TUSCOLA, IL — WoodLINKS USA and IWF 2008 have announced a national competition for schools involving the design and marketing of a ready-to-assemble wooden product or products.

Schools should submit their entries (pictures and marketing-sales strategy) of an RTA project that can be legally checked in without a weight or volume penalty in a commercial aircraft. Ancillary hardware (glass, hinges etc.) can be obtained in Atlanta.

More than one entry project per school is permitted. Solid wood or panel board must constitute greater than 60% by volume of the item submitted. The deadline for submission is June 2 and all show attendees must be 16 years of age or older.

In addition to photos submitted, the project should include a one-page description and features of the product(s), assembly instructions and a one-page description of the marketing and sales plan.

The proposed criteria for judging involves innovation or uniqueness, design, quality, assembly instructions, commercial sales potential and marketing/sales strategy. The judges will select five schools that will compete to be the national winner in Atlanta, GA, at IWF 2008, Aug. 20-23, where final judging will take place and the winners will be announced.

IWF has agreed to provide five booth spaces for the finalist schools to display their projects and to promote their WoodLINKS programs and results. Accommodations will also be provided to the five school programs. Finalists must occupy their booths from the start of the show Wednesday, Aug. 20, until the end of the show at 6:00 pm Saturday, Aug. 23.

For more information, contact WoodLinks USA or IWF.

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