2021 Submission Requirements

How to Submit Your Entries

When preparing your entries, please follow these instructions carefully, and please refer to the specific category for which you’re submitting.

For the 2020-2021 season, NO HARD COPIES are required. This is in response to the challenges surrounding Covid-19. All entry materials can be uploaded to our online portal. 

If, however, you’re concerned that the physical presentation of your magazine (E.g., magazines of a special size, shape) could impact the judging, please contact us at staff@magazine-awards.com, and we will arrange receipt of hard copies.

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Writing Awards (Categories 1-8)

Please upload:

  • PDF version* of each entry in its entirety.

*PDF documents must be printable on 8.5×11” format (single-page). Do NOT submit double-page spreads for any writing awards. Please ensure that all text is no closer than 0.5” from the page’s edge.

Best Photograph and Best Illustration (Categories 9-10)

Please upload:

  • PDF version of each entry in its entirety (double page spreads accepted).
Best Editorial (Category 11)

Please upload:

  • PDF version of the editorial or the series.
Best Art Direction: Single Article or Opening Spread (Category 12)

Please upload:

  • PDF version of each entry in its entirety (double page spreads accepted)
Best Cover (Category 13)

Please upload:

  • PDF version of the cover to be judged.
Best Art Direction of a Complete Issue (Category 14)

Please upload:

  • PDF version of the cover of the issue; and
  • PDF version of the issue to be judged.

Best Issue (Category 15)

Please upload: 

  • PDF version of the cover of the issue;
  • PDF version of the issue to be judged; and
  • PDF of a cover letter (max 400 words) providing context for the issue.
Best Publisher (Category 16)

Please upload:

  • PDF version of the cover of any issue published in 2020;
  • PDF of the publication’s editorial mandate and the target audience;
  • PDF of a list with embedded links of all the digital platforms, as well as a detailed description of the brand extensions, including any data that would demonstrate the success of the magazine’s initiatives;
  • PDF version of one issue of the magazine published in 2020; and
  • To include support material (merchandise, special issues, books, etc.), please upload either a PDF or JPEG of the product.
Best Magazine (Category 17)

Please upload:

  • PDF of the cover of any issues published in 2020;
  • PDF of a presentation letter (max 500 words) introducing the jury to the publication that includes the editorial mandate;
  • Two (2) PDF versions of issues from 2020; and
  • PDF of a presentation letter, outlining your magazine’s achievements for 2020.
B2B Leadership Award (Category 18)

Entries for the B2B Leadership Award consist of a cover letter indicating the candidate’s name, title, and a summary of their career achievements, including links to or examples of their work, as well as at least two supporting letters from other individuals. The entire submission should consist of a single PDF file, not more than 10 pages in length. The deadline for entries for this award is March 2, 2021. Entries submitted after the online submission deadline must be emailed to staff@magazine-awards.com.

Best Editorial Newsletter (Category 19)

Please upload a brief statement (max 500 words) that:

  • A) introduces the publication to the jury;
  • B) articulates the publication’s strategy for newsletters;
  • C) provides context for the development and deployment of the emails; and
  • D) comments on the impact of the newsletter.
  • Submit URLs to three newsletters to be evaluated.
Best Podcast: News and Politics (Category 20)

Submit a URL to the main point of entry for the podcast series; and submit URLs to 3 specific episodes to be judged.

Best Podcast: Arts and Culture (Category 21)

Submit a URL to the main point of entry for the podcast series; and submit URLs to 3 specific episodes to be judged.

Best Online Video: Short (Category 22)

Submit a URL to the video to be judged. Judges will be advised that the overall quality and impact of the video relative to its intended audience, and not its length or subject matter, should be considered.

Best Online Video: Feature (Category 23)

Submit a URL to the video to be judged. Judges will be advised that the overall quality and impact of the video relative to its intended audience, and not its length or subject matter, should be considered.

Best Online Video: Mini-Doc (Category 24)

Submit a URL to the video to be judged. Judges will be advised that the overall quality and impact of the video relative to its intended audience, and not its length or subject matter, should be considered.

Best Virtual Event (Category 25)

Submit a link (URL) to the online event and a brief statement (500 words) that:

  • Introduces the event to the jury;
  • Articulates how the event has existed, and persisted, in the online space, OR how the event has pivoted from in-person to online;*
  • Provides context for the development and deployment of the online event;
  • Comments on the impact and success of the online event (to assist judges in contextualizing these numbers, please include your intended goals and the current scope of your audience alongside actual numbers on event revenue and viewership).

*Please note that you may enter events that have always existed online, or in-person events that have recently shifted to the digital space.