Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to enter the EPPYTM Awards?
The EPPYTM Awards are open to all media and media-affiliated websites. Only colleges and universities are eligible to enter the Best College/University Website categories.

What is the deadline to enter the 2019 EPPYTM Awards?
Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 at midnight PDT.

How are the EPPYTM Awards judged?
More than 70 industry experts and media specialists from the business and academic sectors judge the EPPYTM entries. Categories are judged on criteria such as design, ease of use, comprehensiveness, and timeliness, with special attention to each entrant's value added through the unique attributes of interactivity.

Each EPPYTM entry is judged on its own merits within a particular category.  Finalists must receive a score in the top one third of the average score across all categories within their division (1 million and over unique monthly visitors; under 1 million unique monthly visitors).  As a result, there may be no winners in categories not reaching this threshold.

How does one become an EPPYTM judge? 

If you are interested in becoming a 2019 EPPYTM judge, or would like to recommend a colleague, please contact us at:

What is the difference between the "Best News or Event Feature" category and a"Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature" entry?

The Best News or Event Feature focuses on News or an Event (for example, the war in Afghanistan, the Arab Spring, or the Presidential Election) whereas, the Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature refers to reporting that is not generated by hard news, but by a reporter or news organization that discovers the forces that shape such events - uncovering information that may not be apparent to the public, which may lead to revelations that bring to bear consequences to their everyday lives.

How many companies enter the EPPYTM Awards?
In a typical year, there are more than 400 entries representing more than 200 websites. Many major media websites submit several EPPYTM entries in various categories.

When are finalists announced?
Finalists for the 2019 EPPYTM Awards will be announced on Wed., Oct.16, 2019.

When are the winners announced?
Winners of the 2019 EPPYTM Awards contest will be announced on, Wed., Oct. 23, 2019 at 1:30 PM EST.

Who sponsors the EPPYTM Awards?
The awards are sponsored by Editor & Publisher Magazine, the authoritative journal for newspaper professionals. E&P has been the newspaper industry's trusted news source for over 133 years - combining comprehensive insight and global perspective.

Who should I contact for further information about the EPPYTM Awards?
For more information, please contact Martha McIntosh at or (949) 660-6150, ext. 216.


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