As I mentioned, all Novice entrants will receive a letter from the USFG president. Notice that a new mailing address is given in the letter.
There is no “participation” certificate, unless you make your own 🙂
You will get a certificate and publication in the newsletter if your novice stone scores 85 or higher. Entrants who score lower will not be named.
Remember that one of the prime benefits of entering the competition is direct feedback from a master cutter to help improve your skills.