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 minist...
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,...
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 Alli...
Colin Kaepernick
There’s no contesting Colin Kaepernick’s recent dominance in the spotlight. The highly controversial ex-NFL quarterback that instigated the 2016 Take A Knee protest against racial injustice has become ...
Danny Glover
Danny Glover is not too old for this sh*t. The actor, director and producer has long been a political activist, whether serving as an voice for black equality, immigrant rights and workers unions, or a...
Jameela Jamil
British model, The Good Place actress and radio presenter Jameela Jamil is hoping to change “how we define women’s worth.” Angrily overcome by a social media post that advertised the weight of each Kar...
Mari Copeny
11-year-old activist and “future president” Mari Copeny is helping kids to embrace their power through equal opportunity. Since her 2016 letter to President Obama, convincing him to come observe Flint ...
Marley Dias
Stunned by the lack of black protagonists in her school’s reading curriculum, avid reader Marley Dias set to work. At just 11 years old, Marley launched a book drive in 2015, #1000BlackGirlBooks” with ...
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 futu...
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 o...
Nyle DiMarco
The first deaf winner of both America's Next Top Model and Dancing With the Stars, Kyle DiMarco uses online media as advocacy and awareness platforms. To his roughly 3M followers, Nyle has fostered acc...
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 A...

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.