puzzle design must be first manufactured or otherwise made public no earlier than two
years before the competition: June 2016 - June 2018. In this context,
"design" refers to both the puzzle's operation and its physical
puzzle must be a new design, or an inventive new application of a known
Each entry must be
submitted by the
actual designer (or designers) of the puzzle. Up
to three entries are allowed from the same designer.
can participate with any qualifying design, regardless of Puzzle Party
affiliation. The designer need not be a Puzzle Party participant. Additionally, the puzzle does
not need to be part of the Exchange, nor does being in the Exchange
necessarily qualify or disqualify a design. Participation in the Design
Competition does not entitle the designer to an Puzzle Party invitation.
commonly recognized classes of
mechanical puzzles are eligible for the competition. This includes: Put-Together, Take-Apart, Interlocking, Disentanglement, Sequential Movement,
Dexterity, Vessels, Vanish, Folding, and Impossible Objects.
If you are
planning to submit a puzzle design, please send advance email to
as early as possible,
so that we know to expect your entry.
A complete entry,
including the puzzles, must be received no later than
June 15, 2018 (approximately one month
prior to the Puzzle Party). The entry must include the following:
2 complete, working versions of the
puzzle - Prototypes are acceptable, but you must recognize
that some judges may consider finished quality as significant. Puzzles may come from the designer or borrowed from other
description - Use the online Entry
Form to provide the following information for each entry:
address (for all official communication)
postal mailing address (for returning your puzzles)
Date of first public disclosure or
(maximum one page; include images or drawings if needed)
Entry fee - Nonrefundable US$40 per design entered. PayPal is recommended, and should be sent to the IPCA account: firstname.lastname@example.org, adding 3% from inside the US, or adding 4% from outside the US. Please include a note indicating your name and the name of the puzzle(s) entered.
US bank checks are also welcome; please make US$ checks (or money order) payable to the International Puzzle Collectors Association. Please do not send cash.
Guide: instructions for how collectors can purchase your puzzle
after the Puzzle Party. Please include price and quantity produced.
Slocum Puzzle Museum: Please indicate your interest in donating or selling your puzzle entry to the Slocum Puzzle Foundation for the permanent collection at the Lilly Library/Slocum Puzzle Museum.
descriptive information is welcome, including the relevant history,
motivation, construction process, recommendation on how to present puzzle
during judging, etc. However, please note that this information may be
reduced or not included in the official judging guide.
Submit your entry
in four parts:
Complete the Online Entry Form. Any
additional information (such as solution images) should be
submitted via email to
entry fee to the IPCA:
Harold Raizer, IPCA Treasurer
1323 Glyndon Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Use this address for checks and money orders. If using PayPal, please send to email@example.com.
first puzzle to the Design Competition chair:
Nick Baxter/Puzzle Design Competition
801 Newhall Road
Hillsborough, CA 94010
shipped to the US will have the duty waived under the US Customs
Service Harmonized Tariff Schedule, #9503.60.20.00. You should note
this number on your customs form.
Mail the second copy of
the puzzle to the IPP38/Design Competition on-site coordinator:
[ Address to be determined; please inquire ]
will be returned after the competition; all other portions of the submission
will be retained by the committee and will not be
returned. Puzzle Party attendees should expect to pick up their puzzles at the IPP Awards Dinner. Others will be
return shipped by mail. Owners that request special mail services, or oversized
puzzles, must pay the cost of additional/excessive postage or customs duty. The Competition Committee
will not be responsible for puzzles lost or damaged during transit.
Each puzzle description submitted
may be marked with an appropriate
copyright. However, the puzzle itself should not include any identifying
markings, if possible, so that the design can be kept anonymous during judging.
The names of the
designers will not be revealed until the announcement of awards. This is a
preference of the competition organizers and judges, and should also be
observed to the extent possible by the participants. Any undue promotion of competition participation (campaigning, etc.) will be considered a breach of rules and entries subject to disqualificaiton.
understands that the puzzles will be subjected to hands-on use by a large
number of Puzzle Party attendees during the judging process. Reasonable care will be
taken by the organizers to prevent damage, but neither the Competition Committee, the Puzzle Party organizers, nor the Puzzle Party participants will be liable for any damage
or loss due
to such use. In case of minor damage, routine repairs will be attempted.
It is possible that more designs are submitted than can reasonably be judged during IPP by
the jury and by the Puzzle Party participants. If the total number of entries is
greater than 50, then the judging committee may perform a first round of judging prior to the IPP, reducing the number of entries to no less than 50. As a courtesy, entries eliminated in this round will not by publicized, nor will they appear in the competition guides. Please note that based on recent trends, the jury will endeavor to bring the number of published entries close to around 60.
Photos and descriptions of the entries may appear in publications about or promoting the competition, including but not limited to the IPP Souvenir Booklet, CFF, and the Design Competition web site.
Any issues not covered by the existing rules will
be resolved by the committee at its discretion.
rules go into effect on November 1, 2017, and are considered unofficial and
subject to change until that time. Any
substantial rule changes made after November 1, 2017 will be noted