FAQQ. What are the key 2016 dates to remember?
Entry Eligibility Dates: November 1, 2015- October 31, 2016
Early Entry Fee Discount Deadline: October 28, 2016 at 8:00PM PM EST
Standard Entry Fee Deadline: December 2, 2016 at 8:00 PM EST
Finalists Notified by: Mid- December, 2016
List of Finalists Published: Mid- December, 2016
Awards Dinner & Ceremony: Thursday, January 26, 2017 (at the Yale Club in New York City, Grand Ballroom)
Q. What are the eligibility requirements?
To qualify for the awards submission, all work must have been presented to the public in a verifiable location or medium during the eligibility period, we do not accept "spec" work.
Q. What are the eligibility dates?
Media campaigns must have been launched during the qualifying period November 1, 2015 through October 31, 2016
Q. What is the deadline?
The Early Discount Deadline is October 28, 2016.
All entries must be received by 8:00PM EST on December 2, 2016.
Q. What are the Entry Fees:
Early Discount entry fee is $295 per entry. This offer expires on October 28, 2016 at 8:00PM EST.
Regular entry fee is $350 per entry.
When submitting the same entry into multiple categories, the above fee will be multiplied by the number of categories selected. Entries will not be judged if they are not accompanied by full payment or if they are incomplete in any way.
Q. What are the Payment Options:
All entry fees are due at the end of the submission process via our online entry system. The only accepted methods of payment are Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card. We can not issue invoices or accept purchase orders, checks, and bank transfers.
Q. How do I enter?
Entrants can submit ads, promotions, campaigns and websites for as many categories as they like, and/or submit multiple entries for each category. Submissions should reflect work that was predominantly done by the submitting agency or other company, and the role of any collaborating creative and media agencies, the client, and any other entities should be referenced in the separate "Affiliated Agencies" field provided on the entry form.
Each entry also requires a "Brief" which must contain the objectives of the individual ads, campaigns and websites as well as any anecdotes, supporting facts or figures that illustrate its creativity and accomplishment. Briefs should be fewer than 300 words in length.
All other supporting materials must be submitted electronically:
Provide a single URL link per entry. This should link to a page containing all creative materials, easily viewable by our Judges. Clear and concise presentation of all relevant creative assets at a single web URL will be important to proper consideration and the jury convenience. The entry URL must remain accessible until the day of the award ceremony.
Q. What required fields are on the online Entry Form?
The online entry form consists of 4 pages:
(1) Entrant's contact info
(2) Entry details:
Category (-ies) (each entry can be submitted into either one or multiple categories)
Agency (that will receive the award if won)
URL containing the creative materials for the judges
Individual Credits (ECDs, Developers, Designers, etc.)
Any 3rd party Affiliated Agencies that were involved in the work
(3) Media files upload (up to 3 files, up to 50MB each)
NOTE: Each time you revisit an entry to make any edits, the previously uploaded versions of your media files will be deleted. If you edit and entry, you MUST upload your files again on this 3rd page of the entry form.
(4) Review submitted entries and Checkout
Q. What are the Judging Criteria?
By the time a CMA entry has reached the winner’s circle, it has survived two rounds of judging. The combined experience of the judges enables the Creative Media Awards to honor the industry’s most effective work.
Round One judging consists of an internal editorial team reviewing and judging the briefs and creative materials. Our editors handpick three finalists per category and then send the results to the jury for the Final Round.
The Final Round of judging is comprised of a panel of industry experts and our editors who review the briefs and creative materials of all the finalists. Together they will decide which brief in each category was the most effective in conveying the "IDEA" and how the idea drove the campaign.
Q. Will we be informed if we are finalists?
All finalists will notified by the second week of December, 2016.
Q. What is your Publishing Policy?
Creative materials and briefs become property of MediaPost Communications. MediaPost is granted the right to publish the winning briefs and creative materials on the Creative Media Awards Web site and within MediaPost’s online and print publications.
Q. When and where will the awards show be held?
Winners will be announced January 26, 2017, during MediaPost's Creative Media Awards Reception and Dinner in New York City.
Q. What is the refund/cancellation policy for Creative Media Awards Reception tickets?
Substitutions will gladly be accepted at any time. Cancellations received by January 4, 2017 will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued after January 4, 2017. All substitutions and cancellations must be submitted to Laura Daly
Q. I am Purchasing a Table for the Creative Media Awards Ceremony. Do I Need to Send a Guest List?
For those who will purchase a table of 8 for the ceremony, it is importation to send us your guest list (name and company affiliation) no later than January 24, 2017 as name badges are required for admittance. Last minute changes will be accommodated.