11th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

See below for official categories. Entries close and voting ends on February 21st, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.

Brands & Organizations

The Shorty Awards honor the talented agencies, brands, and industry leaders behind the best and most innovative work on social media channels, campaigns, websites and applications.

Create Your Own WWE Superstar

Finalist in Instagram Story


Every WWE fan secretly wants to become larger-than-life someday. They root for their favorite competitors because, in some ways, they desire to be their favorite competitors. We wanted to give our Instagram followers an opportunity to create their ideal Superstar to spark a conversation with friends and other fans over their name, signature moves, allies and more.



The seven-frame Instagram Story was based on a screenshot game functionality, with multiple options rapidly flashing on the screen and the user needing to take a screenshot to reveal his or her selection.

The first frame was an introduction to the rules. The second allowed users to select a name, given two quickly rotating words — one an adjective and the other a noun — giving way to names like The Amazing Cowboy or The World's Strongest Warrior. The third frame featured various popular wrestling moves to screenshot. Frames 4 and 5 showcased images of despised and popular wrestlers for the user to screenshot their rival and ally. Then for frame 6, they needed to select which WWE program they would compete on. The final frame was a call-to-action to share their created Superstar to spark a conversation.

The freeze-frame game's design all took place on a consistent background, with only the selection options rotating out on each frame, preventing a jump cut from frame to frame.


The Instagram Story was viewed more than 6 million times with each frame averaging over 860,000 views.


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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, YouTube, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

The 11th annual shorty awards will be held may 5, 2019 in nyc.