About Neal Awards Judging

The Neal Awards competition is open to editorial staff of B2B media 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: March 17 – April 2, 2021 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: April 12 – 16, 2021

The Stage II Judging Panel submits the top four entries per category for final judging.
Round 3: April 26-30, 2021
(Live Virtually on 29 & 30)
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.

In previous years, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Neal Awards judges met in-person to review entries. For 2021, that collaborative deliberation process will be managed virtually.


Interested in Judging the Neal Awards?

Judging for the Neals is closed this year, but it’s not too soon to start thinking of next year! We will be looking for senior-level editors, as well as art and design professionals to volunteer with Stage 1 judging. Good news! Judges can submit entries, as well as judge.

For your service, you will get acknowledgement and appreciation from your peers, but also, lunch is on us! Interested in learning more? Please review what to expect as a Neal Award Judge or send us an email.


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 review exemplary content by your industry colleagues and gain 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 $20 Uber Eats gift card!

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


For Judges

Yes! We encourage entrants and their colleagues to sign up as judges. Entries are carefully sorted to avoid any conflicts of interest.

Please select the categories you are interested in judging within the judge sign-up form we will try our best to accommodate.

Yes! We encourage as many qualified candidates from a company to participate in Neal Award judging. Sign up to judge here.

Judge and entry matching are determined based on how many entries are received and how many judges sign up. In previous years, judges received up to 20 entries, depending on the categories they were assigned. You can expect to dedicate around 10 hours, but we give you two weeks to complete your judging, so it can split up based on your schedule. These numbers are subject to changed based on entries submitted and confirmed judges.

No, you must complete a new registration for each awards cycle and judging. If you use the same email address, the system should remember your info and make it easier to fill out the form.

You can reset your login online, or reach out to nealawards@siia.net and we’d be happy to reset it for you.

Currently, Stage 2 and Stage 3 are by invitation-only. But if you are interested in participating we encourage you to reach out to nealawards@siia.net  and state your background and why you think you’d make a good judge.

We kindly ask if you signed up to be a Neal Awards judge and can no longer fulfill your commitment to please email nealawards@siia.net ASAP to inform us so we can move your assigned entries to another judge.

For 2021, we have decided to have the judging virtually. For Stage 3 judging “in-person” portion, we will have two virtual judge days via Zoom on April 29, 2021 and April 30, 2021.