Apply to Judge

How to Volunteer as a Judge

EXCEL judges play a critical 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. It’s also an excellent way to learn what your industry colleagues are working on, review really great content, and get new ideas for your brands.

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. 

Judging can take place online (for all digital award entries) and in-person (for all physical print entries). In either case, you will play a valuable role in maintaining the integrity and authenticity of the EXCEL Awards. You are able to participate in both virtual and in-person judging.

Please review what to expect as an EXCEL Award Judge prior to signing up.

The competition is open to nonprofit and for-profit and associations and industry service partners submitting on behalf of association clients, regardless of whether they are members of Association Media & Publishing to enter. Entries are scored on various criteria depending on the category on a 0-10 point scale. Some award categories are based on gross circulation classifications to ensure resource parity. Winners are ranked Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Judging of the EXCEL Awards is organized in two formats.


Judge Sign-up [For virtual & in-person] 

November 18, 2019 – March 6, 2020


Virtual Judging [digital entries]

March 25, 2020 – April 17, 2020
Judges will review entries remotely from their homes or offices.


In-Person Judging [print entries]

April 22, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

National Restaurant Association
(breakfast and lunch will be provided.)