The Shorty Impact Awards is an international competition dedicated to honoring purpose-driven work that drives positive change. Its mission is to amplify and inspire meaningful progress by inviting organizations and individuals to make the world a better place.

Entries for the 9th Annual Shorty Impact Awards are now open! Submit your work before the deadline on June 27th.

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9th Annual Shorty Impact Awards

Open entries

May 14th, 2024

Early deadline

June 27th, 2024 | $399 USD*

Regular deadline

August 29th, 2024 | $499 USD*

Late deadline

September 12th, 2024 | $599 USD*

*Fees apply per category.

You may secure the pricing by pre-paying by the deadlines and modify your entries through Sep 12th.

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All deadlines are at 11:59 PM EDT.

NOTE: Entries are only considered complete after you complete the payment process and the entry has been published. ALL entries must be published to be eligible for judging.

You will be able to edit your entry once the payment is secured. Payment can be made securely by credit card using our online entry form. Entry fees are non-refundable. You may enter the same project in multiple categories. If you're looking to have separate case studies for your entry, please check out our FAQ page to learn how to split your entries up before you submit the payment.


To be eligible, the work entered must have been at least partially live between August 1st, 2023 and July 31st, 2024. Unless otherwise noted in the category description, spec work and incomplete work are not eligible.


All entries will require a written portion of their work or campaign. The writing will be in the form of a case study with an objective, strategy & implementation, and results.

You may download an entry template here.

Every entry is allowed to submit media, including images, videos, links and credits. To learn more about media download our entry kit.


The Shorty Awards winners and honorees, including Finalists, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Honorees; are chosen by the Real Time Academy. The decision is made based on three main criteria: purpose/impact, creativity, strategy & execution, and engagement. Check out the judging section to learn more about the criteria.

Finalists, winners, and honors must have a minimum score to be considered. With that said, there could be no distinctions in a category if the entries don't meet the minimum score.

The Shorty Awards has a special honor given to the entry with the highest number of public votes, the Audience Honor. This distinction is based on public votes. All finalists are eligible to compete for the distinction by promoting their entries to get the highest number of votes from their FANS!

The Audience Honor is a separate distinction, meaning that it will not interfere with the decision of winners and honors, which are solely chosen by the Academy members.


The Of The Year Awards are the highest honor given to brands, agencies and nonprofits that have excelled overall in a given season based on the type of the organization identified as the award recipient in the entries. Which include:

  • Named the Winner in at least one category.
  • Received at least three total distinctions.
  • Have the highest number of distinctions within their peer group (brand, agency, non-profit).
  • There is a maximum (but no minimum) of one Of The Year winner per peer group.

The Of The Year awards will be given based on three different categories: small, medium and large.

Size Breakdown

Agency/Brand Of The Year.

Agency of the Year and Brand of the Year will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Small (<1,500 employees)
  • Medium (1,500-1,999 employees)
  • Large (>2,000 employees)

Nonprofit Of The Year.

Non-Profit of the Year will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Small (<100 employees/volunteers)
  • Medium (100-499 employees/volunteers)
  • Large (>500 employees/volunteers)

This will allow each agency, brand or non-profit to be recognized for their work with the understanding that larger organizations have greater resources and should be compared against other organizations of similar size.

People Of The Year

A NEW Of-The-Year category celebrating visionary, creative, and innovative individuals for their work showcased at the Shorty Awards and Shorty Impact Awards. People can be awarded under the following categories:

  • Strategist
  • Creative
  • Media Plannner
  • Researcher
  • Community Builder
  • Producer
  • Brand Marketer
  • Non-profit Marketer
  • Account Executive
  • Changemaker
  • Innovator
  • Creator

Open between May 14 to September 12, 2024. Nominate yourself or a colleague, client, or partner - up to one person per category and a maximum of three categories. Learn more and nominate here.


The Shorty Awards are judged by the Real Time Academy. Experts and leaders in digital and social media, members of the Academy have been selected on the basis of their deep industry knowledge, professional reputation and outstanding achievements, including previous Shorty wins.

While preparing your entry, be mindful of the fact that your work should demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following areas:

Creativity & Innovation

Demonstrate a well-executed strategy along with originality and innovation, resulting in a memorable and “out of the box” outcome.

Strategy & Execution

Clearly defined and effective strategic plan that is key to a brand, agency or organization meeting their objectives. The plan should be aligned with the objectives.


Demonstrate the performance, outcome and positive impact that meet or exceed the objectives of the work submitted. Results can be quantitative and/or qualitative.

Please note: Selected industry experts are asked to judge the Shorty Awards according to their area of expertise. This ensures a true jury of your peers is responsible for considering the work and that it will be judged fairly and accurately.

The agencies, brands and non-profit organizations with the highest number of points will be eligible for Agency of the Year, Brand of the Year or Non-Profit of the year.


Entries are non-refundable. You may ask for credit when withdrawing entry and the team will assess case by case to understand the reasoning behind the credit request.

Entries can be paid online. Invoices are available for submitting five or more entries. Invoices are due receipt, hence can not be modified once they are generated and sent. To avoid this, make sure you ask for the exact number of categories you are looking to pay via invoice.


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