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All consumer and business magazines edited and published in the United States are eligible to enter the Ellie Awards. A magazine is defined as a print or digital publication shaped by a distinctive editorial perspective and trusted by readers to provide timely information relevant to their interests. Magazines are published or updated regularly in a consistent format and are often characterized by the use of print or digital technologies to create a visually rich, immersive experience. Entries are subject to the following conditions:

1. Print magazines must have been published at least three times during 2016 and must still be in existence at the end of the year.

2. Digital publications must have been launched before June 30, 2016, and must be able to show that they are still active at the end of the year.

3. Websites associated with newspapers, radio and television networks and nonprofit news organizations are eligible to enter the following categories: Multimedia, reporting, Feature writing, Essays and Criticism, Columns and Commentary and Public interest. Content submitted by news- and broadcast-media websites 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 Magazine of the Year; 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 2016 except for single-part entries dated December 2016/January 2017 and multipart entries that include one issue dated December 2016/January 2017 or one article dated December 2016/January 2017 or January 2017.

6. Digital content must have been largely produced in 2016. 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 the following categories: General Excellence, Design, Photography, Website and Magazine of the Year.

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 Magazine of the Year, 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 the following categories: General Excellence, Design, Photography, website and Magazine of the Year.

10. Programs intended 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. Entries that include content produced in partnership by two or more media organizations will not be accepted in any category in which one of the partners separately submits the maximum number of entries allowed.

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 sections for individual categories for more information.

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