Prism, the international competition for excellence in natural stone, has increased its Grand Prize Award to $10,000 in cash, a four-fold increase over the $2,500 it offered in 2000.

First Place winners will now receive $2,500 in cash, while the Award of Merit recipient will take home $1,500 in cash. The competition is divided into residential and commercial categories.

The Prism competition, now in its second year, is considered throughout the stone industry as prestigious recognition for creative and inspiring uses of natural stone in modern design and architecture. Winners of the 2001 design competition will be announced at Coverings 2001, in New Orleans, May 21-23, 2001. The deadline for entering the competition is Feb. 15, 2001.

To request an entry form with complete guidelines and regulations, telephone Coverings at (877) 566-0600 (within the United States) or (561) 776-0600; fax (561) 776-7466; log onto and click on the Spectrum/Prism icon; e-mail or write to: Prism, c/o Coverings, 11940 U.S. Highway One, Suite 200, North Palm Beach, Fla. 33408.