Games Media Awards: Your guide on how to enter

Games Media Awards: Your guide on how to enter

There are ten different prizes up for grabs at this year’s Games Media Awards, and here’s how you can put yourself forward for consideration.

Below, we’ve written a breakdown for each award – who is eligible, how to enter, the criteria and the judging process.

READ CAREFULLY – we’ve updated much of how the GMAs work this year, to deliver a wider variety of topics to enter, different formats and a new judging process.

Throughout we’re also asking for samples of links to work, because our improved judging process will require panels to read/watch and digest the efforts of the UK games press before debating who should win.

If all this doesn’t answer your Qs, we’ve also got a short FAQ at the end – scroll down to see.

 

THE CATEGORIES

News Writer 

Feature Writer

Games Critic 

Video

Radio or Podcast

Rising Star

Editorial Team of The Year - Online

Editorial Team of The Year - Print

SPECIAL AWARD: Journalists' Journalist 

SPECIAL AWARD: Gamer’s Choice 

 

AWARD GUIDE

 

NEWS WRITER 

Who is eligible?

Any writer that produces news content and information-oriented writing/media about video games. You must be based in the UK and have work from across the last 12 months (August 1st 2013 to July 31st 2014) to support your entry.

How can I enter?

Please send an email to gma@intentmedia.co.uk. Subject: News Writer entry for <NAME>. Please supply up to five examples of your best news writing as part of your entry. These can be links to work published online, scans or PDFs, or plain text documents. An optional personal statement (250 words) can be provided to support this material if you wish to elaborate about exclusive content, context and the aims of your writing. Emails supporting nominations for people other than yourself are welcome but must offer useful feedback – these should be similarly marked up in the subject line and include written reasons why the person should be considered, including links if necessary. The deadline for all entries is August 12th.

What are the awards criteria?

Judges will be asked to consider key criteria including accuracy, quality of reporting, originality and writing style. 

How is the award judged?

The Games Media Awards committee will organize specific judging sessions for each award in August and September. The judges will hail from across the games business – mainly journalists but also key personnel that we are confident are well versed in the games media. The judges will read the longlist, choose the shortlist, and then vote for a winner. Votes are secret, and the winner is named on the night of October 15th. Judges will not be named until the evening of the Games Media Awards ceremony itself.

 

FEATURES WRITER

Who is eligible?

Any writer with that produces in-depth reporting, coverage or analysis writing about video games. You must be based in the UK and have work from across the last 12 months (August 1st 2013 to July 31st 2014) to support your entry.

How can I enter?

Please send an email to gma@intentmedia.co.uk. Subject: Features Writer entry for <NAME>. Please supply up to five examples of your best feature writing as part of your entry. These can be links to work published online, scans or PDFs, or plain text documents. An optional personal statement (250 words) can be provided to support this material if you wish to elaborate about exclusive content, context and the aims of your writing. Emails supporting nominations for people other than yourself are welcome but must offer useful feedback – these should be similarly marked up in the subject line and include written reasons why the person should be considered, including links if necessary. The deadline for all entries is August 12th

What are the awards criteria?

Judges will be asked to consider key criteria including variety, quality of reporting, originality and writing style.

How is the award judged?

The Games Media Awards committee will organize specific judging sessions for each award in August and September. The judges will hail from across the games business – mainly journalists but also key personnel that we are confident are well versed in the games media. The judges will read the longlist, choose the shortlist, and then vote for a winner. Votes are secret, and the winner is named on the night of October 15th. Judges will not be named until the evening of the Games Media Awards ceremony itself.

 

GAMES CRITIC 

Who is eligible?

Any writer that produces opinion-driven writing/content about video games, be that reviews or wider critiques about the medium. You must be based in the UK and have work from across the last 12 months (August 1st 2013 to July 31st 2014) to support your entry.

How can I enter?

Please send an email to gma@intentmedia.co.uk. Subject: Games Critic entry for <NAME>. Please supply up to five examples of your best news writing as part of your entry. These can be links to work published online (including video), scans or PDFs, or plain text documents. An optional personal statement (250 words) can be provided to support this material if you wish to elaborate about the intent of your critiques, context and the aims of your writing. Emails supporting nominations for people other than yourself are welcome but must offer useful feedback – these should be similarly marked up in the subject line and include written reasons why the person should be considered, including links if necessary. The deadline for all entries is August 12th.

What are the awards criteria?

Judges will be asked to consider key criteria including tone, content, topicality and writing style. 

How is the award judged?

The Games Media Awards committee will organize specific judging sessions for each award in August and September. The judges will hail from across the games business – mainly journalists but also key personnel that we are confident are well versed in the games media. The judges will read the longlist, choose the shortlist, and then vote for a winner. Votes are secret, and the winner is named on the night of October 15th. Judges will not be named until the evening of the Games Media Awards ceremony itself.

 

VIDEO

Who is eligible?

Any person or persons that produces video content about video games, either-prerecorded pieces (published on editorial sites or via third-party platforms like YouTube, or livestreams). You must be based in the UK and have work from across the last 12 months (August 1st 2013 to July 31st 2014) to support your entry.

How can I enter?

Please send an email to gma@intentmedia.co.uk. Subject: Video entry for <NAME>. Please supply links for up to five examples of your best videos. An optional personal statement (250 words) can be provided to support this material if you wish to elaborate about your work or history. Emails supporting nominations for people other than yourself are welcome but must offer useful feedback – these should be similarly marked up in the subject line and include written reasons why the person should be considered, including links if necessary. The deadline for all entries is August 12th.

What are the awards criteria?

Judges will be asked to consider quality key criteria including versus budget, content, style and originality. 

How is the award judged?

The Games Media Awards committee will organize specific judging sessions for each award in August and September. The judges will hail from across the games business – mainly journalists but also key personnel that we are confident are well versed in the games media. The judges will examine the entries on the longlist, choose the shortlist, and then vote for a winner. Votes are secret, and the winner is named on the night of October 15th. Judges will not be named until the evening of the Games Media Awards ceremony itself.

 

RADIO OR PODCAST

Who is eligible?

Any person or persons that produces radio or podcast content about video games. You must be based in the UK and have work from across the last 12 months (August 1st 2013 to July 31st 2014) to support your entry.

How can I enter?

Please send an email to gma@intentmedia.co.uk. Subject: Radio/Podcast entry for <NAME>. Please supply links for up to five examples of your best shows. An optional personal statement (250 words) can be provided to support this material if you wish to elaborate about your work or history. Emails supporting nominations for people other than yourself are welcome but must offer useful feedback – these should be similarly marked up in the subject line and include written reasons why the person should be considered, including links if necessary. The deadline for all entries is August 12th.

What are the awards criteria?

Judges will be asked to consider key criteria including quality versus budget, content, style and originality.

How is the award judged?

The Games Media Awards committee will organize specific judging sessions for each award in August and September. The judges will hail from across the games business – mainly journalists but also key personnel that we are confident are well versed in the games media. The judges will examine the entries on the longlist, choose the shortlist, and then vote for a winner. Votes are secret, and the winner is named on the night of October 15th. Judges will not be named until the evening of the Games Media Awards ceremony itself.

 

RISING STAR 

Who is eligible?

Any person that has been working professionally in the games media - either full-time, part-time or freelance – for less than 36 months. You must be based in the UK. 

How can I enter?

Please send an email to gma@intentmedia.co.uk. Subject: Rising Star entry for <NAME>. Please supply links for up to five examples of your best work (written word, broadcast/video, audio - or a mix of all three), a brief background document (250 words) of career highlights so far can be provided but is not compulsory. Emails supporting nominations for people other than yourself are welcome but must offer useful feedback – these should be similarly marked up in the subject line and include written reasons why the person should be considered, including links if necessary. The deadline for all entries is August 12th.

What are the awards criteria?

Judges will be asked to consider key criteria including quality of writing, progress, and originality.

How is the award judged?

The Games Media Awards committee will organize specific judging sessions for each award in August and September. The judges will hail from across the games business – mainly journalists but also key personnel that we are confident are well versed in the games media. The judges will examine the entries on the longlist, choose the shortlist, and then vote for a winner. Votes are secret, and the winner is named on the night of October 15th. Judges will not be named until the evening of the Games Media Awards ceremony itself.

 

EDITORIAL TEAM OF THE YEAR - PRINT 

Who is eligible?

Any team that produces regular content for a print magazine or newspaper that is dedicated to video games or which regularly includes video games as part of a wider remit. A ‘team’ constitutes two or more staff and can include permanent staff, freelancers or a mix of both. You must be based in the UK. 

How can I enter?

Please send an email to gma@intentmedia.co.uk. Subject: Editorial Team - Print entry for <NAME>. Please provide access to up to three of your best issues from the year, a brief background document (250 words) team highlights from the last 12 months (August 1st 2013 to July 31st 2014) plus a list of all the editorial team members. Emails supporting nominations for teams other than yourself are welcome but must offer useful feedback – these should be similarly marked up in the subject line and include written reasons why the person should be considered, including links if necessary. The deadline for all entries is August 12th.

What are the awards criteria?

Judges will be asked to consider key criteria including quality of writing overall, originality, output versus budget/size, use of the print medium, and industry standing.

How is the award judged?

The Games Media Awards committee will organize specific judging sessions for each award in August and September. The judges will hail from across the games business – mainly journalists but also key personnel that we are confident are well versed in the games media. The judges will examine the entries on the longlist, choose the shortlist, and then vote for a winner. Votes are secret, and the winner is named on the night of October 15th. Judges will not be named until the evening of the Games Media Awards ceremony itself.

 

EDITORIAL TEAM OF THE YEAR - ONLINE

Who is eligible?

Any team that produces regular content for a website dedicated to video games or which regularly includes video games as part of a wider remit.  A ‘team’ constitutes two or more staff and can include permanent staff, freelancers or a mix of both. You must be based in the UK.

How can I enter?

Please send an email to gma@intentmedia.co.uk. Subject: Editorial Team - Online entry for <NAME>. Please provide access to up to three of your best issues from the year, a brief background document (250 words) of team highlights from the last 12 months (August 1st 2013 to July 31st 2014) plus a list of all the editorial team members. Emails supporting nominations for teams other than yourself are welcome but must offer useful feedback – these should be similarly marked up in the subject line and include written reasons why the person should be considered, including links if necessary. The deadline for all entries is August 12th.

What are the awards criteria?

Judges will be asked to consider key criteria including quality of writing overall, originality, output versus budget/size, use of the online medium and industry standing.

How is the award judged?

The Games Media Awards committee will organize specific judging sessions for each award in August and September. The judges will hail from across the games business – mainly journalists but also key personnel that we are confident are well versed in the games media. The judges will examine the entries on the longlist, choose the shortlist, and then vote for a winner. Votes are secret, and the winner is named on the night of October 15th. Judges will not be named until the evening of the Games Media Awards ceremony itself.

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

Journalists’ Journalist

This special award is voted for by GMA ceremony attendees. Any journalist/media professional working in the UK video games business can enter for consideration as a finalist. Suggestions for finalists should be sent to gma@intentmedia.co.uk. The various judging panels for the main awards will be asked to shape the shortlist for this prize, which will be announced on the days leading up to the Games Media Awards ceremony on October 15th. On the night itself, we will ask those games media personnel attending the awards to vote for the winner in a private ballot. They will be asked to consider key criteria including quality, industry standing and integrity. We will count and verify the votes and announce the winner later that night.

Gamer’s Choice

This special award is voted for by the public, who will be invited to choose their favourite piece of games writing or journalism content (i.e. single video or podcast) in the past 12 months (August 1st 2013 to July 31st 2014). Individuals can enter this award once each, supplying a link or copy of their best piece of work. The various judging panels for the main awards will be asked to shape the shortlist for this prize, which will be announced on the weeks leading up to the Games Media Awards ceremony on October 15th. An open vote will then be conducted online with the winner announced on the night of October 15th.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the Games Media Awards 2014 ceremony?

October 15th

Where is it held?

Bloomsbury Ballroom, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4DA

Nearest tubes are Holborn and Russell Square.

www.thebloomsburyballroom.com/contact/

Event begins at 7pm with welcome drinks followed by dinner and awards, plus an after-party.

How do I enter?

The full guide above gives you a good breakdown of each award. Please note the requirements for supplying copies of your work.

Other bits of housekeeping: Media nominees must be based in the UK - their work can be self-published, or published by an outlet based outside of the UK, but UK must be their primary residence. All content must be English-language.

How do I attend?

Finalists and other invited media can attend the GMAs for free. Our sponsors also attend. We’re expecting 300 people in the room this year – over 200 of them from the games media. 

How can I be a judge?

Judging this year is conducted by panels of media experts working in video games. We already have a long list of ideal judges - who hail from across the games business - but if you’ve got what it takes feel free to throw your hat in the ring, and let us know via gma@intentmedia.co.uk

 

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