Steal this Idea

Do you excel at design and promotion? Staff and students are invited to enter ACUI's Association-wide marketing competition.

Check out the past winners to see if you have what it takes: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007.Album Cover 2014

2015 Entries Now Being Accepted

Please use the online form to submit entry information and graphics by Nov. 17.

  • Entries must be submitted in .pdf format, no larger than 2 MB (high-resolution versions may be requested of the winners).
  • The participant divisions are professional (college or university) staff and student staff.
  • You may submit an unlimited number of entries.
  • Entries must have been produced between Jan. 1 and Nov. 17, 2014.
  • An entry fee of $50 for the first entry and $40 for each additional entry will be assessed prior to the Nov. 17 deadline. All late entries require the deferred entry fee of $70 for the first entry and $60 for each additional. No entries will be accepted after Dec. 1, 2014.

What happens if you win?

Winning entries (first through third place) for each category will be printed in ACUI's magazine, The Bulletin, and displayed at the 2015 annual conference in San Antonio. Additionally, the Best in Show winner will be recognized at The Honors ceremony during the 2015 annual conference.

Categories and Judging

 Below is a list of categories for the Steal this Idea competition. 

  • Brochures 
  • Posters
  • Promotional campaigns
  • Logo/brand identity
  • Print advertisements
  • T-shirts
  • Multi-page publications (magazines, annual reports, etc.)
  • Cards/invitations
  • Signs/banners
  • Calendars/schedules
  • Video and animation (please submit an online form with a PDF screenshot of the video/animation and email with the link to the full entry)
  • Digital campaign (website, social media, etc.)
  • Marketing campaign


ACUI will select judges from across the United States to determine the first through third place winners in each category as well as the Best in Show. Criteria includes concept, design, editorial content, and effectiveness.

Winning entrants grant the Association of College Unions International the right to reproduce their work in The Bulletin and on the ACUI website,, for promotional purposes only. ACUI assumes all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. ACUI is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrants.


Updated Nov. 5, 2014