The Shorty Impact Awards invite any organization, including agencies, brands, networks, services, non-profits, etc., to enter corporate social responsibility and sustainability campaigns that organizational and marketing teams have worked so hard to realize. While the Shorty Awards have long honored the best of social media, this competition includes efforts made by organizations to improve sustainability and diversity internally, foster globally-minded business partnerships, and increase employee community and civic engagement.

Winners have been announced! Check out the full list.

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*Dates are subject to change

Timeline Impact 2022

All deadlines are at 11:59 PM EDT

NOTE: Entries are only considered complete after you complete the payment process.

Check out what you need to fulfill your entry by downloading our entry packet. 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 them up before you submit the payment.

ALL entries must be published to be eligible for judging.


To be eligible, the work entered must have been at least partially live between August 1st, 2021 and July 31st, 2022. Unless otherwise noted in the category description, spec work and incomplete work are not eligible.

Entry Fees and Dates

Entries are now closed. Finalists and Audience Voting will be announced shortly!

*Non-profits can apply for a $100 USD discount per entry per category. Contact [email protected]


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 and 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 packet.


The Shorty Impact Awards winners and honorees, including Finalists, Gold, Silver and Bronze Honorees; are chosen by the Real Time Academy. The decision is made based in three main criteria: creativity, strategy 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. That mentioned, there could be no finalists 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 other honors, which is solely chosen by the Academy members.


The Shorty Impact Awards recognize excellence in the professional social media community. We honor both the work and the people behind the work. When entering work for the Shorty Impact Awards or Shorty Phenom Awards, be mindful that your work must demonstrate at least one of the following criteria:

Impact & Engagement

Entries should demonstrate that their work had a positive impact on the cause they represent and/or successfully engaged their communities in a positive manner.

Creative & Originality

Entries should demonstrate that their work is creative, well-executed and original. 

Strategy & Innovation

Entries should demonstrate that their work incorporates clear and effective strategies important to the goals of the cause and/or integrates innovative and new ways to deliver their message.

People & Purpose

Entries should demonstrate that the people behind the work have displayed exceptionalism in their work and/or ensure their work holds purpose for their organization. 


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 via online, or invoice. Invoices are due receipt; hence, this 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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