To encourage innovation in the chimney and venting industry, The Chimney Sweep News is sponsoring the eighth annual Pete Luter Innovation Awards (formerly known as "Inventice Awards"). Recipients  will be announced  at the National Chimney Sweep Guild convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Entries are invited for the best newly available products for professional chimney service  specialists to use in their businesses or to sell to customers.

Requirements for entry are:

The product must be available in the marketplace, not a proto type or idea.

The product must be new to the marketplace, introduced since the 2013  National Chimney Sweep Guild trade show in Branson, Mo.

The product  must be on display at the 2014 National Chimney Swecep Guild trade show, March 20-21, 2014 in Columbus,OH.

Entries must be submitted by March 7. Entry fee of $200.

Entries will be judged by an independent  panel of experienced chimney professionals based on their utility and degree of innovation. Awards will be presented following the first session of the trade show.

"In  the  past seven years, The  Pete Luter Innovation Awards program has showcased some innovative products that  quickly became dominant  in  their categories,' said Jim Gillam.Chimney Sweep  News’ editor.

ChimneySaver's Paint 'n' Peel Fireplace Cleaner and Your Fireplace Store from Fireside Distributors  captured top honors last year. "TheAwards ceremony has become a highlight of the annual NCSG trade show,” added Gillam. "We encourage all inventive manufacturers and suppliers to enter!"

For more information please contact Jim Gillam at the Chimney Sweep News, by phone  541-882-5196,or e-mail  ChimneySweepNews@