The Provisions in this form were first published in International Meccanoman
No.67, December 2012, page 11 and 12
For clarity and brevity, the prize will be referred to in the following paragraphs as the Founder's Prize. In all cases, the masculine terms 'he', 'Chairman', and so on include the feminine.)
1. The Founderís Prize shall be awarded in recognition of excellence in the use of the Meccano construction system (expressed in terms of a mechanism or a scale construction or construct of the imagination) so as to give delight and inspiration. That excellence is to be judged by reference to a single Meccano construction, or to a documented body of work on a theme that is represented by a single Meccano construction which, apart from the inclusion of ďStandard Constructions,Ē is the entrantís own design and work.
†2.The Founderís Prize is open to all, whether members of ISM or not.
†3. The Founderís Prize shall be in the form of a decorative plate inscribed with the name of the winner and the year of the Prize, and shall be presented to the prizewinner to be kept by him.
†4.Entries for the Founderís Prize shall be considered annually. No more than one Founderís Prize shall be made each year. If no entry is put forward that, in the opinion of the jury, deserves the Prize, no Prize shall be awarded in that year.
†5. The closing date for entries for the Founderís Prize is 31 December of each year.
†6. An entry that does not win the Founderís Prize in one year may be entered in future years.
†7. The nature of the entry shall be a description of a construction (or a set of constructions linked by a theme), together with a statement of where (if at all) the construction has been exhibited, either privately or publicly. The entry may also include modelplans and photographs of constructions and prototypes. The entry may be submitted by mail or by email.
†8. Each year, the Chairman of ISM shall invite a member of ISM to be Chairman of the Founderís Prize jury. The Jury Chairman shall then invite four other ISM members to join the jury. The identity of the jury members shall remain confidential until the Prize Winner is announced, when their names shall also be made known.
†9. The use of parts other than parts within the Meccano construction system shall not disqualify an entry, provided that the proportion of non-Meccano parts or their importance in the construction is not so great as to make the entry ineligible, in the judgement of the Founderís Prize jury.
†10. If a construction has not been exhibited previously (see Provision 7), the jury reserves the right to invite a Meccanoman to inspect and report on it to the jury, so as to assure the jury that the actual construction meets the claims made for it in the entry-documentation.
11. By entering for the Founderís Prize, entrants agree that International Meccanoman and the ISM WebSite may publish details of their entries and background documentation.
12. The decision of the jury shall be final and not subject to appeal.