Shorty Awards Rules

The Short Version

How to Make a Nomination

  • From ShortyAwards.com or on Twitter, send a tweet like this: I nominate @username for a Shorty Award in #category because... [ADD REASON HERE]
  • You can nominate anyone who has a Twitter account for a Shorty Award, which recognizes everything they do on other social networks, too.
  • Be creative with the reason. A tweet without a reason will not count.
  • Vote in one of the Official Categories or make up your own Community Category by editing the category hashtag.
  • You can nominate specific content rather than an account in several categories like Newsworthy Photo of the Year. For those, send a tweet like this: I nominate [INSERT URL] for a Shorty Award in #category because... [ADD REASON HERE].
  • Some categories have special rules for voting. Check each category page for details.

Dates

  • Nominations open: Jan. 7, 2014
  • Nominations close: Feb. 18 11:59 pm EST., 2014
  • Awards ceremony: April 7, 2014 in New York City and live-streamed on the web. Click here for more info.

Winner Selection

  • Unless otherwise noted, each Official Category will have 7 finalists. These include 4 with the most nominations from the public and 3 chosen by a new Shorty Awards Nominating Board made up of professional journalists from around the world.
  • The finalists from the Official Categories will be presented to the Real-Time Academy, which will choose the Shorty Award winners.
  • The number of nominations is an important factor but not the only one The Academy uses to select the winners See details about additional factors below.
  • Nominees should complete the Shorty Awards profile telling The Academy why they should win and provide contact information so the Shorty Awards officials can notify them if they’re finalists. Failure to do so before the nomination period ends could result in disqualification.
  • Separately, whoever receives the most nominations from the public in each Official Category will be honored on ShortyAwards.com as the Shorty Vox Populi winner, a special distinction for the people’s choice.

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

Tip: Take the Shorty Interview and embed a campaign video

How Categories are Selected

  • The Shorty Awards have thousands of categories including dozens of Official Categories and many more Community Categories that anyone can create. If popular enough, a Community Category can become an official one.
  • Increase the odds that a Community Category will become an Official Category:
    • Get as many relevant nominees involved as possible
    • Get more people to make nominations in that category
    • Stay positive and avoid negative campaigning



The Full Version

Nominations

  • Nominations must be relevant to the category and fit within any criteria listed on the category page on ShortyAwards.com.
  • Only one nominee and one category per nomination tweet.
  • You may vote for additional nominees or categories as often as you like.
  • Voting for the same person in the same category more than once just replaces the text of your original vote; it does not count as an additional vote.
  • If you change your Twitter username, any votes you received under your old username may not carry over.
  • Nominees can delete any nomination received by clicking the "delete" link next to that nomination on ShortyAwards.com.
  • We allow shorter nominations like this: #shortyawards @username #category [ADD REASON HERE].
  • Nominations that are not relevant, or do not fit within the criteria listen on the page for a category will be removed, or moved to a more relevant category, at the discretion of Shorty Awards officials. Click on the category names to see the criteria.
  • Retweeted nominations and tweets starting with @replies do not count toward the rankings.

Eligibility

  • Any person or organization with a valid and active Twitter account can send and receive nominations.
  • Nominators must have been active Twitter users well before the start of this year’s Shorty Awards voting period.
  • Votes originating from new Twitter accounts or accounts used primarily for Shorty Awards voting will automatically be disqualified and will not count toward the rankings.
  • If one person controls multiple Twitter accounts, nominations can only be made from one of the accounts.
  • If you or your organization controls multiple Twitter accounts, you can only campaign or become a finalist under one of them for a given category. Shorty Awards officials may remove, recategorize, or disqualify nominees that show evidence of campaigning under multiple affiliated accounts.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify nominees that do any of the following: violate trademarks, infringe copyrights, impersonate others (except in the #fakeaccount category), invade privacy, make threats of violence, promote illegal activities, promote pornography, spam others, use bots, scripts or other automated means for voting, engage in abusive behavior, promise anything of value in exchange for a nomination, or otherwise violate the friendly spirit of the awards.

Categories

  • If a Community Category becomes popular and has enough compelling finalists, it could become an Official Category.
  • Rules for certain Official Categories may supersede the general Shorty Awards rules. Please see the category pages for details.
  • The Shorty Industry Awards categories are for brands and agencies and have separate rules.

Campaigning

  • Nominees are welcome to campaign and encourage friends to vote for them.
  • Offering anything of value in exchange for Shorty nominations is not permitted.
  • Automated prompting of votes within a web or mobile app (e.g. a screen prompting users to tweet a Shorty nomination) is permitted so long as tweeting the nomination is optional, and the app requires the nominator to compose their own unique reason for the nomination. Prompted nominations that are prefilled with a reason are not allowed.

Auditing and Rankings

  • The Shorty Awards use several algorithms to automatically disqualify nomination activity that appears to be intended to game the system or come from irregular accounts.
  • Shorty Awards officials also perform human reviews of a selection of the votes.
  • We also perform periodic audits to check if our system is being gamed. Contact us if you see any suspicious activity.
  • A final vote audit will occur after the voting period ends.
  • Irregular 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. We encourage users to report any suspicious activity to info@shortyawards.com.
  • Nomination counts and rankings may fluctuate as audits are performed and nominations are removed that do not comply with the official voting rules.
  • Nominations that are incorrectly formatted, do not include a reason, or appear to be identical tweets automatically generated en masse will not be counted for the rankings, although they may continue to display on the Shorty Awards site. Nominees who notice these kinds of votes should encourage supporters to resubmit those votes in the correct format.
  • All decisions relating to vote counts and categorization are made at the discretion of Shorty Awards officials and are final.

Winner Selection

  • Unless otherwise noted, each Official Category will have 7 finalists. These include 4 with the most nominations from the public and 3 chosen by a new Shorty Awards Nominating Board made up of professional journalists from around the world.
  • The finalists from the Official Categories will be presented to the Real-Time Academy, which will choose which finalists win the Shorty Award.
  • While the number of nominations determines who many of the finalists are, it’s only one factor The Academy uses in choosing the winner. See Factors the Real-Time Academy considers, above.
  • Nominees should complete the Shorty Awards profile to tell The Academy why they should win and provide contact information so Shorty Awards officials can notify them if they’re a finalist. Failure to do so by the time nominations end could result in disqualification.
  • Separately, whoever receives the most nominations from the public in each Official Category will be honored on ShortyAwards.com as the Shorty Vox Populi winner, a special distinction for the people’s choice.

Shorty Vox Populi

  • The finalist that received the most votes in each Official Category will be declared the Shorty Vox Populi winner and honored on the site.
  • In case of a tie in a given category, all finalists that tied will become Shorty Vox Populi winners.

Awards Ceremony

  • An awards ceremony will be held in New York City to honor the Shorty Award winners from the categories that were presented to the Real-Time Academy for judging.
  • 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 are now available to the public.
  • To learn more about the ceremony, check out our video highlights.

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 or cancel 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.

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, 560 Broadway, Suite 201, 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.

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