Editor’s Note: The “Ultimate Crab Challenge” deadline has been extended to August 23.

Phillips Seafood and Giant foods recently announced plans to launch the “Ultimate Crab Challenge,” a recipe contest for crab lovers and cooking enthusiasts.

Community members are invited to submit their favorite, original recipes to compete for a $1,000 prize and a spot on Phillips Harborplace’s menu.

Entries will be accepted online at www.UltimateCrabChallenge.com beginning July 16 through Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m. A panel of Giant and Phillips Seafood chefs will serve as preliminary judges. The top three finalists of the recipe contest will participate in a cook-off on Sept. 11 at the Maryland Seafood Festival taking place at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, Md.

The following rules apply for all participants:

All recipes must be original creations and submitted electronically at www.UltimateCrabChallenge.com by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 15.

Crab meat must be the primary ingredient and recipes must call for at least one pound of crab.

Recipes can be for a hot or cold dish.

Preparation time, including cooking time, must not exceed 30 minutes.

Three finalists will be selected by a panel of Giant and Phillips Seafood chefs; if selected as finalists, participants will be allowed 30 minutes to prepare their original crab creations during a cook-off at the Maryland Seafood Festival on Saturday, Sept. 11.

All U.S. residents of at least 18 years of age and of the legal age in their state are welcome to participate.

For contest rules and additional information, visit www.UltimateCrabChallenge.com.