5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards Categories

Entries are now closed. Finalists will be announced in mid-October!

From the 11th Annual Shorty Awards Best in Literature

In this wild world we are living in, book sales are up! People are reading more than ever! These twelve authors are among some of the best writers today. They also extend their skills to the digital space, chatting with readers, giving their take on the days news. However they choose to use social media, they’re doing something special.

For organizations working in the literature space, we recommend entering the Best in Publishing category to be recognized for your work. Sales are up! You did it!


Angie Thomas
Writer and “lyrically dangerous” former teen rapper, Angie Thomas offers an empowered voice to young adult literature. Her #1 New York Times young adult bestseller The Hate U Give is an inspired take on racism and police brutality as seen from the eyes of a 16-year-old black girl. Met with rapid critical acclaim, the book has spawned a subsequent …
James S. Murray
Comedian and Impractical Jokers star James S. Murray is proving that a comic can have a serious side. Evolving his notoriety from hidden-camera practical jokester, the now internationally bestselling author of 2018 debut monster thriller Awakened has reinvented himself as a master of the horror/sci-fi genre, becoming a #1 Sunday Times Best Seller.…
Jason Reynolds
Already 17 years old when he read his first novel cover to cover, few could have guessed Jason Reynolds would become a New York Times best-selling author. Proclaimed “the hardest-working man” by Publishers Weekly for publishing ten books since 2014, the highly prolific young adult author “hate[s] boring books.” Jason’s modern-experiential themes, …
Jenny Han
From children’s bookseller to in-demand bestselling author, young adult lit’s writing sensation Jenny Han is dominating pop culture. Author of the The New York Times beloved bestselling trilogy To All the Boys I've Loved Before, which Netflix adapted into a popular film, Jenny was met with instant critical acclaim, a historic breakthrough as the f…
Rupi Kaur
Author, spoken word performer and “poetess” Rupi Kaur is shining a light on life’s hidden sweetnesses. The Indian-Canadian bestselling author of collections Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers is considered a new-generation “instapoet,” with a millenial-appealing and socially-built celebrity 3M+ followers. Her timely themes embracing taboo …


Celeste Ng
Asian-American novelist Celeste Ng is “More than a novelist,” according to the New York Times, unveiling the truth about the internet’s darker side. Declared “the novelist of the moment” by Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times bestselling author is using her influencer power to reveal the real-life toxic psychologies of online trolls. A victim of harass…
Jensen Karp
The Jewish “white rapper who ALMOST made it big,” Jensen Karp aka “Hot Karl” signed an “accidental” million dollar record deal at age 19. Jensen hit it big with a novel LA Weekly deemed “might be the funniest rap memoir ever,” Kanye West Owes Me $300. Now, the bestselling author, comedian, content creator, producer, actor, art dealer, podcaster and TBS “Dr…
Lauren Oliver
New York Times bestseller and dystopian thriller author Lauren Oliver is a cutting-edge influencer bringing women, mixed media and mystery together. Rising to writing celebrity through acclaimed novels Panic, the Delirium trilogy, and most recently, her 2018 release Broken Things, Lauren is now at the forefront of the book-to-movie landscape. Bolstering her…
Mark Manson
Self-help writer, and life enthusiast Mark Manson is here to show “why being an a**hole can be a valuable life skill.” The New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark promotes embracing life’s struggles to foster self-growth and gaining a sense of purpose. Through passion, profanity, pain, humor and blunt honesty, Mark has…
Tahereh Mafi
The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Shatter Me series and 2018 book A Very Large Expanse of Sea, Tahereh lends a powerful voice to children’s and young adult lit. Embracing topics like intercultural relationships, discrimination and cultural identity to an audience hungry for honest portrayals relating to their own lives. Connecting w…
Tomi Adeyemi
Entertainment Weekly is wondering, “is Tomi Adeyemi the new J.K. Rowling?” Launching to literary fame via a manuscript contest, the young Nigerian-American became the biggest author on the market with her 2018 debut Children of Blood and Bone, becoming a New York Times Bestseller and securing movie and publishing deals. Raised on a literary diet of white-pr…

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, Snapchat, and the rest of the social web.

finalists for the 5th annual shorty social good awards will be announced in mid-october!