12th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

The final deadline to vote for your favorite nominee or to enter your brand or organization is on Thursday, February 20th, 2020.


Honoring the most notable and viral influencers and creators from 2020. See below for official categories.

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.

From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards Best Author

When they’re not writing books on wizards saving the world, teenage girls becoming national symbols of rebellion, or stories of an astronaut stranded on Mars, they’re connecting with their fans around the globe through Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Instagram, and blogs.


Andy Weir
Andy Weir’s novel The Martian was originally released on his website, but was so well written and researched fans asked for a Kindle version, which led to a publishing deal. Concerned with scientific accuracy, the book was adapted into a major motion picture starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain and won critical acclaim. Before his novel, Andy …
Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert is best known for her book Eat, Pray, Love, which was also turned into a feature film starring Julia Roberts. She’s written many other books with female-positive messages, including her newest Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. After avoiding social media for a long time, Elizabeth was surprised at how much she enjoyed Twitt…
Saeed Jones
Saeed Jones is the Executive Editor, Culture at BuzzFeed and also the author of Prelude To Bruise, a collection of poems touching on “homophobic aggression and racial bigotry." Born and raised in the South before moving out East for graduate school, Saeed has published other works of poetry, chapbooks, and articles, and is now working on a memoir.…
Sloane Crosley
Sloane Crosley is a New York Times bestselling author for two of her collection of essays I Was Told There’d Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number. Her first novel, The Clasp, was published in 2015. As an avid Twitter user, @askanyone once tweeted, “Social media is the Internet’s mini-bar. Lots of little shots and you can’t touch anything or the…


Gary Shteyngart
Originally from what is now St. Petersburg, Russia, Gary Shteyngart pulls his writing from the experiences of his Soviet childhood and Jewish upbringing. His first novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won praise, as did his follow-ups, Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story, which was about social media marketing. His stories have been published in T…
Joanne Harris
Joanne Harris has written 15 novels, two collections of short stories, and three cookbooks. She is most well known for her book Chocolat, which was made into a feature film starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. She writes about food, magic, and the horror of everyday things and considers herself a “test-driver of experimental dream machines." She works…
Jon Winokur
Every writer needs to learn from writers before him, so Jon Winokur offers some advice to writers, from other writers, through his own writing. WIth over 20 publications like The Traveling Curmudgeon and The Big Book of Irony, Jon’s steadily built a satirical tone all his own, one that both values the writing and pokes fun at its self-importance. He tweets …
Paulo Coelho
A writer and a self-admitted “deleter of tweets," Paulo Coelho is a globally recognized author and lyricist from Brazil. His philosophical novel The Alchemist is one of the bestselling books in history, translated into 67 different languages. Paulo is also the most-followed writer on social media, but still manages to handle his accounts on his own. In 2015…
Ryan O'Connell
Based in Los Angeles, Ryan O’Connell has been published on Thought Catalog, Vice, and The New York Times. His first book I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves tells the tales of his life and the life of other young people in a world with overeducation and underemployment. As an out gay man with cerebral palsy, he has a unique story, which has been o…
Simon Doonan
When he’s not being the Creative Ambassador-At-Large for Barneys, Simon Doonan is writing or telling hilarious stories for The Moth. Originally from the English town of Reading and now a permanent NYC resident, Doonan writes about his fashion-world experiences and the people he most admires. The Boston Globe called him “the David Sedaris of the fashion worl…

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 final deadline FOR voting and entering in the 12th annual shorty awards is on thursday, FEB 20TH.