33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Official Entry Form and Procedures

Submissions for the 34th annual GLAAD Media Awards are now open.

33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards
Official Entry Form and Procedures


Entry Procedures

Submission Deadline:  Materials must be received by Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6:00pm PT. The online entry form is now CLOSED. GLAAD will grant extensions on a case-by-case basis. To request an extension, please contact submissions@glaad.org

Why is the submission deadline before the end of the eligibility period?: GLAAD will consider media projects appearing between January and December 31, 2021. However, we require that all media projects appearing before December 7 be submitted by the December 7 deadline.

For projects appearing between the deadline and December 31, please contact GLAAD at submissions@glaad.org to make special arrangements for submission. For projects that appear after the deadline, we will not accept any submissions after December 31. 

How to submit: Preferred submission is online, when possible. If you are unable to submit online, please contact submissions@glaad.org to make special arrangements for submission. 

Submission Fee: Each submission requires a separate entry form and a $150 processing fee payable to GLAAD.

(GLAAD understands that some outlets may need to request a reduced fee or a hardship waiver. Please make those requests to submissions@glaad.org. Requests will be handled on an individual basis. Submissions received without a fee that do not have prior approval for a waiver or reduced fee will not be accepted.)

Must a media project be submitted in order to be nominated?

Mainstream media – GLAAD monitors mainstream media on a year-round basis as part of our work to fight defamation and promote fair, accurate, and inclusive LGBTQ images in the media. This monitoring provides a pool of potential nominees for review. GLAAD may choose to nominate LGBTQ images/projects from these media outlets – even if the image/project is not submitted.

Media outlets created by and for an LGBTQ Audience – GLAAD does not regularly monitor media created by and for the LGBTQ community for defamation – therefore we do not generate a pool of potential nominees. Furthermore, the limited availability and distribution of this media means GLAAD is not physically able to monitor it. Therefore, all media outlets created by and for the LGBTQ community must submit their programming and journalism in order for it to be eligible for nomination.

Criteria for Eligibility

Eligibility Period: Projects submitted for the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards must have been published, released, or broadcast in the United States of America between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021.

Criteria: GLAAD will only consider entries with issues or storylines relating directly to the lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community, or that contain characters who are clearly identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Criteria for evaluating entries are:

  1. Fair, accurate and inclusive LGBTQ representations
  2. Boldness and originality of the content
  3. Impact of the media project
  4. Overall quality of the project

GLAAD reserves the right to accept or not accept submissions based on the appropriateness of the material.

Categories: Please visit glaad.org/mediaawards/33/categories for a detailed description and eligibility parameters for each category. Please note: GLAAD will make the final determination regarding eligibility and the appropriate category for each entry.

Awards may be given in the following English-language categories:

  • Outstanding Film - Wide Release
  • Outstanding Film - Limited Release
  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Documentary
  • Outstanding TV Movie
  • Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series
  • Outstanding Reality Program
  • Outstanding Children’s Programming
  • Outstanding Kids & Family Programming
  • Outstanding Music Artist
  • Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist
  • Outstanding Broadway Production 
  • Outstanding Video Game
  • Outstanding Comic Book
  • Outstanding Variety or Talk Show Episode
  • Outstanding TV Journalism Segment
  • Outstanding TV Journalism - Long-Form
  • Outstanding Print Article
  • Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage
  • Outstanding Online Journalism Article
  • Outstanding Online Journalism – Video or Multimedia
  • Outstanding Blog
  • Special Recognition

Awards may be given in the following Spanish-language categories:

  • Outstanding Scripted Television Series
  • Outstanding TV Journalism
  • Outstanding Online Journalism Article
  • Outstanding Online Journalism - Video or Multimedia
  • Special Recognition

Entry Instructions

All Entries Must Include:

  • Completed Entry Form
  • $150 processing fee per entry

Film, Documentary and Television categories:

  • Screener link which can be accessed by multiple viewers (no burn-ins, watermarks or visible time code). For eligibility parameters, please visit glaad.org/mediaawards/33/categories.
  • For film submissions for Wide Release and Limited Release, please include:
    • The film's U.S. theatrical release, including number of theaters/screens and budget.
    • If, due to COVID, it did not get a theatrical release and went directly to streaming, please provide information about the plan to release it theatrically. This information will help inform category placement. Please note that direct to VOD films are not eligible. 
  • For TV series submissions, please include:
    • Synopsis of LGBTQ storylines with corresponding episode titles. 
    • List of LGBTQ characters and the actors who play them.
    • Description of how the series accelerates LGBTQ acceptance and creates impact.
    • Only submit episodes which aired in 2021. 
    • Specifications for digital file submissions:
      • Size : 1920x1080
      • Codec : H.264
      • Bit rate : 6-8 MB
      • Audi o: AAC
      • File Size Limit : 2gb per file (20gb per transfer)
      • File Format : MP4 format is preferred
      • Note : no burn-ins, watermarks or visible time code

TV Journalism, Variety and Talk Show category:

  • Synopsis of news story or talk show interview.
  • Description of how the content accelerates LGBTQ acceptance and creates impact.
  • Link to where the news story, variety or talk show interview may be viewed or submit a digital file using the criteria above. 

Print Journalism categories:

  • 1 full-size photocopy of the original article(s).

Digital Journalism categories:

  • Current URL link to story or video (include in synopsis). 
  • Complete text of the article (digital file). 

Music Artist categories:

  • Links to music and lyrics.  

Video Game category:

  • At least one digital copy of the game (preferably one copy per platform on which the game is available.)
  • If the game requires a paid online subscription, at least one month of subscription time.
  • A video highlight reel showcasing the game's internal LGBTQ-inclusive content.
  • Copies of any canonical external media through which the game's LGBTQ-inclusive content is revealed (if applicable).

Comic Book category:

  • A digital copy of each comic book submitted. 

33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards
Official Entry Form [CLOSED]

For projects appearing between the deadline and December 31, please contact GLAAD at submissions@glaad.org to make special arrangements for submission.

If you have any other questions, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions page at glaad.org/mediaawards/33/faq, and if you still have questions, please e-mail submissions@glaad.org. Thank you for your interest in the GLAAD Media Awards.