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.

Best in Activism

So many people use social media to grow their own brands, and can overlook those using social media to help improve lives across the globe. From clean water to human rights to social justice, social media has proven to be an effective way to drive change in communities and societies. Through educating, writing, fundraising, standing up or kneeling down, these activists and their work leads to positive strides towards a better tomorrow.

If you’re a brand looking for recognition for your use of social media in this space, enter the Best Social Good Campaign Shorty Award.


Bernice A. King
Youngest daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, Bernice A. King is following her parents’ footsteps in civil rights leadership and advocacy. CEO of The King Center, ordained minister, Hard Questions, Heart Answers bestselling author and one of Ebony’s “Ten of Tomorrow” future leader, Bernice is an equally powerful force on social medi...
Blair Imani
Black, queer, Muslim activist and author Blair Imani supports, advocates and engenders through the power of media. From the immense spotlight following her 2017 coming-out appearance on Tucker Carlson, Blair has fostered a strong advocacy and storytelling platform on social media. Speaking out against the executive order “Muslim ban” and empowering throug...
Brittany Packnett
Social justice leader and once-member of President Obama’s 21st Century Policing Task Force, Brittany Packnett pursues justice with “love + power.” The Campaign Zero co-founder, National Community Alliances VP and 2018 BET Awards Shine A Light recipient, Brittany takes to her vast online network to encourage systemic political and social change. To her 18...
Michael Skolnik
Described by the NY Times as “the man you go to … to soften the ground for social change,” activist, entrepreneur, and storyteller Michael Skolnik is helping to ignite positive change for a better future. Through his multifaceted experience as a filmmaker, former Global Grind president, The Trayvon Martin Foundation board member, We Are Soze co-founder, a...
Monica Lewinsky
Since the infamous Starr investigation, Monica Lewinsky has steadfastly risen above the incident’s onslaught of public shaming, galvanizing her strength and hard-earned experience to serve as a voice of anti-bullying advocacy. The Vanity Fair contributing writer, public speaker, LGBTQ+ supporter and self-proclaimed “patient zero" of online harassment, Mon...
Sonita Alizadeh
Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh is galvanized by memories of her narrow escape from forced child marriage, and the awareness that millions of others aren’t so lucky. Making MTV headlines in 2015, “This Afghan Teen Escaped Forced Marriage By Making a Rap Video,” Sonita’s viral YouTube sensation, Brides For Sale, sparked her rescue by nonprofit The Stronghear...

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.