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 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 o...
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 Entertainme...
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 a...
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 Publis...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
Michelle Obama
From FLOTUS to best-selling author, Michelle Obama is a fierce online force. With record-breaking success of her autobiography, Becoming, selling more copies than any other US-published book in 2018, M...
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 i...
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 topic...
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 ...

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.