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The Neal Awards competition is open to editorial staff of Connectiv member companies. If you are not a Connectiv member and would like to participate in the Neal Awards, please contact

The Neal Awards are platform agnostic, unless otherwise noted. They recognize the integration of various print, digital and/or live platforms in B2B journalism. Many categories allow, or even require, examples from more than one format.

IMPORTANT: All entries must include supporting images and/or screenshots for use in presentation materials and awards literature. Images may include press-ready PDFs or high-resolution TIFF, EPS or JPEG (300 DPI or greater). All print articles must be submitted as Web-ready PDFs for judging. Tear sheets are no longer required.

Entry Cost

Early Bird Deadline: November 15, 2019 - $195
Regular Deadline: December 6, 2019 - $225
Extended Deadline: December 31, 2019 -$250

Revenue Class

Categories 1-5, 7, 9, 11-13, 15, 17, 19-20 require entries in one of three classes of gross (print and online) advertising/circulation revenue:

  • Class A - less than $3 million
  • Class B - $3 million - $7 million
  • Class C - more than $7 million

Revenue is based on the media brand's revenue and not the parent company's revenue.

Submissions in Categories 6, 8, 10,14, 16, 18 and 21 require no revenue figures.

Two or more titles from the same publishing company that produce work jointly may enter as a team under the revenue classification of the larger title.


Publication Requirements

All entries (print and digital) must have been published in a Connectiv member publication from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 and distributed to the title's full regular circulation. Limited-distribution show dailies do not qualify. All links must be live and available through standard Web browsers at the time of judging. Entries for registration-restricted websites must include login/password information for the judges. Links that are not working during the judging period will not be judged. If you are a finalist, the links must be active until June 2020. 

In Category 2, a series with installments before or after the above dates may be entered in its entirety only if at least 50% of the series appeared within the competition period.

Material that has been published previously in any other publication or edition is NOT eligible. Only the original published or posted version may be submitted.

All entries must be in English.

Code of Ethics

Advertorials and content supplied or directed by an advertiser are ineligible. Any content that is sponsored or any editorial material that runs with an advertiser's logo must comply with Section II-6 of Connectiv's Editorial Code of Ethics. Any advertorial or sponsored content must be properly and clearly identified as a message paid for by an advertiser. Failure to include such labeling is in violation of the Connectiv Constitution and By-Laws, and such entries will be disqualified. If you feel there is any compelling reason why sponsored editorial should not be labeled as advertising, please make those reasons clear in the background statement on the entry form.

Materials submitted from websites should not hyperlink editorial content to advertising or other sponsored material.

All entries must adhere to the Connectiv Editorial Code of Ethics.

Multiple Entries

Only two entries may be submitted in any category.

Rights and Permissions

All winners will be posted on the Connectiv Neals website. For any winning entry to be posted we first need you to warrant that you own the rights in the content and images we will post on the site and for you to grant Connectiv the authority to post the content and images. Therefore, you must check the rights and permissions agreement box on your entry form. 

2020 Neal Awards Timeline

OCT 7- DEC 31

Early Nominations

October 7 – November 15, 2019

Regular Nominations

November 16 – December 6, 2019

Extended Nomination Period

December 6 – 31, 2019

JAN 13 - FEB 14

First Round Judging

January 13 – 24, 2020

Second Round Judging

February 3 – 7, 2020 (in-person February 7)

Third Round Judging

February 12-14, 2020 (in-person February 13 & 14)

FEB 17 - APR 17

Finalists Announced

February 17, 2020

Neal Awards Virtual Luncheon

March 27, 2020

Deadlines & Notification

Early Bird entries will be accepted through November 15, 2019. Regular entries will be accepted through December 6, 2019, and Connectiv staff will not correct errors or alert you to problems with an entry submitted after this deadline. The final deadline for entries is December 31, 2019.

All entries must be paid online at by 11:59 p.m. PST, December 31, 2019. All payments must be paid online via credit card (American Express, MasterCard or Visa). Checks are not accepted as payment.

All finalists will be notified of their status. Award winners and the winner of the Grand Neal will be announced at the Neal Awards ceremony on Friday, March 27, 2020, in New York City.

Any inquiries about the final results should be addressed to the Editorial Committee, c/o Allison Bostrom, at Decisions of the Committee and the Judging Board are final in all matters pertaining to the Neal Awards. 

No refunds will be issued for any reason.

Staff Acknowledgement

List the names and titles of the editors responsible for the material submitted. Please note that the list of names cannot be changed after the submission of the entry. If appropriate, you may acknowledge the full staff by indicating "Editorial Staff."

No more than eight individuals may be listed. Production staff and designers (art directors, photographers, videographers, web producers etc.) may be included; publishers who do not carry editorial titles are ineligible. A single entry may not acknowledge both “Editorial Staff” and named individuals.