EXCEL Awards

The EXCEL Awards recognize excellence
and leadership in association media,
publishing, marketing and communications.

Early Nominations End January 17

Regular Nominations End February 14

Sign up to Judge by March 6

Finalist Announcement May 8

2020 EXCEL Awards Gala June 24

The EXCEL Awards represent the best of association publishing. Yes, we are thrilled when our work is recognized as it reaffirms our commitment to excellence. However, there’s another element to the EXCEL Awards. We are honored to have our work judged by our peers in this great profession. It is a source of pride to be viewed with the other outstanding entries from within a community where there is so much great work being done on behalf of our respective members. This industry strives for excellence and we are proud to be a part of it."

Rich Luna

Rich Luna

The Meeting Professional

GOLD: MAGAZINES: Feature Article Design (10,001 - 20,000)Human Trafficking, Meeting Professionals International

2019 GOLD
MAGAZINES: Feature Article Design (10,001 - 20,000)
Human Trafficking, Meeting Professionals International

MAGAZINES: General Excellence (20,001 - 50,000)
Planning, American Planning Association

Our Silver Award for General Excellence helps assure our members that their magazine is among the best around. It’s also useful currency internally, as the magazine staff seeks support for exciting, digital-forward endeavors."

Meghan Stromberg

Meghan Stromberg



New Marketing Opportunities: Sharing your EXCEL Award recognition, at tradeshows, in member meetings and on social media increases brand awareness, and provides a unique opportunity to promote your business.

Increased Credibility: Being a finalist or winning an award gives a seal of approval to your work, and is a sign of quality for potential members. 

Employee Recognition & Motivation: Awards recognize the hard work and achievements, and when employees are proud of their company's achievements, they have an excuse to tell prospects, members, and/or clients why your association is the best in the business. 

Attract New Employees: Top prospective employees are drawn to award-winning businesses. They are looking at awards and company rankings to determine who will prosper in the future. 

Land New Members: When prospective members or clients see you've won an award, it can sway them to choose you over your competition because you're seen as a stable and high-quality organization.

2020 Timeline

Early Bird:
November 18, 2019 – January 17, 2020
Member: $125 
Nonmember: $325

Regular Deadline:
January 18 – February 14, 2020
Member: $160
Nonmember: $350


2020 Categories

Every year a team of experts meets to review the existing EXCEL Award categories and make recommendations for categories to add or eliminate.


Become a Judge

We are looking for professionals who can recognize exceptional editorial, outstanding design, dynamic websites, or eye-catching and effective marketing to volunteer for virtual and in-person judging. You are able to submit entries, as well as judge.


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