Mark your calendars: Thursday, January 23rd is your last chance to enter the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards. Entries will be judged by three-member juries made up of Canada’s top digital publishing talent—this is a great opportunity to get your work read by the best of the best! (For more on the judging process, click here).
With 23 categories to choose from, Canadian writers, editors, art directors, graphic designers, web developers, photographers, illustrators and videographers are sure to find an excellent fit for their work.
Start the submission process by visiting our online portal. Then, enter the details of your entry and pay the fee. You’ll want to follow us on Twitter (we’re @DPAwards), where we’ll announce the nominees this spring.
Hey, early birds—we want to remind you that our discounted entry fees come to an end on January 16th, 2020. After that, entry fees increase to $125 (+HST).
Who’s eligible to enter #DPA20? All Canadian digital publications and creators are eligible (we even have a Freelancer Support Fund that allows independent writers and creators to submit two entries at the discounted rate of buy-one-get-one free!). There’s a $500 cash prize for all individual gold winners, while all nominees and winners benefit from the interviews, networking sessions, best-practices guides, and other engagements our Foundation facilitates.
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.
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:
Best Digital Editorial Package
Best News Coverage (Community Publication)
Best News Coverage
Best Feature Article *NEW*
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 Digital Design
Best Photo Storytelling
Best Social Storytelling
Best Editorial Newsletter
Innovation in Digital Storytelling
Emerging Excellence Award
Digital Publishing Leadership Award
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
Want to judge for the DPAs? We’re now welcoming applications. Please send an email to email@example.com with a few sentences outlining your professional experience. For further information on the process, visit our How to be a Juror page.
Ideal candidates should fulfill one or more of the following criteria:
Internationally renowned journalist, editor, designer or other expert with an interest in supporting the NMAF fulfill its mission;
Editor, art director, publisher, web editor or other staff member (past or present) of a Canadian magazine, whether or not your publication participates in the National Magazine Awards, Digital Publishing Awards, or National Magazine Awards: B2B;
Freelance or staff writer, illustrator, photographer or digital creator, where a significant portion of your work is in Canadian publications (especially if you have been nominated for or won a National Magazine Award, Digital Publishing Award, or National Magazine Award: B2B yourself);
Journalist (print, broadcast, digital) with expertise in a particular field represented by one or more NMA, DPA, or NMA: B2B categories (such as photojournalism, service, arts & culture, fiction, poetry, etc);
Academic or industry leader with expertise in a particular field;
Professionals and leadersfrom related cultural sectors, including the visual arts (film and television), the literary arts (book writing & publishing) and the performing arts (theatre, music);
Bilingual: Not all of our judges need be bilingual, but all awards juries will have at least one bilingual member.
We welcome applications from individuals who bring different industry perspectives – from recognized leaders to celebrated emerging talents. We also aim for the judging panels to reflect our country’s diverse Indigenous, cultural, and regional communities.
Judging will take place during February and March 2020. For more information, or to nominate a peer to the jury, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org