8th Annual Shorty Award Categories

Shorty Awards Rules For Influencers

Dates

  • Voting opens: Jan. 19, 2016
  • Voting closes: Feb. 18 11:59 pm EST., 2016
  • Awards ceremony: April 2016 in New York City and live-streamed on the web.

Voting and Scoring Process

  • The twelve nominees per category will be announced at the beginning of the voting period.
  • Voting on nominees will open on January 19, 2016 and close on February 18, 2016 11:59 PM EST.
  • Users can vote once per day per influencer by clicking “Vote” on the Shorty Awards website. Users also share their vote on Twitter and Facebook through the Shorty Awards website for an additional one vote per social network, per day, per influencer. Each person may only create one user account on ShortyAwards.com for purposes of voting.
  • Once voting has closed, the finalists and winners will be determined by an algorithm that ranks nominees based on combination of number of votes from the public and scores from the Real Time Academy. The top six ranking nominees will go on to become finalists. The finalist with the highest ranking will be the winner in their category.

Factors the Real Time Academy Considers

  • Quality and originality of content on all social media platforms
  • Innovation in using social media in new ways
  • Impact on the world
  • Engagement with followers, fans, friends and critics
  • Support received through passionate Shorty nominations

Nominee Selection

  • Nominees are determined by the Shorty Awards Nominating Board based on their body of work on social media in 2015.
  • The Shorty Awards Nominating Board will also consider nominee recommendations from the public, via the Influencer Recommendation Form. Submitting a recommendation does not guarantee a nomination. Recommendations will be open from December 21, 2015 through January 5, 2016.

Campaigning and Auditing

  • Nominees are welcome to campaign and encourage friends and followers to vote for them to become finalists.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify voters or nominees that do any of the following: violate trademarks, infringe copyrights, impersonate others (except in the Parody category), invade privacy, make threats of violence, promote illegal activities, pornography, or hate speech, spam others, use bots, scripts or other automated means for voting, engage in abusive behavior, promise payment in exchange for votes, or otherwise violate the friendly spirit of the awards.
  • The Shorty Awards use several algorithms to automatically disqualify voting activity that appears to be intended to game the system or come from suspicious accounts. Suspicious accounts include ones that use bots, scripts, issue repetitive automatic votes, appear to have been created specifically for Shorty Awards voting, or exhibit other behavior that violates the spirit of the awards.
  • A final vote audit will occur after the voting period ends.

Awards Ceremony

  • An awards ceremony will be held in New York City to honor the Shorty Award winners.
  • Because the Shorty Awards ceremony must be short, not all of the categories will be presented onstage. However, all Shorty Award finalists will be honored online and encouraged to attend the ceremony to #humblebrag about their achievements.
  • A limited number of tickets will be available to the public.
  • To learn more about the ceremony, check out clips from the show.

Privacy

All information submitted through the Shorty Awards is subject to our privacy policy. To review our privacy policy click here.

Administrator; Release; Limitation of Liability

The Shorty Awards are administered by Sawhorse Media, LLC (“Sawhorse”), which will be entitled to make all final decisions regarding the awards in its sole discretion.

Sawhorse reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend, cancel or modify the Shorty Awards at any time. By participating in the Shorty Awards, whether as a nominee, a nominator or otherwise, each participant agrees to release and hold Sawhorse and its employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, consultants and legal advisors, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the awards, including, without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. Sawhorse reserves the right to publish all entries wholly or in part, as case studies or for publicity purposes.

PARTICIPANTS AGREE THAT PARTICIPATION IN THE SHORTY AWARDS SHALL BE AT THEIR SOLE RISK. IN NO EVENT SHALL SAWHORSE BE LIABLE UNDER CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER LEGAL THEORY (I) FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES (HOWEVER ARISING) OR (II) FOR ANY DIRECT DAMAGES IN EXCESS OF (IN THE AGGREGATE) $100. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION.

User Submissions; Appearance Release

Any and all content submitted by a nominator, a nominee or any other participant in the Shorty Awards is referred to in these Terms of Service as a "User Submission." Each participant shall be solely responsible for his or her own User Submissions and the consequences of submitting them. By submitting a User Submission, the participant represents and warrants that he or she owns or has the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to his or her User Submissions (and all content included therein), including the right to authorize Sawhorse to use the User Submissions in the manner contemplated herein. By submitting the User Submissions to us for public display, the participant hereby grants us an irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the User Submissions in any media formats now or hereafter created and through any media channels now or hereafter created.

In addition, any person who attends the awards ceremony or any other event associated with the Shorty Awards hereby grants us the irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicensable and transferable right to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display and perform any audio recordings, photographs, video or other images in which such person may be included that are taken at such event, whether accurate or distorted in character or form, without restrictions to changes or transformations, in conjunction with such person’s own name or a fictitious name at our discretion, or no name at all.

The use of any trademark, service mark or logo of Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube or any other media outlet is not meant to imply such media outlet’s endorsement of, or affiliation, with The Shorty Awards in any way.

We will not tolerate violations of intellectual property rights. If you are a copyright owner and believe that any User Submission or other Content infringes upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"). To provide us notice of an infringement, you must provide a written communication to the attention of "DMCA Infringement Notification Dept." at. Sawhorse Media, LLC, 632 Broadway, Suite 901, New York, New York 10012 or by email to copyrights@sawhorsemedia.com that sets forth the information specified by the DMCA (see http://www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap5.html#512). You may be liable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) if you materially misrepresent that an activity is infringing your copyright.

8th Annual Shorty Award Categories

About the Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media.

Millions of people participate in The Shortys to recognize individuals and organizations producing great content on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, Vine and the rest of the social web.

The 8th Annual Shorty Awards were held April 11th, 2016 in NYC and can be streamed on youtube.