Missed the Early Bird deadline? Fear not: you can still enter the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards, up until January 29, 2021 at midnight (EST). Categories range from Best Virtual Event to Best Arts and Culture Storytelling, representing the diverse range of work produced by Canadian creators. Freelancers will also want to take note of our Freelancer Support Fund, allowing independent writers and creators to submit two entries for the price of one.
Check out the full 25 category lineup, what’s new for 2021, and then start the submission process by visiting our online portal! Simply enter the details of your entry and pay the fee. Then, be sure to give us a follow on Twitter (we’re @DPAwards)—that’s where we’ll be announcing the nominees this spring.
Submissions for the 6th annual Digital Publishing Awards are now open! Canadian creators and publishers are eligible to submit digitally published content across 25 categories this year, including one new category—Best Virtual Event. Gold winners in individual creator categories will receive a $500 cash prize.
For this cross-programming initiative, all entries will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and winners will be announced across all three programs. For more information, please see our rules.
Freelancer Support Fund
Our Freelancer Support Fund allows independent writers, designers, videographers, podcasters, photographers and illustrators to buy one entry and get one free. Please note that the Fund applies only to individual creator categories, which come with a cash prize of $500 for Gold winners.
Rules and Judging
Prior to submitting entries, please take a moment to review DPA Rules. Canadian digital publishers—including those that support established brands in consumer & B2B magazines, newspapers, broadcast and other journalism, as well as those that serve their audiences exclusively as digital brands—are eligible to participate in the DPAs.
Interested in reviewing judging procedures? Learn more about our DPA Judging Process here.
Submissions and Deadlines
The DPA submissions process is completely digital—visit TK to enter. To save on entry fees, get your entries in by the early bird deadline of January 22, 2021. The final deadline for submissions is January 29, 2021 at midnight EST.
The deadline to nominate someone for the Emerging Excellence Award or the Digital Publishing Leadership Award is March 2, 2021. (Submissions made from January 30 onward should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
To keep up with what’s going on, follow the Digital Publishing Awards on Twitter and Facebook.
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:
Best Digital Editorial Package
Best News Coverage (Community Publication)
Best News Coverage
Best Feature Article
Best Feature Article: Short
Best Feature Article: Long
Best Personal Essay
Best Arts & Culture Storytelling
Best Science & Technology Storytelling
Best Service Feature
Best Online Video: Short
Best Online Video: Feature
Best Online Video: Mini-Doc
Best Podcast: News & Politics
Best Podcast: Arts & Culture
Best Digital Design
Best Photo Storytelling
Best Social Storytelling
Best Editorial Newsletter
Innovation in Digital Storytelling
Best Virtual Event
Emerging Excellence Award
Digital Publishing Leadership Award
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.
The day has arrived! At 4pm ET, the winners of the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards will be unveiled in a livestream digital presentation on Twitter.com/DPAwards and you can follow along here on digitalpublishingawards.ca.
Be sure to keep refreshing this page to see live updates starting from 4pm ET. We are looking forward to sharing all the exciting news with you, your friends and colleagues.
If you’re hosting a watch party with Zoom or other video conferencing tools, or you’re a DPA winner, we want to hear from you!
Send us your photos, videos or speeches by email at email@example.com or tag us on Twitter @DPAwards or on Facebook @DPAwards. We will share your tweets, posts and videos here on our live blog and on our social media channels.
[5:20pm] That concludes our Winners Celebration! Thank you to everyone for joining us and a huge congratulations to the outstanding winners and finalists of the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards!
[5:16] Closing out the #DPA20 Winners Celebration, the nominees and winners of General Excellence: Large Publication…
[5:13] Now presenting General Excellence: Medium Publication…
[5:09pm] We’re down to the final award! General Excellence is split into 3 divisions honouring publications that live up to their editorial mandate, meet high journalistic standards, and serve their intended audience by taking full advantage of the opportunities digital mediums offer.
First up, let’s see who takes home the gold in the small publication division…
[5:05pm] Let’s take a look at Innovation in Digital Storytelling…
[5:00pm] Check out this excellent work nominated in Best Digital Design…
[4:58pm] Next up, Best Podcast…
[4:55] We have a tie for gold in Best Editorial Newsletter!
Love this, thank you for sharing!
[4:50pm] Now onto Best Social Storytelling… let’s see who takes home the gold…
[4:48pm] The next award recognizes outstanding use of photography to tell a story, including photojournalism, photo essay, photo galleries, conceptual photography and photo-illustration. Now revealing the #DPA20 winners in Best Photo Storytelling…
[4:46pm] Best Online Mini-Doc is next, check out these outstanding nominees and winners…
Let’s hear from the winners!
[4:42pm] Let’s take a look at Best Online Video: Feature…
[4:40pm] Now presenting Best Online Video: Short …
[4:36pm] Next up is Best Science & Technology Storytelling…
[4:34pm] Best Arts & Culture Storytelling honours go to…
[4:30pm] Let’s take a look at the Best Service Feature nominees and winners!
[4:26pm] Next up is Best Personal Essay – be sure to bookmark these great reads!
[4:24pm] Let’s take a look at the nominees and winners in Best Feature Article: Long…
[4:00pm] And we’re off! The 5th Annual Digital Publishing Awards open with words from our 2020 Digital Publishing Leadership award winner, Dmitry Beniaminov.
This award is generously sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation @ReadersDigestCA, a charity dedicated to the development of Canadian journalism, and supporting journalists and creators. Thank you!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.