Official Entry Rules

Sunset  – March 11, 2020 | Updated March 13, 2020

Submissions: Entries opens March 16, 2020, at The deadline for entries and registration payment is 11:59 p.m. PDT, May 1, 2020. Late entries will not be accepted.

Entrants must fill out the official entry form online. An official entry shall consist of location and contact information, answering a short questionnaire describing the location’s excellence in its category, and a maximum of 5 photos and/or supporting documents representing the entry. Failure to complete the form properly may result in disqualification. Sunset reserves the right to disqualify entries that do not comply with rules, enter ineligible categories, or fail to make full payment. Do not mail entries or payments.

Eligibility: Entries must represent businesses, cities/towns, attractions, or services that take place in the 14 Western United States (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming), Canada, or Mexico. Entries outside these geographic regions will not be eligible.

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Payments: The cost is $225 per entry from March 16, 2020 through March 22, 2020; $250 per entry from March 23, 2020 through April 23, 2020; and $300 per entry from April 24, 2020 through May 1, 2020. Registration payments can be made by credit card only. If payment is not received by May 1, 2020, entries will be disqualified. Registration fees will not be refunded for disqualified entries or voluntary withdrawal from the competition. Do not mail payments.

Judging: The judging will be conducted by Sunset’s editorial staff, based on the following criteria: relevance to Sunset audience; newsworthiness; uniqueness; aesthetic appeal; convenience and feasibility. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification. Decisions of judges are final and binding. The winners will be announced in the September/October 2020 issue of Sunset.

Disclosures: In addition, by entering, Entrant grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to edit, publish, promote, or republish at any time in the future and otherwise use Entrant’s submitted contest entry, including but not limited to photos and/or essays, along with Entrant’s name, likeness, biographical information, and any other information provided by Entrant, in any and all media for possible editorial, promotional or advertising purposes, without further permission, notice or compensation. Any or all of the contest entries may be used by Sunset and/or its partners for advertising purposes with compensations.

The Sunset Travel Awards logo remains the property of Sunset Publishing Company; any unauthorized use, reproduction or alteration of the Sunset Travel Awards logo and trophies or plaques are strictly prohibited.

By entering into the Sunset Travel Awards competition you agree to all of the conditions of entry. Sunset reserves the right to make changes or updates to the awards program at any time without notice.

In the event that the judging is not held, a portion of the fees will be refunded, after accounting for expenses already incurred by Sunset.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Sunset Travel Awards shall not be liable for failure to perform caused by fire, flood, wind, rain, storm, electrical failure, strike, labor dispute, riot, or other causes beyond its control.

Submit your entries here.

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