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How to Volunteer as a Judge

Do you recognize exceptional editorial, outstanding design, dynamic websites or eye-catching advertisements? If so, help us choose the best and brightest in association media, and publishing.

EXCEL judges play a critical role in the success of the Awards. The peer-review judging process ensures the high quality and caliber of the work selected to win an award. Judging can take place online (for all digital award entries) and onsite (for all physical print entries). In either case, you will play a valuable role in maintaining the integrity and authenticity of the EXCEL Awards.

Categories include digital media, magazines, newsletters, newspapers, journals, books and promotional content.

If you have any questions on judging, please reach out to

Digital Judging (online)

March 25 to April 12, 2019
Judges will review entries remotely from their homes or offices.

Print Judging (in-person)

Thursday, April 11, 2019 
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

National Restaurant Association 
2055 L St. NW #700
Washington, DC 20036

Judges will collaborate with their colleagues on print entries at the National Restaurant Association office in Washington, DC. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Space is limited. We are looking to coordinate an after-judge happy hour at National Restaurant Association, please indicate on your form if you would be interested in staying to attend. Print/Onsite judges will need to bring a laptop or tablet with at least a 7" screen.