About Neal Awards Judging

The Neal Awards competition is open to editorial staff of Connectiv member companies.

Awards are given to editors, not to publications. Entries are scored on three criteria: editorial craftsmanship, journalistic enterprise and significance to the field served. Most award categories are based on gross revenue classifications (combined print and online) to ensure resource parity.

Judging of the Neal Awards is organized in three tiers.

Round 1: January 13 – 24, 2020 The Stage I Judging is composed of more than 150 experienced industry editors. The highest-scoring entries are passed to the Stage II Judges.
Round 2: February 3 – 7, 2020
(in-person Feb 7)
The Stage II Judging Panel submits the top four entries per category for final judging.
Round 3: February 12 – 14, 2020
(in-person Feb 13 & 14)
The Board of Judges, 15 to 18 professionals who are knowledgeable in all aspects of business journalism, makes the final decisions.

The award winner in each category/classification is chosen from four finalists, all of whom will be recognized for their finalist status. The Grand Neal Award, the pinnacle of B2B editorial achievement, honors the most outstanding entry from among the Neal winners in all categories.

Interested in Judging the Neal Awards?

First-round screening is an important part of the Neal Award judging, as this is the critical initial review process, it relies on a panel of your peers to serve as judges. It’s also an excellent way to learn what your industry colleagues are working on, and review really great content and ideas for your brands.

We are looking for senior-level editors, as well as art and design professionals to volunteer with Stage 1 judging. You are able to submit entries, as well as judge.

Treat yourself to lunch on us if you complete your Stage 1 judging assignments with a $15 GrubHub gift card!

Please review what to expect as a Neal Award Judge prior to signing up.