FMA Charlie Awards

Entry Period: 3/1 – 4/17 4/24

Enter Contest

RULES
  • Competition is restricted to FMA members.
  • Affiliate or individual members may enter their own work in the Charlies, but may not enter on behalf of their company or magazine.
  • Only those entries published as or in a member magazine between May 2016 and April 2017 are eligible for competition.
  • Entries can be submitted in more than one category.
  • Please note that all entries in all categories must be submitted by online entry; see category listings for categories that require a hard copy to be mailed into the FMA office, in addition to completing online submission.
  • Entry fees will not be refunded.
  • All entries must be postmarked by April 17, 2017.
  • All entrants must complete the Division Verification Form found at floridamediacontests.com/circ/
  • IMPORTANT: By entering into the Florida Magazine Association’s Charlie Awards competition, you/your company acknowledge that you have the right to enter such work and have notified any third parties such as freelancers that their work has been entered into this competition. By entering into the Florida Magazine Association Awards competition, you have also granted permission for FMA to post images of your entry on the FMA website should it place in any of the competition categories.
DIVISIONS

DIVISIONS: Most categories are divided into publication types including:

  • Association Magazines: nonprofit, institutional and foundation magazines. In some instances, association magazines will be combined in categories with trade/technical publications.
  • Trade/Technical Magazines: magazines targeted for a specific career or point of interest. In some instances, the trade/technical and association publications will be combined.
  • Consumer Magazines: Categories may be divided into circulation brackets of under 20,000, and over 20,000. Circulation is based on PRINT circulation. In some instances, consumer categories will be combined.
HOW TO ENTER
  1. On the contest site: https://florida.awardsplatform.com/ register by entering your first and last names, email address and a password that you create.
  2. If you are already registered, log-in using your email and password.
  3. On the left menu bar click “Entries” then “Manage entries”
  4. At the top of the page click the button “Start Entry”
  5. Under “Contest” select “Florida Magazine Association Charlie Awards”
  6. Under “Category” select your category. Category rules will appear on the page when the category is selected.
  7. Under “Entry name” type in a title for your entry
  8. Under “Publication name” type in the publication for which you are submitting the entry
  9. Click “Save + next”
  10. This will take you to the next tab “Staff credits” where you can enter contributors by clicking the “Add contributor” button. You can click it multiple times to add multiple people.
  11. Click “Save + next”
  12. This will take you to the “Attachments” tab where you can upload attachments and/or submit a URL
  13. When you are done with the entry click “Save + close” at the bottom
  14. When you are done submitting all of your entries and are ready to submit payment, go into each entry and click the "Submit Entry" button to add it to your cart.
  15. IMPORTANT!
    Please do not click the "Submit Entry" button until you are finished editing all of your entries and are ready to checkout and pay. The payment cart clears itself out after 24 hours so if you submit your entry and do not complete the checkout process within the same 24 hours you will have to go back into each entry and hit the "Submit Entry" button again.

Additional Information
Accepted formats are PDF, JPG, GIF or PNG. Remember that judges will view your entries online so strive to make the file size small enough to make downloading easier.

MAILING ENTRIES: If you need to mail in hard copies for judging, abide by the following rules:

  • Upload the front cover of the entry to the online system.
  • From the My Entries section of your account, the last column is called PDF. Click on the image of the PDF next to the entry(s) you wish to mail in, and print. Use one staple to attach this page to the upper left corner of each entry.
  • If the same entry is entered in more than one category, submit separate copies of that material (and entry form) for each category.
  • Seal each entry in a separate envelope and staple the online printed entry form to the front of each envelope. Entries requiring multiple issues or articles must be packaged in the same envelope (i.e. Best Overall Magazine). Enclose sample for each entry. If you send the entire edition of the magazine please tab the entry. Do not mount entries for any category.
  • All paper entries from a single entrant must be mailed at one time in one box or container.

Ship to: FMA Charlie Awards, 610 Crescent Executive Ct, Ste 112, Lake Mary, FL 32746. It must be postmarked by April 17, 2017.

CATEGORIES

PRINTING EXCELLENCE


Best Overall Printing
Entries for this category must be submitted by member printers, and member printers will receive the award for any magazine entries. Judging is based on production quality, specifically photographic and color reproduction, paper selection, binding and printing. A magazine’s editorial offices must be located in Florida, but printing can be done elsewhere. Only the printer who has submitted the entry will have access to the information on the material submitted. Submit one copy each of three DIFFERENT issues produced between May 2016 and April 2017.


WRITING EXCELLENCE


Note: Layouts may be included

Best Writing: Department
Submit a single department from three separate issues. Department features can be produced by more than one writer.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
Consumer, Less than 20k Circ
Consumer, 20k+ Circ


Best Writing: Feature
Submit one article per entry.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
Consumer, Less than 20k Circ
Consumer, 20k+ Circ


Best Writing: Public Service Coverage
Entries in this category can be entire publications, articles or editorials that render outstanding public service through coverage of social issues impacting readers.


Best Writing: Humor
Submit one humorous column or feature per entry.


Best Writing: Service Feature
Submit one feature or column per entry that offers practical advice or “how-to” information.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
All Consumer


Best Writing: In-Depth Reporting
Submit one or more articles on a single topic. The article or series must show a compilation of new information, advancement of knowledge, thoroughness and reliability.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
All Consumer


Best Writing: Editorial/Commentary/Opinion
Submit a single editorial or a related series of no more than three editorials. Entries can include clips demonstrating reaction of readers.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
All Consumer


Best Writing: Column
Submit a regularly appearing column by the same writer from three separate issues. No syndicated columns.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
All Consumer


Best Writing: Feature Headlines
Submit three different feature headlines with accompanying decks. Pieces will be judged as a single entry.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
All Consumer


DESIGN EXCELLENCE


Best Traditional Illustration
Submit one per entry.


Best Photo Illustration
This category recognizes the growing reliance on computer manipulation and digital composite photos. Submit one per entry.


Best Photography: Photo Essay/Series
Entries should tell a story with more than one photograph and use minimal copy.


Best Photography: Cover
Original photograph used as part of a cover story. Submit one per entry.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
All Consumer


Best Photography: Single Feature Image
Original photograph used as part of a feature story. Submit one per entry.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
All Consumer


Best Photography: Single Department Image
Original photograph used as part of a department or section. Submit one per entry.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
All Consumer


Best Design: Typography
The use of typographic elements to enhance a layout or design. Submit one per entry.


Best Design: Use of Photography
Use of photographic elements including selection, cropping, and incorporation with design and story. Submit three different issues.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
All Consumer


Best Design: Department
Submit two examples of the same department per entry.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
Consumer, Less than 20k Circ
Consumer, 20k+ Circ


Best Design: Feature
Submit one feature treatment of more than two pages.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
Consumer, Less than 20k Circ
Consumer, 20k+ Circ


Best Design: Cover
Submit one per entry.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
Consumer, Less than 20k Circ
Consumer, 20k+ Circ


DIGITAL EXCELLENCE


Best Digital: Social Media
Submit up to 5 links to social media activity.


Best Digital: Online Video
Submit link to one editorial video produced by your publishing company between April 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017. Video should not exceed 5 minutes.


Best Digital: Magazine Website
Submit up to 5 links to different areas of your magazine’s website.


GENERAL EXCELLENCE


Best Advertisement: Self-Promotional
Any advertisement created by the company’s in-house team to promote the publisher’s own magazine, company or event. Submit one print ad per entry.


Best Advertisement:  For a Client
Submit one print ad per entry.


Best Advertorial: Story or Section
Any special advertisement section created by the company’s in-house team for outside clients (or client) that reads like an editorial section. Can be a single-page or multiple- page section. Judging based on design and editorial.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
All Consumer 


Best Custom Publication
Eligibility limited to an annual or biannual magazine produced by but not containing the title of the magazine producing it, either in the logo or tagline. Creating a custom publication that is produced for a specific customer base. Submit one issue per entry.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
All Consumer 


Best Visitor Publication
Any annual or periodic magazine produced with the primary mission of promoting tourism in Florida and enhancing the visitor experience. Publications not eligible to enter in this category include city/regional.


Best Special Theme or Show Issue
A single issue or special supplement devoted to a dominant theme, identified on the front cover and contents page. Example: Coastal Castles–A Water’s Edge Special Publication.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
All Consumer 


Best Redesign
Magazine with a reworking of its design and/or content. Submit one issue each featuring old and new design.


Best New Magazine
Limited to magazines first published between May 2016 and April 2017. The magazine can never have been previously published under its current title or company name. Submit three different issues (submitting fewer than three issues is acceptable only for those publications launched too late to comply, but which will produce at least three issues during a 12-month period). Include a one-page summary of mission statement and editorial concept.


BEST OVERALL AWARDS


Best Overall: Online Presence
Eligibility is limited online-only magazines and websites that serve as editorial complements to member magazines. Call FMA if you have questions about a website’s eligibility. 1) Submit your current homepage address and 2) no more than 10 links to important or notable areas of the website. The category honors the outstanding use of reporting, writing, photography and design in digital media, and the imaginative use of interactivity and multimedia in the fulfillment of the editorial mission of the publication. Websites entered in this category must convey a distinct editorial identity and create a unique magazine environment on the Web. Publications may also include, as part of their entry, links to mobile websites, services and applications and examples of social media that further the mission of the magazine.


Best Overall: Design
Submit three different issues.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association
Trade/Technical
Consumer, Less than 20k Circ
Consumer, 20k+ Circ


Best Overall: Writing
Submit three different issues.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
Consumer, Less than 20k Circ
Consumer, 20k+ Circ


Best Overall: Magazine
Submit three different issues.
Entries will be judged in the following divisions:
Association/Trade/Technical
Consumer, Less than 20k Circ
Consumer, 20k+ Circ

 

PAYING FOR YOUR ENTRIES

Credit card and check payments accepted.

Submission Fees:

Early Entry - Entries submitted on or before 11:59 pm March 26, 2017 April 2, 2017 Extended!

$50 / entry

$55 / Best Overall categories entry

Regular Entry - Entries submitted between March 27 April 3 and April 17, 2017

$60 per entry

$65 per entry - Best Overall categories entry

Payment Instructions:

  1. Log in to your florida.awardsplatform.com account
  2. Go to "My Entries" page
  3. Open each entry and click "Submit Entry"
  4. This will take you to the payment cart
  5. Click "Add more entries to cart" which will take you back to your "My Entries" page
  6. Repeat Steps 3-5 until you have submitted all of your entries
  7. Verify that the number of entries in your cart match the number of entries you are submitting
  8. Fill out required billing information
  9. Select to either pay by credit card or select the invoice option to pay by check
  10. Click the "Proceed to Payment" button to complete payment

If paying by check please include a copy of your invoice with your payment. Make checks payable to Florida Magazine Association.

Send checks to:
FMA Charlie Awards c/o Devon Dunkle
610 Crescent Executive Ct., Suite 112
Lake Mary, FL 32746-2111

JUDGING

Judges for this year’s competition include leading writers, editors, designers and educators—all  from outside the state of Florida. Individual awards are the decision of the independent judges and are based solely on the judges’ evaluations of entries. Judges will critique this year’s winning entries, and their comments will be made available following the FMA conference awards gala.

AWARDS

Award winners will be announced at a banquet on Friday night during the 2017 Florida Media Conference being held Aug. 10-11 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples.

FAQ

What file formats are accepted for uploading?
File types are PDF, JPG, GIF, and PNG.

How do I see the entries I’ve created? How do I make changes?
When logged into the website, the black bar on the left-hand side of the screen will have a section called “My entries”. There, you can see all entries you’ve created, as well as their status (“In progress” or “Submitted”). You can edit an entry at any time, even after submission (until the contest period closes), by clicking the name of the entry.

How can I make my PDF files smaller?
Most newspaper PDFs include high-resolution images for printing. However, PDF contest entries will be viewed and judged on a computer monitor, which displays at low resolution (72-96 dpi) in RGB color. Changes in the resolution and color mode of images are the most effective way to reduce file size without sacrificing quality.

What if I cannot make the files small enough?
The system allows files up to 20 megabytes (mb) only. If you cannot make your files small enough to load to the website, then you may host larger files from your corporate server or use the free service online at www.issuu.com.

Why do I have to verify my paper’s division to enter the contest?
A verification of your division is needed in order to send your entries to the judging round.

Where can I get more help for anything I can’t find here?
Email ddunkle@flpress.com or call (321) 283-5272

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