinks: craft beer; coffee; whiskey; fruit juices; cocktail mixers; spring water

  •     At Home: candles; throws and quilts; porcelain vessels; kitchen wares

  •     Adventure & Outdoors: kayaks; bbq pits; lawn games; dog collars; fishing lures    

  •     Pets & Animals: Collars, feed and treats, chicken coops, tack and saddles, dog sweaters

  •     Apothecary: Soap, lotion, hair care, skin care

How many products can I enter?


Each product maker/brand is limited to one entry, and each entry is limited to one product or product collection. An example of a product collection would be different flavor variants of the same product, for example, peanut butter: creamy, chunky, honey roasted, chocolate, etc. If you submit several products as part of a collection, we reserve the right to isolate for recognition just one of the products within the collection. 


I’m an artist / photographer / sculptor. Are my artworks/photos/sculptures eligible?


Unfortunately, no—please do not submit artwork, photos, or sculptures for consideration. We’re considering a Texas Works Awards - Photography Edition for the future, so keep an eye out for that. If you have a question as to whether your product would be deemed “artwork”, please email us at howdy@texas.works.


I'm based in Texas but I have my product made outside of Texas. Can I still enter?


Yes. The Texas Works Awards is intended to celebrate Texas-based product makers and brands, as opposed to strictly made-in-Texas products. We reserve the right to score greater weight to products in the following order of priority: products that are made in Texas (highest priority); products made in the USA; products made abroad for purposes of craftsmanship and authenticity; and products made abroad for purposes of economy and scale (lowest priority).


I can’t decide which category my product fits into. What should I do?


Pick the category you feel most comfortable in. We reserve the right to re-categorize your product post-submission, but we’ll only do that if we feel it’s in the best interest of the contest to do so. 


Are vendors of No. 4 St. James eligible? 


Products co-branded with or made on behalf of No. 4 St. for marketing under the No. 4 St. James label are not eligible. However, if you make a product marketed under your own brand name and sold by No. 4 St. James under a 3rd party wholesale relationship, you are still eligible to participate. The judging rounds include safeguards against conflicts of interest by any employees, officers, agents and family of No. 4 St. James and the other Awards hosts and sponsors.  


Can I enter a new product that is not yet on the market?


Yes, as long as a) you have a physical sample available (with final product packaging, etc) for us to review if requested, and b) the product is commercially available (for sale on your website or other stores) as of November 1, 2018. 


What is the prize for individual category winners and the People’s Choice winners?


Bragging rights only. There is only one Grand Prize winner, and that winner takes home a $10,000 prize. The Grand Prize winner is also the winner of its product category. 


Key Dates

While subject to change, here are the dates for the main milestones in the 2018 Texas Works Awards process:


Call for Entry Submission is OPEN​: 12:00 am


Extended Deadline! Entry Submission: 11:59 pm


Semi-Finalists Announced to public; People's Choice Round OPEN


Week of 12/03: Grand Prize, Runners Up, and People's Choice Winners Announced 

Official Rules

To read the Official Rules of the 2018 Texas Works Awards, click the PDF icon below (opens in a new window):