11th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

See below for official categories. The early entry deadline is November 29th, 2018.

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 Podcast

Whether they’re talking startups, interviewing celebrities, or talking about cult TV shows, podcasts come in all shapes and sizes. So, what takes an average podcast and makes it rank higher than the rest? Communication. Some of the top podcasts today are taking to the little blue bird, Facebook, and YouTube to chat with their fans, get feedback, and keep their ears out for leads and interesting stories.


Another Round
BuzzFeed’s Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton host Another Round, discussing “everything from race, gender and pop culture to squirrels, mangoes, and bad jokes, all in one boozy podcast." BuzzFeed has seen quick success with its online content, but this is its first real venture into podcasts. Typically fueled by bourbon, the duo discusses any curre...
Black Girls Talking
Gather four black girls together and get them talking about the representation of people of color, popular culture, and their individual pursuits of the perfect body oil and you’ve got Black Girls Talking. The quad includes Alesia, Fatima, Aurelia, and Ramou, who are split between the coasts. In 2015, the quartet had much to discuss and used the...
Nerdist is a weekly podcast hosted by resident nerd Chris Hardwick and his two friends Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. Each week, the trio discusses a nerdy topic of their choosing and are accompanied by a different famous guest including the likes of Justin Theroux, Bill Burr, and Quentin Tarintino. Chris made social media news in his nerd community...
Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig
Just like its title promises, Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig is an interview podcast “that is more about the laffs than the feels." Part audio, part video, Not Too Deep keeps with Grace’s dislike for emotions by challenging her guests (who are also fellow YouTube personalities) to different competitions in order to keep the conversation light. G...
Radiolab is public radio channel WNYC’s answer to a podcast covering any topic that makes its viewers and hosts curious. The 60-minute show is hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich and has been on-air for 13 seasons. Season 12 traveled to different cities covering an unpublished review of extinction, inviting listeners to chime in. Any li...


Gilmore Guys
Demi Adejuyigbe and Kevin Porter are the guys behind the Gilmore Guys podcast—just two guys talking about the TV show Gilmore Girls. Their timing was semi-planned and lucky, as they started the podcast a day before Netflix released all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls on streaming. Bi-weekly, the guys discuss and analyze the cultural references and idiosync...
Men in Blazers
Michael Davies and Roger Bennett continue to believe that soccer is the next great American sport, as displayed on their NBC podcast Men in Blazers, which is devoted to teaching Americans about the sport in an intelligent and humorous way. Sometimes celebrity guests like Fargo’s Patrick Wilson talk about their soccer days. Fans tweet @MeninBlazers their w...
Planet Money
No one ever likes to talk about money, which is why Planet Money made talking about money fun for its NPR listeners. This bi-weekly podcast teaches its listeners about what’s going on with the economy and contributes stories to other NPR shows. Featuring anyone from baller millionaires to those who study the economy for a living, and everyday people who w...
Reply All
Reply All is Gimlet’s podcast for discussing how the internet shapes people, and people shape the internet. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, who both started in public radio, Reply All aims to share high-quality stories and narratives each week on varying subjects, including an Instagram-like photo-sharing app for doctors with gruesome hospital photos ...
Gimlet’s podcast Startup is a series that focuses on one topic of business per season. Season 1 was hosted by Alex Blumberg, who told the story of launching the podcast’s parent company Gimlet Media. In Season 2, Alex is joined by Lisa Chow to follow a new company—The Dating Ring (an IRL matchmaking service started by two women in their 20s in New York)— ...
WTF with Marc Maron
Marc Maron is a longtime standup comedian who also hosts his own podcast WTF with Marc Maron. Marc is hilariously honest while unabashedly angry at the world, interviewing musicians, chefs, artists, comedians, and other celebrities, discussing how they all achieved their successes in their respective creative fields. In 2015, President Obama was a guest o...

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, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitch, TikTok, and the rest of the social web.

The Early Entry Deadline is November 29, 2018