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Submission tips

The deadline for New York’s Next Top Makers is fast approaching—submissions must be entered by February 20 at 5 p.m. EST!  

Below are some handy tips to help you wrap up your submission.

Start your draft

Beginning your draft early is the best way to avoid getting caught by surprise later on. Visit the Enter a Submission page today and make sure you’re aware of all the submission requirements.

Once you start a draft, you can edit it at any time before the submission deadline. Fill out the easy fields now (like your title, submitter type and product category), and you’ll have fewer items to worry about later on.

Submit early

When you’re ready to enter your submission, just visit the draft that you saved and click “Submit for Review” at the bottom of the form.

We review submissions on a rolling basis, so depending on how early you submit, we can tell you if anything in your submission is amiss, and you can change it before the challenge deadline.

Submission checklist

Make sure you can answer “yes” to each of these questions before hitting that submit button.

  • Is your video no longer than five minutes? Does it describe your product’s design, functionality and use? For some helpful tips on what to include, refer to last week’s guide on how to make a great submission video.
  • Did you explain your product's functionality in your text description? Did you do so in layman's terms? 
  • Have you included at least one image that depicts your product, product design or prototype?
  • Did you confirm that your product fits into one of the official categories, and is not included on the list of prohibited items?
  • In your PDF upload, do you specifically answer each of the required submission questions? Did you do so in five pages or fewer? 
  • Did you choose your submitter type (individual, team or organization)?
  • Did you read through the eligibility summary and the official rules one last time?


We’re here to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the challenge, please email us at and include “Next Top Makers” in the subject line.

Happy making! You're almost finished!