11th Annual Shorty Awards Categories

See below for official categories. The regular entry deadline is February 7th, 2019.

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 9th Annual Shorty Awards TV Show

The television revolution will not be televised… because it’s on the internet. TV isn’t limited to the small screen anymore and the best shows know it, connecting their on-screen worlds with their real-life fans in new and engaging ways. These are the shows with the best social media game going right now.

If you’re a TV network, agency, or brand looking for recognition for your use of social media in a marketing campaign enter the Best Use of Social Media for Television Shorty Award.


Game of Thrones
The ultra-popular series Game of Thrones is a truly global phenomenon. With a monstrous cast and worldwide locations, it’s no wonder the show bridges cultural lines. But #GoT brilliantly uses social media to bring its millions of followers together, by announcing season premieres and keeping up with the cast, whether they’re on the red carpet or...
Gilmore Girls
In 2007, The CW’s Gilmore Girls went off the air after seven successful seasons following mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore as they navigate school, work, life, and love. It was the perfect coming-of-age show for women of all ages, littered with brilliant pop culture references and suburban American familiarity. This year, Netflix saw...
Mr. Robot
Mr. Robot is not for the faint of heart, but it is for #WeTheBold. USA Network delivered 2015’s Golden Globe winner for Best TV Drama, with its 2nd season playing out amidst an election season this year that eerily mirrored the show’s political scandals and online hacking. A paranoid fever dream, the show stars Rami Malek as Elliott Alderson, wh...
Stranger Things
It’s hard to remember life before binge-watching Netflix’s Stranger Things, the 80s-based sci-fi thriller only in its 1st season. Winona Ryder stars as the mother of Will Byers who has gone missing, seemingly into another dimension. With the help of Will’s three best friends and the small town community of Hawkins, IN, we’re introduced to a youn...
Teen Wolf
After six seasons, MTV’s Teen Wolf is howling at the moon one last time and calling it a wrap. Landing at a moment when the world craved all things supernatural, the movie-turned-TV-show (turned-comic-book) is now hanging up its basketball jersey and finally graduating from #BeaconHillsHigh. With millions of followers on social media, the show p...


Broad City
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are the best friends and comedic geniuses behind Comedy Central’s Broad City. After three seasons, the duo continue to find humor in the mundane details of life as two young women in NYC—commenting on anything from brunch to picking your nose. While the characters they play are not far from their real-life personalities, the...
Girls is HBO’s comedic exploration of life as a young, white female living in New York City today. While the show has come under fire for lack of diversity and depicting a narrow view of millennial life today, it beautifully captures the confusing, post-graduate life of those brave enough to take on NYC. Star and creator Lena Dunham and cast put it all ou...
Jane the Virgin
The CW’s popular Jane the Virgin adapted and updated a Venezuelan telenovela for American television. While the plotline is biblically ancient, the writers keep up with the times by weaving funny pop culture references and social media hashtags into the storyline. We follow Jane as she navigates life as a young mother, after an “immaculate conception” wit...
Narcos will leave you on the edge of your seat (and with a serious post-nasal drip). The hit Netflix series brings the story of Pablo Escobar's notorious drug trafficking empire in 1980s Colombia into the homes of millions of streamers. Hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram and Twitter, and over 3 million Facebook likes, prove that the show’s cu...
The Bachelor Nation
And the final rose goes to… Bachelor Nation for consistently keeping us up on “the most dramatic season ever” and a cast full of characters who seem to seek conflict as much as true love. After 20 seasons of The Bachelor, 12 seasons of The Bachelorette, 3 seasons of Bachelor Pad, 3 seasons of Bachelor in Paradise, a number of weddings, and a slew of after...
HBO’s hit series Westworld took fall TV by storm, starting with the most-watched season premiere in HBO’s history, and continuing with fans on Twitter and Reddit hatching theories as the show’s mysteries unfolded week by week. In the wake of the first episode, over 90K tweets referenced the show. Ten episodes later, nearly 200K tweets discussed the events...

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 Regular Entry Deadline is February 7th, 2019