OSA! Award – Open Call 2017



osa-outsiderscentsaward2017-en .pdf
Form A– Participation Form .doc
Form B– Composition Form .doc


OSA! – Outsider Scents Award is a competition that rewards the best unreleased handcrafted fragrances. The award intends to encourage the experimental use of the language of perfume, acknowledging the role of handcrafting, self-production, and the work of those who feel they are outsiders to the composition of perfume, in stimulating an ever more popular olfactory expertise, innovation and future creative excellence.

The acronym for the Outsider Scents Award is “OSA”, which means “dare” in Italian. It is a call to overcome industry fences in the production of perfume, making room for the outsiders, often with skills that are synergic with the values and ideas in the market. It is a stimulus to dare to create perfume compositions regardless of the intrinsic limits related to the use of perfume as an expressive language, acknowledging the known problem of access to training and the tools of the craft. It is an invitation to dare to create a fertile context for comparison and exchange as much for aspiring perfumers as for operators.

OSA! – Outsider Scents Award offers a topic that must inspire the submissions. Proposals sent in will be judged independently by jury from outside of the promoter’s organization, made up of industry experts whose names will be announced at the time of the assignment of the award.

The prize ceremony will be held during the eighth edition of Smell – Festival dell’Olfatto.


Who can participate?

Aspiring fragrance artists, self-production enthusiasts, perfume artists and anyone else who feels inspired by the topic in this announcement to compose an olfactory interpretation, so long as they do not participate in the name of a commercial brand.

Requirements for Perfumes

Perfumes (eau de parfum) presented at the competition must be original products from the invention of each candidate. They must also be completely unknown, and therefore cannot be present on the market as a product (at least until the end of the competition). The violation of these requirements will lead to immediate disqualification. The perfumes must also be pertinent to the topic proposed and must be presented in alcoholic dilution with an “eau de parfum” concentration.

Topic Proposed

Participants in the Outsider Scents Award 2017 are invited to submit their creative interpretation, through the language of perfume, on the topic of the Eighth Edition of Smell – Festival dell’Olfatto, which is “Roots”.
Creations that are capable of conceptualizing the topic with a clear bond between the olfactory composition and the author’s thought process will be appreciated the most.

The Selection

Outsider Scents Award is based on a jury of professionals that reflect the multiple aspects and interests of perfume and the creative experience. The jury is nominated by Smell Festival and consists of figures that are not part of the organization. In order to guarantee the complete impartiality and honesty of the jury, the names of the participants will be kept secret until the time of the award.
The judging parameters are announced and made known to the participants in this competition.
The names of the finalists and the winner will be announced publicly with complete respect for transparency. Finalists will be contacted by phone and/or mail at the beginning of May.

Award Ceremony

The winner will be announced during a public ceremony on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at the Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica di Bologna. The timing and details for the event will be provided on the website: www.smellfestival.it .

The results of the competition will be published in the section of the website www.smellfestival.it dedicated to the Outsider Scents Award as well as in the La Gardenia nell’Occhiello blog.

How to participate

To participate, send your olfactory composition (max 1 per participant) as described below. Note: parcels must not exceed 145 W x 145 H x 400 L mm.

The package must contain:

1. The participation form (> Form A) filled-in and signed.

2. One 30 ml vial of your composition in alcoholic solution (you can also send three 10 ml vials). The fragrance must have the concentration of an “Eau de Parfum” (not eau de cologne, eau de toilette, extrait de parfum or other format). The bottle must be a simple screw top vial. No decoration or customization is allowed.

3. Composition presentation form (> Form B).

The proposal must be must reach the organization by and not after Monday April 10, 2017 at one of those addresses:

casella postale 25
via del Pontiere 3
37122 Verona VR


OSA! Award
c/o Saskia Wilson-Brown
4866 Lincoln Ave
Los Angeles CA 90042

Each proposal will be assigned a code corresponding to the presentation form so that the entire process and judging can be performed fully anonymously.
The samples submitted will not be returned and will remain the property of the promoting organization for documentation purposes. The use of samples for other reasons will be occur only with full respect for intellectual property and only following written permission from the author.

Parameters for Judging

Relevance to the olfactory topic proposed: Up to 10 points
Balance of the composition: Up to 8 points
Care in selection of the raw materials determined from the olfactory analysis: Up to 8 points
Originality of the composition: Up to 8 points
Skill of expressive means: Up to 8 points
Originality of concept: Up to 8 points

Total 50 points maximum.


Form A– Participation Form
Form B– Composition Form