The Shop! Design Awards is the premier retail design awards program, providing more industry exposure than any other program of its kind. Enter in one of 18 or more full store or department categories. Full store or department entries also qualify to enter up to seven individual element categories (including sustainability) for an additional $50 each.

Feel free to review the entry form to see what is entailed. You can also begin an entry today, return to complete it later, and/or add additional entries and updates during your return visits. Nothing is submitted until you select SUBMIT.

Entries submitted must be for projects installed in operating retail environments between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Download the 2021 Entry Kit.


Step 1:  Before you begin, you'll be asked to create a Submittable account to manage your entry.

Step 2: Select your Shop! association membership status, then select any primary and elements categories you wish to enter.

Step 3: Identify your entry by using the name of the project you are entering.

Step 4: After this stage, you can save your entry at any point by clicking "Save Draft" at the bottom of the page. To revisit your entry and make further edits, log into Submittable using the username and password you created at the start of the process. 

Step 5: For essay questions, we strongly suggest writing response text in a word-processing program to guarantee no loss of your creative labor. 

Step 6: Once you're satisfied with your entry, click the "Continue to Payment" button to pay online using your credit card or PayPal account.


Anyone! All Shop! membership dues must be in good standing to receive member pricing. If you have any questions about your membership level or are interested in becoming a Member of Shop! please contact or call 847-686-2239‎.


* UPDATED Deadline: October 30, 2021


For full primary and element category descriptions, please refer to the 2021 Entry Kit.

  • Primary Categories: Best Pivot, Brand Activation, Branded Shop Within a Store, Common Area, Convenience Store, Department Store (New or Remodeled), Department Within a Store, (*) Hardline Specialty Store 7,501-25,000 sf, (*) Hardline Specialty Store up to 3,000 sf, (*) Hardline Specialty Store 3,001-7,500 sf, Outlet store, Pop-Up Store, Restaurant Casual Dining, Restaurant Fine Dining, Restaurant Fast Food, (*) Specialty Food and Consumables Retailer, Store Fixture/Vending Machine/Kiosk, (*) Supermarket/Grocery Store, (*) Service Retailer, (*) Softline Specialty Store 7,501-25,000 sf, (*) Softline Specialty Store up to 3,000 sf, (*) Softline Specialty Store 3,001-7,500 sf, (*) Specialty Store Over 25,000 sf (New or Remodeled), Window Display
  • Element Categories: Flooring, In-Store Communications, In-Store Visual Display, Lighting, Signage/Graphics, Storefront/Exterior, Store Fixture, Sustainability, Use of Technology, Wall Treatment

Note: One Gold Award winner from qualifying categories (*) will be selected as the Store of the Year.


Shop! Members

  • Regular Rate: $375 / Regular Rate for Element Only: $300


  • Regular Rate: $525 / Regular Rate Element Only: $500

Element Add-On: $50 per element

TO CHECK MEMBERSHIP STATUS: Contact or at 847-686-2239 if you are interested in learning more about how we can help grow your business.

Best of luck to you on your project submissions. We can't wait to see your most outstanding work!

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