Eligibility and Rules
- The Digital Publishing Awards competition is open to Canadian digital publications and to Canadian citizens or permanent residents (landed immigrants) whose work has appeared in them during the current awards period: January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016.
- An eligible digital publication is editorial in nature. It must: have and submit a clear independent editorial mandate; be the product of an editorial process; and be published regularly.
- An eligible digital publication—including those that support established brands in magazine, newspaper, broadcast, B2B and other journalism, as well as those that serve their audiences exclusively as digital brands—with a permanent editorial staff in Canada and published in either English or French or a combination of both.
- Awards are intended for Canadian content creators and as such all creators and collaborators—including but not limited to writers, editors, art directors, graphic designers, web developers, photographers, illustrators and videographers—named on a submission must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
- Entry fees are $110 each plus HST. Early bird fee is $95 each plus HST.
- Individual entries may consist of content repurposed from print or visual platforms but may not be comprised entirely of repurposed content.
- Individual entries comprised, wholly or in part, of advertorial, native content/advertising and/or promotional content may be considered ineligible for an award.
- Except where stated, there is no limit on the number of entries submitted per category.
- Finalists will be proportionate to the number of entries submitted in a category up to a maximum of ten finalists.
- The Digital Publishing Awards reserves the right to use the entries of finalists and winners in the awards presentation program, event material, exhibit, digital book, website, online archive, social media and other promotional efforts, but not for sale or profit.
- Entries that are incomplete, do not conform to the rules, or do not fit category definitions may be disqualified without notice. Entry fees for disqualified or withdrawn submissions will not be refunded.
- The Digital Publishing Awards reserves the right to cancel any category that does not receive enough submissions to provide a legitimate competition. In this case, the entry fees will be refunded to the submitters.
- The decision of the judges will be final.
As part of our commitment to transparency, we have published specific judging criteria for each category, so that submitters understand the measures by which the judges consider each submission.