Please Read Carefully

The EXCEL Awards recognize the integration of various print, digital and/or live platforms in association media, publishing, marketing and communications. Many categories allow, or even require, supporting documentation.  Please read the instructions carefully for each category to avoid errors.

Uploading supporting documentation: Where possible, entry assets should be in the form of active URLs for ease of judging.  Low-resolution web-ready PDFs can also be accepted, and where applicable, should be in spread form.  

All entries must be accompanied with a single representative image: For use in winning presentation materials and awards literature, the If You Win tab of the entry form requests a SINGLE supporting image or screenshot. This is the artwork that will represent finalist entries in the awards ceremony and in the online winner gallery.  Both high- and low-resolution web-ready PDF images are required.  Entries submitted incorrectly may not be accepted for the competition.

No mail-in entries will be accepted.

Entry Cost

Early Bird November 15–December 17, 2021

Member: $160

Nonmember: $325

Regular Deadline: December 18, 2021– –February 18, 2022

Member: $210
Nonmember: $350

Extended Deadline: February 19–March 4, 2022

Member: $260
Nonmember: $395

Circulation Size

Some categories require entries in one of four classes of circulation size:

10,000 or fewer

10,001 to 20,000

20,001 to 50,000

50,001 or more


Publication Requirements

All entries (print and digital) must have been published from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. All links must be live and available through standard Web browsers through June 22, 2022. Entries for registration-restricted (gated content) websites must include login/password information for the judges. Links that are not working during the judging period will not be judged. All entries must be in English.

Multiple Entries

There is no limit on how many entries can be submitted in any category, except only one pro-bono entry per organization.

Rights and Permissions

All winners will be posted on the AM&P EXCEL Awards 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 AM&P the authority to post the content and images. Therefore, you must check the rights and permissions agreement box on your entry form.

Deadlines & Notification

Early Bird entries will be accepted through December 17, 2021. Regular entries will be accepted through February 18, 2022, and the EXCELs team is unable to correct errors or alert entrants to problems with an entry submitted after this deadline. The final deadline for entries is March 4, 2022.

All entries must be paid online at by 11:59 p.m. PST, March 4, 2022.  All payments must be paid online via credit card (American Express, MasterCard or Visa). Checks are not accepted as payment.

All winners will be notified of their status. Award winner rankings (Gold, Silver, Bronze) and the winner of the EXTRA! Award will be announced at the EXCEL Awards Ceremony in June.

Any inquiries about the final results should be addressed to Decisions of the judges are final in all matters pertaining to the EXCEL Awards. No refunds will be issued for any reason.