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All consumer and business magazines and websites edited and published in the United States are eligible to enter the National Magazine Awards. ASME defines a magazine as a print or digital publication issued or updated regularly in a consistent format, shaped by a distinctive editorial perspective and trusted by readers to provide timely information relevant to their interests. Such publications are also often characterized by the use of print or digital technologies to create a visually rich, immersive experience. Magazine-quality journalism published in other media, including newspapers, is also eligible for entry.

Entries are subject to the following conditions:

1. Print magazines must have been published at least four times during 2019 and must still be in existence at the end of the year.

2. Digital publications must have been launched before June 30, 2019, and must still be active at the end of the year.

3. Newspapers and radio and television stations and networks are eligible to enter all categories except General Excellence, Design, Photography and Website. Content submitted by news- and broadcast-media organizations must share the characteristics of print and digital magazine journalism, including extensive reporting, informed analysis, stylish writing, a distinctive point of view and the use of graphics to enrich the reader’s experience.

4. The following are not eligible to enter the Ellie Awards: company publications intended primarily for and distributed solely to employees and their associates or customers; marketing and promotional websites; print or digital newsletters except as part of an entry in General Excellence or Digital Innovation; and magazines published in languages other than English and Spanish.

Only chief editors may enter their publications in the Ellie Awards. Other magazine personnel, including writers and photographers as well as former editors, may not submit entries without the approval of the chief editor. The administrators of the Ellie Awards reserve the right to determine if an entry is eligible for submission.

The following conditions also apply:

5. Print content must be dated 2019 except for single-part entries dated December 2019/January 2020 and multipart entries that include one issue dated December 2019/January 2020 or one article dated January 2020 (content dated December 2018/January 2019 is not eligible for entry).

6. Digital content must have been largely produced in 2019. Screenshots may be requested to verify publication dates.

7. Articles, photographs and other print and digital content cannot be entered in more than one category except as part of an entry in General Excellence, Design, Photography or Website.

8. Special sections or special issues of print magazines are eligible only if they were distributed to the full and customary list of subscribers and newsstands except for entries in General Excellence, Design and Photography, which may include one special-interest or newsstand-only publication.

9. Excerpts serialized from fiction and nonfiction books are not eligible except as part of an entry in General Excellence, Design, Photography or Website.

10. Programs intended solely for broadcast on radio and television are not eligible for entry.

11. A website channel may submit entries separately from its parent site if the channel has an independent brand identity.

12. Print entries that include content funded or produced in partnership by two or more media organizations will not be accepted in any category in which one of the partners has already submitted the maximum number of entries allowed. Media organizations that fund or partner in the production of a finalist or winner will each receive a certificate of recognition or an Ellie.

13. Entries found to be in violation of commonly accepted editorial standards, including the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers, may be disqualified at any time.

14. The administrators of the Ellie Awards may at their own discretion extend the deadline for entry in any category.

See the Rules and Eligibility section for each category for more information.

Editorial Statement
Each entry must include a description of the editorial mission of the publication and a separate editorial statement explaining why the entry deserves an award. To enable judges to compare the achievements of publications with different resources and goals, the description of the editorial mission should include information about editorial staffing and publication strategy, such as the use of print and digital media, but should be no longer than 100 words. The editorial statement describing the entry is strictly limited to 400 words in General Excellence categories and 300 words in all other categories. Entries may include examples of media coverage and correspondence from readers or others attesting to the significance of the entry; such materials should be uploaded at ellieawards.org. Any significant challenge to the accuracy or fairness of an entry, including corrections or retractions, must be noted in the statement.

Multipart Entries
Entries in some categories may consist of as many as three thematically linked articles. Articles published under a common rubric such as “Health” or “Money” do not qualify as thematically linked unless the articles address a specific topic, such as ways to stop smoking or saving for retirement. Entries composed of two or more articles are judged in part on their consistency. Editors may wish to enter a single strong article rather than a series of uneven quality.