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We are now accepting entries for the 2021 competition. If you need additional assistance or have any questions about categories please contact Rose Anderson at email@example.com
The 2021 competition deadline is May 20, 2021.
Radio Programs and Reports/Features:
Single – $295 USD
Series – $425 USD
Radio Promotional Spots and IDs:
Single – $295 USD
Series – $425 USD
Single – $295 USD
Series – $425 USD
On-air Talent & Craft:
Single - $295 USD
Series - $425 USD
Single - $75 USD
Series - $150 USD
A separate fee is applicable for each category selection. If you are submitting more than one entry, send only one payment for the total amount of all of your entry fees. Our preferred payment is by VISA, MasterCard, and Amex. Bank/Credit Card Processing Fees – Visa/MasterCard 3% of total order and American Express 3.2% of the total order. Currency must be in US dollars made payable to INTERNATIONAL AWARDS GROUP, LLC.
INTERNATIONAL AWARDS GROUP must receive information entry fee payment within 7 business days following the completion of your online entry submission in order to process your entries, otherwise, the entries may be withdrawn from the competition.
For wire (or bank) transfer payments, all bank charges must be prepaid by you and an additional $100 US dollars will be added to the total amount on your invoice to cover intermediary bank fees. You must include your invoice number on your bank transfer Instruction forms so we can match your payments to your order.
Your invoice number and our bank transfer information will be available to you just prior to checkout. You will be able to print your invoice for your accounting department so they can execute the transfer.
We do not charge media handling fees, sales tax, or VAT taxes.
Late Entry Fee: Any entry submitted after the official Final Deadline may be subject to a 10 % Late Entry Processing Fee.
Refund Policy: Refunds of entry fees will only be granted if a request is made within 14 days of submitting entries and then a $100 fee will be charged to cover additional administrative costs. After 14 days, because entries will have been processed and entered into the system, no refunds will be granted but we will be able to block the entries from the judging schedule. No refunds will be made once judging begins.
All professional radio programs, features, audiobooks, and spots are eligible for entry in the 2021 awards competition, provided that they:
1. Were produced, issued, or the first broadcast from January 1, 2020, until the deadline of May 20, 2021.
2. Conform to the formats and categories listed below
Select the category that most closely relates to your submission's type of program, the primary purpose or target audience. You may enter the same production or program in multiple categories, including program categories and craft categories. There is an entry fee for each category you enter. Individual entries are evaluated for their intrinsic merits – without comparing them with others. Each entry is, in effect, in competition with itself, and is measured by our online jury of experts using an industry-accepted standard of excellence.
The categories for New York Festivals® Radio Awards are divided into several groups. They are News Programs, News Reports/Features, Documentary, Entertainment, Talk Programs, On-Air Talent, Programming Format, Morning Drive/Afternoon Programming, Promotions/Program Opens& IDs, Digital, Podcasts, Student, Audio Books, and Craft.
See Categories listing for additional explanations.
Each entry file must be submitted separately. Series entries are limited to three programs or episodes or pieces. Only one entry form is required per series, but all pieces must be labeled.
Entries in the category sections of On-Air Talent and Programming Format should consist of at least one of the following:
(1) one hour of air time or
(2) a telescoped version of up to an hour, or
(3) a compilation of the best segments. Eliminate any advertising spots.
Entries in Programming Format categories must include examples of how the show opens, closes and any show characteristics other than just the music.
Entries in Audio Book categories should consist of up to two hours either unabridged or abridged.
Entries are judged by prominent radio experts and professionals from stations and companies around the world. Entries are judged for production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity, and use of the medium. Finalists will be notified in June. Winners will be announced in October at the Storytellers Gala at NAB show Las Vegas. Press releases will be sent to international wire services and to the trades. New York Festivals® Radio Awards winners may refer in advertising and publicity to the fact that they are a New York Festivals winner and, for one year after the award was bestowed may use the New York Festivals logo or laurel in such advertising. A ® registration mark must accompany the use of the image.
In collaboration with the United Nations Department of Global Communication, New York Festivals® established the UNDPI Awards in 1990 to honor radio content which best exemplifies the aims and ideals of the United Nations. Nominated programs that achieve Finalist status are eligible to compete for these prestigious annual awards at no additional cost. Global concerns of particular interest to the United Nations include peace and security; advancement of women; social development; health issues including HIV/AIDS; human rights; literacy; sustainable development; the fight against poverty and include a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, also known as the Global Goals) to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice and tackle climate change by 2030. Eligible finalists will be judged by a blue-ribbon panel convened by the United Nations to select Gold, Silver, and Bronze United Nations Award Winners. Results will be announced at the October 2021 ceremony at NAB Show in Las Vegas.
The written background summary is required during the online entry process and
includes the purpose of your entry, the audience of your entry along with any other pertinent information about content and context.
This is your opportunity to address the grand jury members and explain what is special about your submission.
Productions in any language, from any nation, may be entered. If your entry is in a language other than English, you MUST provide a translation of at least the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes. The translation must be submitted digitally either in the translation box provided on the online entry. We will not accept translations in any other format. Translations may only be edited after the entry process is complete, by contacting NYF Processing.
When submitting your credits, be aware that if your entry is a winner, only the name of the entering company, name of the program, name of the brand, and title of the entry will appear on the trophy which is given to each winning entry. Certificates additionally list ten names with corresponding job titles. An additional five names with job titles can be listed in the showcase section of our website for a total of 15 lines. You may use any title you wish for the people involved in the creation of the work. Finalists, when notified, will be given the opportunity to correct credits. However, if no corrections are made, credits listed during the entry process will be considered the credits of record.
Following the Awards ceremony, winning entrants may order for purchase additional awards with personalized credits.
All entries must use the following standard for text formatting. These standards allow us to better judge and showcase your work.
Title of Entry and Brand Name Format:
Proper Case (all first letters capitalized) must be used in the title and brand name. Series entries must be named with a single series title or with individual program titles separated by slashes.
Single Entry Example:
Title Of Entry
Title One / Title Two
Series Example with overall title:
Series Title of Entry
Include text in Sentence Case (first letter of each sentence capitalized). Do not use all capital or all lowercase letters.
This entry is a children's program. It is targeted toward ages 8 to 14.
Talent names and job titles must be in Proper Case (all first letters capitalized). Do not use all capital or all lower case letters. There is a separate field for each name and each title. Do not abbreviate job titles unless necessary. Please list credits in order of importance.
Delivery Requirements Overview:
New York Festivals® plays your entries in an encoded format to Grand Jury members to judge online. Access is password protected. No other entrants can listen to your uploaded submissions.
All entries can be uploaded through our online entry process. We no longer use FTP as a means of delivery. Remember, if you are submitting a series entry, each piece must be uploaded separately.
We strongly urge uploading MP3 files. Entries must be submitted using one of the following formats:
- MP3 Upload
- URL for Online Radio or Audio Podcast
Standard MP3 format. Stereo or mono, 44.1 kHz, 16 bits, MPEG layer 3 audio. A typical 1-minute recording will be 1.4 MB.
How to Upload your entries:
After you receive your confirmation email for your closed cart, you will need to input the piece details including title, type of entry, background summary, translation (if not in English) and method of submission. Then you will be able to upload your entries by clicking the upload box next to each entry. Please make sure that you upload (attach) all pieces of your entries.
Series entries may consist of up to three pieces (complete episodes or segments) that best represent the entire series. Entrants also have the option of submitting up to three separate cut-downs. Edit each episode (or compile a series of clips) resulting in a piece 7-20 minutes in length that best represents the essence of the submission. If your series entry has three pieces, you will have 3 episodes or 3 cut-downs, and you will have 3 files to upload.
Please see our Entry Process Guide sections 8. Confirmation Number and 9. Piece Details.
If your entries are URL/links:
If you use this option, we recommend that you follow the file size and formats above. You must keep the links active through the entire process and we will need MP3 files for the ceremony and winners gallery
Entries and materials submitted will not be returned and may be displayed, shown, duplicated, published or reproduced for educational and/or promotional purposes as New York Festivals® deems appropriate. By entering, the entrant agrees to hold New York Festivals and any of its affiliated companies exempt from any costs or expenses of any claim arising out of any such use.
Entrants have the option to not have their entry available in its entirety on our websites by exercising the option listed on the online entry form. Entrants who exercise that option may upload trailers once judging has concluded if they desire to showcase their winning entries.
New York Festivals assumes no responsibility for the acts or omissions of those individuals or entities submitting entries pursuant to this notice. By entering, entrants guarantee they have obtained the permission of the rights-holder for any submission. All submitting entities and/or individuals are advised to review submissions with respect to correct name credits and other information.
All copies of entries submitted become the property of International Awards Group, LLC, and its affiliated awards companies, AME Awards, The Global Awards, Midas Awards and the New York Festivals, (hereafter collectively referred to as IAG), for supplemental presentations to educational institutions, trade groups and the public generally, and will not be returned. Entrant specifically grants worldwide, royalty-free permission to IAG to play or show the entries at award presentations, IAG sponsored screenings around the world or in any private presentation with or without charge whenever and as often as IAG and its representatives see fit without any compensation to Entrant.
We no longer accept offline paper forms. We no longer accept entries delivered by post. Please use our online entry system for each of your submissions. A confirmation/invoice of the total for all your entries will be automatically generated at Checkout with the total amount due and shipping instructions.