Categories Announced for the 6th Annual Digital Publishing Awards

The National Media Awards Foundation is pleased to announce the lineup of categories for the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards. Our program for 2021 features 24 categories, including expanding the Best Podcast award into two separate categories and introducing a new category, Best Virtual Event, to better reflect the content being produced by the industry.

We’re also pleased to introduce a new, cross-programming initiative. For the categories highlighted below, we welcome the work of National Magazine Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B participants, in addition to Digital Publishing Awards participants. Entries in each category will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and winners will be announced across all three programs. Here’s the full lineup:

  1. Best Digital Editorial Package
  2. Best Column
  3. Best News Coverage (Community Publication)
  4. Best News Coverage
  5. Best Feature Article
  6. Best Feature Article: Short
  7. Best Feature Article: Long
  8. Best Personal Essay
  9. Best Arts & Culture Storytelling
  10. Best Science & Technology Storytelling
  11. Best Service Feature
  12. Best Online Video: Short
  13. Best Online Video: Feature
  14. Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
  15. Best Podcast: News & Politics
  16. Best Podcast: Arts & Culture
  17. Best Digital Design
  18. Best Photo Storytelling
  19. Best Social Storytelling
  20. Best Editorial Newsletter
  21. Innovation in Digital Storytelling
  22. Best Virtual Event
  23. Emerging Excellence Award
  24. Digital Publishing Leadership Award
  25. General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Small, Medium, and Large Publications

If you’re interested in submitting to the 2021 DPAs, please note that the call for entries opens on December 22, 2020 and closes on January 29, 2021. To save on fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 22, 2021.

Our Freelancer Support Fund will be available once again this year, ensuring that the Digital Publishing Awards recognize the best work from a broad range of Canadian creators.

Call for Entries: 5th Digital Publishing Awards

Digital Publishing Awards Call for Entries

We’re officially accepting entries for the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards, recognizing the best of Canada’s digital publishing content. This year, the awards are composed of 23 distinct categories, including one new category—Best Feature Article. Note that the early bird deadline is January 16th, and the final deadline is January 23rd

Freelancer Support Fund

Freelance writers, designers, videographers, podcasters, photographers and illustrators who enter their own work for consideration can take advantage of our Freelancer Support Fund. Simply submit two entries, select “Freelancer Support Fund” at the payment stage, and within 24 hours we’ll send you a revised invoice reflecting the buy-one-get-one-free discount. 

Rules and Judging

Prior to submitting entries, please be sure to review the DPA Rules, which include useful info on eligible content and publications. Importantly, to be eligible for the DPAs, a digital publication must have a permanent editorial staff in Canada, and be published in either English, French, or both languages. Publications do not need to be exclusively digital to be eligible.

Interested in reviewing judging procedures? Visit our DPA Judging Process page.

Submissions and Deadlines

The submissions process is completely digital—visit submissions.digitalpublishingawards.ca to enter. Submit before January 16th, the early bird deadline, and pay only $110 for your entries. After that, submissions are $125 and must be received by January 23rd

Nominations for the Emerging Excellence Award and the Digital Publishing Award will be open until March 2nd, 2020. (For submissions made between January 24th to March 2nd, please email them to info@digitalpublishingawards.ca). 

Soirée

All #DPA20 winners will be presented at the spring soirée, with details announced in early 2020. To stay in the loop, follow us on Twitter and Facebook

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Announcing the Categories for the 5th Annual Digital Publishing Awards

2020 Digital Publishing Awards Category Lineup.

At the Digital Publishing Awards, we’re excited to announce the newly-revised lineup of 23 categories for 2020. This year, we’re introducing Best Feature Article, a complement to the two other feature article categories. We’ve also refined the video lengths for the Best Online Video categories, to better reflect the content being produced by the industry. Here’s the full line-up:

  1. Best Digital Editorial Package
  2. Best Column
  3. Best News Coverage (Community Publication)
  4. Best News Coverage
  5. Best Feature Article *NEW*
  6. Best Feature Article: Short
  7. Best Feature Article: Long
  8. Best Personal Essay
  9. Best Arts & Culture Storytelling
  10. Best Science & Technology Storytelling
  11. Best Service Feature
  12. Best Online Video: Short
  13. Best Online Video: Feature
  14. Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
  15. Best Podcast
  16. Best Digital Design
  17. Best Photo Storytelling
  18. Best Social Storytelling
  19. Best Editorial Newsletter
  20. Innovation in Digital Storytelling
  21. Emerging Excellence Award
  22. Digital Publishing Leadership Award
  23. General Excellence in Digital Publishing: Small, Medium, and Large Publications

The call for entries opens on December 9, 2019 and closes on January 23rd, 2020 at midnight ET. To save on entry fees, get your submissions in by January 16, 2020, the early bird deadline. Freelancers, you’ll be pleased to know that we’re once again offering the Freelancer Support Fund for independent writers and creators!

Call for Judges

2020 Digital Publishing Awards Call for Judges.

Want to judge for the DPAs? We’re now welcoming applications. Please send an email to info@digitalpublishingawards.ca with a few sentences outlining your professional experience. For further information on the process, visit our How to be a Juror page.

Last chance to enter the 2019 DPAs

As the month comes to a close, so does the Digital Publishing Awards’ call for entries: Friday, February 1st is your last chance to submit your work to the awards. Entries will be judged by three-member juries, made up of Canada’s top digital publishing talent. You can read more about the judging process here.

For categories, there are 23 to choose from: with this expansive lineup, Canadian writers, editors, art directors, graphic designers, web developers, photographers, illustrators, and videographers, are sure to find a good fit for their work. Best of all, Gold winners in individual categories will take home a $500 cash prize!

The entire submission process takes about ten minutes. Start by clicking here to access our online portal. There, you’ll enter the details of your submission(s) and pay the entry fees. Easy!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for updates—that’s where we’ll be announcing the nominees. Also note that the deadline to nominate someone for the Emerging Excellence Award or the Digital Publishing Leadership Award is Friday, March 1, 2019.

Early-Bird Deadline for the Digital Publishing Awards

Early-birds, you’re almost out of time—our discount comes to an end this Friday! If you want to save $25 per entry, be sure to make your submission(s) by midnight (ET) on January 25th. After that, entry fees will be $125 each.

All Canadian digital publications and digital creators are welcome to enter the awards. Many of the categories have a $500 cash prize for the gold winner, while our national publicity efforts promote all finalists and winners. Placing in the Digital Publishing Awards means getting your work read and recognized.

What’s more, the submission process is simple: review the categories, then click here to access the online submissions portal, and follow the steps provided. (Freelancers, remember that we also offer the freelancer support fund.)

Any and all questions can be sent to info@digital publishingawards.ca.

Work from 2018 that falls into the business-to-business category can be entered in the inaugural National Magazine Awards: B2B. The final deadline for the NMA: B2B program is February 1, 2019.