EXCEL Awards

The EXCEL Awards recognize excellence and leadership in nonprofit association media, publishing, marketing and communications. The competition is open to nonprofit organizations and for-profit industry service partners submitting on behalf of association clients, regardless of whether they are members of Association Media & Publishing to enter.

Winners are announced in June, featured in the August/September issue of Signature magazine, and honored during our Annual EXCEL Awards Gala, a dinner and celebration that kicks off the Association Media & Publishing Annual Meeting.

2018 Categories  |  2018 Winners

Winners' Promotional Graphics: Gold | Silver | Bronze 
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Eligibility and Rules

  • The Association Media & Publishing EXCEL Awards competition is open to all 501(c) nonprofit organizations and their service partners, regardless of membership status in AM&P.
  • Entries, paper or digital, must have been published between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018.
  • Entries may be submitted on behalf of a 501(c) nonprofit organization by a for-profit industry service partner. The submitting service partner will be recognized, but only the nonprofit will be designated the winner.
  • An entry may be entered in more than one category. However, it must be submitted as a separate entry for each category and separate entry fees must be paid for each submission.
  • Multiple entries from an organization may be submitted in the same category and separate entry fees must be paid for each submission.
  • To be eligible for the AM&P member rate, your organization’s dues must have been paid in full at the time of entry. Apply for membership.
  • Payment for your entries can be made by credit card.
  • Some of the entry materials required can be uploaded, but for other categories you’ll need to ship materials to us. Please make sure that required materials are sent by the entry deadline and that each item has its unique identification barcode attached.
  • All eligible entries must include a high-resolution PDF or jpeg image of the entry (e.g. magazine /journal cover, article opening spread, annual report, newsletter, marketing campaign, screenshot, etc.) These images will be used to represent the winners at the EXCEL Awards Gala presentation as well as in  Signature magazine’s EXCEL Awards Special Edition.
  • AM&P staff and EXCEL judges reserve the right to change categories of entries, if needed to adhere to submission criteria.

How to Enter

Each category has its own customized entry form. To ensure a level playing field, most awards have four tiers based on circulation.

Every entry must be submitted and paid for online. Many categories also require materials to be mailed to AM&P.

To enter:

  • Create or log in to your account
  • Select the category for the entry you are submitting.
  • Fill in the requested details about your entry.
  • Upload the requested materials.
  • After you have submitted your first entry, you will be able to submit additional entries in any of the categories.
  • Pay the fee.

If you mail materials to AM&P:

Some categories require printed materials to be mailed to us. After you’ve completed the online portion of your entry, print a copy of the shipping bar code for each item you will be sending us by mail. Each item will have a unique bar code. For example, if a category requires two copies of three consecutive issues of a magazine, you will get 3 bar codes, one for each item. Attach one ticket to each item and then attach the two sets together with an elastic band.

Mail the entries to:

Attn: AM&P Excel Awards
1090 Vermont Ave, NW, Sixth Floor
Washington, DC 20005

Entries submitted incorrectly may not be accepted for the competition. Please read the instructions carefully for each category to avoid errors.


Note: All entry fees are non-refundable.

Early Bird – October 1 to December 31, 2018

Member: $125
Nonmember: $325

Regular Deadline: January 1 to February 18, 2019

Member: $160
Nonmember: $350

Extended Deadline: February 19 to March 1, 2019

Member: $210
Nonmember: $395

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. 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.

Information on applying will be available soon.


Contact Allison Bostrom at awards@associationmediaandpublishing.org.