Society of Voice Arts and Sciences™ presents:

VOICE ARTS® AWARDS 2019

Voiceover Acting/Promotion/Marketing/Programming/Video Gaming/Virtual Reality/AI/Toys/Voice Assistance Devices/Mobile Apps/Web Sites/Podcasts

The following guidelines are designed to explain the CONTENT & MATERIALS that can be entered, along with the category names, rules, fees and deadlines for entry. The Voice Arts® Awards celebrate the best practices in voiceover acting, voice technology, creative direction, production, directing, casting, copywriting and audio engineering, throughout the many facets of entertainment, education, marketing, TV & Film production, spoken word, video gaming, animation, radio, virtual reality and the web. 

Eligibility & Rules: 

Eligibility Period For Work Entered – January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

The work entered into the Voice Arts® Awards contest for 2019, must have been aired, broadcast, published or otherwise made available to the public or B2B (business to business) constituents between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

  • “Demo Reel” and “Body of Work” categories are the exception to the eligibility rule, as they have no restriction on the time frame in which the work was created.) Demo Reels, however, will be judged according to contemporary, professional expectations for today’s marketplace. Therefore, it is not advisable to submit a Demo Reel that may be deemed outdated or obsolete. SOVAS™ reserves the right to determine the competitive viability of any and all entries submitted in any category.
  • B2B includes corporate, instructional, marketing and other works that are intended for a non-broadcast or restricted audience. For example: An instructional video intended only for the employees of a given company would fall under the definition of B2B and is therefore eligible for submission.

Who Can Enter?

Categories may be entered by an independent artist, (non-company) or by a company (Corporation, LLC, etc) Entries are accepted from anywhere in the world , as long as the work is in the English and Spanish language. There is one exception with regard to language: The category OUTSTANDING BODY OF WORK – FOREIGN LANGUAGE excepts works in all languages.

The following list represents an example of entrant types but this list is not exhaustive.

  1. Independent Artists (not a company) Voice Actors, Spoken Word Artists, Writers, Creative Directors, Producers, Casting Directors, Audio Engineers, Directors who are submitting on behalf of themselves and not in the name of a company.
  2. Broadcast Networks and Streaming Services

  3. Cable/Satellite Networks

  4. On-Line Content Channels/Platforms

  5. Local TV Stations

  6. Radio Stations

  7. Agencies/Vendors (Advertising, production, casting, creative services, marketing, etc.)

  8. Program Developers/Distributors/Syndicators

  9. Podcasters

  10. Mobile Developers

  11. Gaming (Developers/production/distributors)

  12. Toy Manufacturers
  13. Virtual Reality Developers
  14. Voice Assistance and AI makers/developers/manufacturers
  15. Web Sites Designers and/or Owners


What
Can Be Entered?

Any media work created using the human voice as the primary vehicle for communicating the intent, purpose and meaning to be derived from the work. Voices created via artificial Intelligence (AI) will be designated in categories segmented specifically for AI. See categories listed below. All work must be entered in a digital format. Please refer to the technical specifications within this document regarding physical and digital materials for submission and refer to the eligibility dates and categories for all other possible qualifying details.

File Types Accepted:

The term Video Upload encompasses all material submitted by way of the Voice Arts® Awards’ digital upload system known as “ACCLAIM” Accepted file types are as follows:

  • Audio (MP3, WAV)

  • Video (MP4, MOV, H264 or ProRes)

  • Video files to be uploaded must be no more than 130mb
  • Jpegs, Pngs, Tiffs

IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW:

  1. In the unlikely event that any individual category attracts fewer than 3 “award worthy” entries SOVAS™ reserves the right to withdraw that category from the competition or combine the category as we deem appropriate. If a category is withdrawn, the participating entrant will receive a credit towards future entry fees.No cash refund will be given.

  2. If, in any category, entries do not meet the minimum professional standard deemed “award worthy” by the jury, it is possible that there will be no award given in that category.
  3. The award statues to be given for any given award season will be the singular gold statue known as the Voice Arts® Award. Only a winner of a category and those credited on a winning entry are eligible to acquire the statue. Both winners and nominees are eligible to acquire plaques and certificates, which designate the status of “winner” or “nominee”.
  4. If, in any category, entries do not meet the minimum professional standard deemed “award worthy” by the jury, it is possible that there will be no award given in that category.
  5. SOVAS™ will not be responsible for the holding of any materials submitted after the awards period, which concludes once judging begins. Submitted materials will not returned to entrants. All submissions become the property of SOVAS™ to be used at its discretion, for the production and promotion of the Voice Arts® Award Gala and ceremony.
  6. ALL relevant permissions and copyrights are assumed to be cleared by the entrant.
  7. The organizers reserve the right to add, subtract, amend or otherwise revise any category during the course of the competition. Notices and updates of revisions will be posted on our website at www.sovas.org.
  8. Entries submitted as a campaign must consist of a minimum of two advertisements utilizing any of the following platforms: TV, Radio, WEB, In-theater, virtual reality, mobile apps and voice-assistant devices.
  9. Audio Book Recordings must have been reproduced originally or compiled from another medium for release as audiobooks. Qualifying audiobooks are determined by SOVAS™ to be sound recordings, in the English or Spanish language, where the written text is narrated (spoken), and the resulting recording is distributed for sale or public consumption. the work may originate in any country and provided in a digital format. It is not required that the original source of the Audiobook be derived from or based on a published book. The audiobook can be published/released prior publishing of a print version of the book.

RIGHTS & DISCLAIMERS Entrants assume all responsibility for all rights and permissions to submit work on behalf of themselves and/or the owner of the works submitted. All entries must have been created as a work for hire, which includes pro bono work that can be verified as such by the hiring entity. i.e., non-profit organizations or institutions of learning. SOVAS™ retains the rights to disqualify entries which offend national, religious, cultural or racial sensibilities. All work submitted into the Voice Arts® Awards competition, is subject to use by SOVAS for as part of the awards program, as online samples on www.SOVAS.org and as promotion for the existence of SOVAS and the Voice Arts® Awards Gala. Submitted work may be used in whole or in part, during and within the live Voice Arts® Awards Gala (“The Show”). “The Show” may be streamed or broadcast by media entities attending the show and may be distributed by those entities through their own channels.

DEADLINES

  • Super Early Bird – April 2, 2019

  • Early Bird – June 4, 2019

  • Regular Price – August 1, 2019

  • Late Entry. (Final Deadline) – August 16, 2019

FEES

ENTRY FEES (US DOLLARS ) Feb 2 – Apr 1 Apr 2 – Jun 16 Jun 17 – Jul 31 Aug 1 – Aug 16
 
COMPANY FEES Super Early Bird Early Bird Regular Fee Late Entry
Single Entry – Member $113 $123 $134 $143
Single Entry – Nonmember $125 $137 $149 $159
INDEPENDENT ARTISTS FEES Super Early Bird Early Bird Regular Fee Late Entry
Single Entry – Member $94.50 $107 $121 $131
Single Entry – Nonmember $105 $119 $134 $145

* Fees are non-refundable, once the entries have been submitted.

CATEGORIES:

Name

Description

1 Outstanding Commercial – TV or Web – Best Voiceover This category is limited to a single 15-second to 3-minute video COMMERCIAL, advertising a corporate brand message, product  or service. The commercial must be publicly distributed within the eligibility period, via TV or internet. PROMOS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for this category.  PROMOS is defined as works advertising media programming (TV shows, radio, webisodes, theatrical and live events), where time and/or date may be a key element of the ad. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
2 Outstanding Commercial Campaign – TV or Web – Best Voiceover Entries for this category must consist of no less than two (2) and no more than five (5) COMMERCIAL work samples, each 15 seconds to 3 minutes in length. The works must advertise a single brand category, product or service, where the creative continuity between the works samples is clearly intended to work as a whole. The COMMERCIALS must have be distributed for public consumption during the eligibility period.  PROMOS for media programming (TV, radio, web, theatrical, live events), ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for this category. National and local commercials are eligible in this category. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
3 Outstanding Promo – TV or Web – Best Voiceover This category is limited to a single 15-second to 3-minute visual PROMO advertising media programming (TV shows, radio, webisodes, theatrical and live events), where time and/or date of the programming may be a key element of the ad. The Promo must be publicly distributed within the eligibility period, via TV or internet. COMMERCIALS for products or services categories, e.g., auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, etc., ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for this category. National & local promos are eligible in this category. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
4 Outstanding Promo Campaign – TV or Web – Best Voiceover Entries for this category must consist of no less than two (2) and no more than five (5) PROMO work samples, each 15 seconds to 3 minutes in length. PROMO is defined as advertising media programming (TV shows, radio, webisodes, theatrical, live events), where time and/or date of the programming may be a key element of the ad. As a CAMPAIGN the work samples must demonstrate “brand and messaging continuity” where all samples are intended to work as whole. The PROMO CAMPAIGN must have been distributed for public consumption during the eligibility period. COMMERCIALS for products or service categories, e.g., auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, etc., ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for this category. National and local promos are eligible in this category. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
Prefix Name Description
5 Outstanding Radio Commercial, Best Voiceover This category is limited to a single 15 to 120-second radio commercial advertising a product or service category, e.g., auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, etc. The commercial must have aired on a national or local radio network or via internet. PROMOS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for this category.  PROMOS are defined as works promoting media programming (TV shows, radio, webisodes, theatrical and live events), where time and/or date is a key element of the ad. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
6 Outstanding Radio Promo, Best Voiceover This category is limited to a single 15 to 120-second radio PROMO  advertising media programming (TV shows, radio, webisodes, theatrical and live events), where time and/or date is a key element of the ad. The PROMO must be made publicly available via radio or internet during the eligibility period. COMMERCIALS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE. COMMERCIALS are defined as works advertising product or service categories, e.g., auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, etc., and time and/or date are not germane to the offering.  (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
7 Outstanding Video Game Character – Best Voiceover This category is includes any video game production that demonstrates the abilities of the voice artist in the performance of a single character in a video game. The elements of the entry must consist of a work sample from a production that has been made available to the public by a video game distribution or production company during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit a single excerpt or multiple excerpts edited together in a single file. The total length of the entry may not exceed five (5) minutes in duration. *This category only judges a single character. If the entrant wishes to have multiple characters considered, each character must be submitted as a separate entry. Multiple character entries can also be combined for submission in the “Animation – Gaming Demo Reel category”.  (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
8 Outstanding Animation Character – TV or WEB – Best Voiceover This category is limited to animated works produced for TV, Web, virtual reality, mobile and mobile app. It includes any animated TV production for which a voice actor performs the voice for a character(s) that are rendered via animation. The elements of the entry must consist of actual works for hire that have been made available to the public via TV, internet or other digital platforms. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of a single character or multiple segments of the same character – not exceeding five (5) minutes in the total duration. Theatrical motion pictures and video games ARE NOT ELIGIBLE in this category (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
Prefix Name Description
9 Best Podcast This category recognizes audio podcasts, in the ENGLISH language, where the spoken words of the hosts and/or guests are the primary drivers of the content and quality of presentation. All subjects are eligible. The judging criteria for this category will be based on the following: 1) Quality of Content  2) Quality of vocal presentation. 3) Quality of Production. The podcast must have been made available to the public via any digital means and must have been distributed during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited excerpt, where the total length does not exceed 15 minutes. *IF THE PODCAST IS SHOT ON VIDEO, THE ENTRANT MUST STRIP OFF THE VIDEO AND SUBMIT ONLY AN AUDIO FILE. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
10 Outstanding Body of Work, Best Voice Actor This category recognizes English language voice actors who have established a wide body of “work for hire” in multiple voiceover disciplines over a career. The entry may include up to twenty (20) minutes of work, where no single work sample exceeds 5-minutes. The work may span all voiceover genres: commercials, animation, promos, narration, video games, trailers, corporate, audiobook, consumer sales videos, live announcing, instructional and other areas. The elements entered can be audio and/or video. There are no restrictions as to when any of the original work was created, but all work must be “work for hire” and no demo work may be included. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
11 Outstanding Public Service Announcement – TV, Web Or Radio – Best Voiceover This category is limited to a single 15 to 120-second audio or video announcement with the objective of raising public awareness or changing public attitudes and behaviors towards a social issue. The PSA must be distributed during the eligibility period via TV, in-theater, streaming service, radio or internet.  (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
12 Outstanding Narration – TV, Film or Web – Best Voiceover This category is limited to a single entry of up to 10 minutes in length and featuring the voiceover narration within a TV program, feature film, webisode or short film. The work must have been distributed via TV Network, streaming service, theatrical release or internet during the eligibility period. (Audiobook narration is not eligible in this category.) (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
13 Outstanding Political Announcement – Image, Best Voiceover This category is limited to a single 15 to 120-second TV or radio commercial that endorses a political candidate’s fitness for political office but does not attack or counter position an opposing candidate. The election may be for national, statewide or local office and may be for a primary or general election. The work must be distributed for the public via TV, Radio or internet during the eligibility period. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
Prefix Name Description
14 Outstanding Political Announcement – Attack Ad Positioning, Best Voiceover This category is limited to a single 15 to 120-second TV or radio commercial highlighting a political candidate’s lack of fitness for political office and may attack a candidate’s philosophy, character or past deeds. The election may be for national, statewide or local election and may be for a primary or general election. The work must be distributed for the public via TV, Radio or internet during the eligibility period. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
15 Outstanding Movie Trailer, Best Voiceover This category is limited to theatrical movie trailers shown in theaters, on TV or via internet to promote motion pictures for release in theaters, on streaming services or any web enabled service – where voice acting is a primary communication technique. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the whole trailer, up to but not exceeding five (5) minutes in duration. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
16 Best Animation Character – Motion Picture, Best Voiceover This category is limited to feature movie animation productions which are shown in-theater or streaming services, and where voice acting is the primary driver of the story line. The eligible motion picture must be theatrically released in at least one theater for public viewing or be distributed by a streaming service – all during the eligibility period. All animation production techniques are allowed (cell animation, digital animation, CGI, Stop-action, etc.) Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the program up to but not exceeding five (5) minutes in duration.  If the actor plays more than one role in a single program, each role must be submitted as an individual entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
17 Outstanding Motion Picture Animation – Cast, Best Voiceover This category is limited to feature movie animation productions which are shown in-theater or streaming services, and where voice acting is the primary driver of the story line. The eligible motion picture must be theatrically released in at least one theater for public viewing or be distributed by a streaming service. The release must be during the eligibility period. All animation production techniques are allowed (cell animation, digital animation, CGI, stop-action, etc.) Entrants may submit a single file  of one unedited excerpt or a single file with multiple excerpts edited together. The duration of the file may not exceed 10.  At least 3 cast members must be featured in the work sample in order to judge the work on the basis of “cast”.  (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
Prefix Name Description
18 Outstanding Consumer Sales Video, Best Voiceover This category is limited to long-form commercials, where the advertisement is extended to include discussion, demonstrations and/or explanations that go beyond the typical TV commercial of 30 to 60 seconds. CONSUMER SALES VIDEOS tend to be 3 to 20 minutes in length but can be as long as 30-60 minutes, as is often the case with “INFOMERCIALS”. The CONSUMER SALES VIDEO must have been distributed by an advertiser/company/manufacturer via WEB, TV, streaming service, internet.” INFOMERCIALS ” are eligible in this category. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the program up to five (5) minutes in duration. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
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19 Outstanding E-Learning, Best Voiceover This category is limited to any video or audio production designed to provide learning, training or educational guidance and where voice acting is a primary communication technique. The e-learning programming may be delivered via mobile app, internet, intranet or other learning platforms. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the program up to but not exceeding ten (10) minutes in duration. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)

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20 Outstanding Spoken Word or Storytelling- Best Performance This category recognizes SPOKEN WORD as performances that focus on the aesthetics of word play, intonation and voice inflection. It is a ‘catchall’ which includes any kind of poetry recited aloud, including hip hop, jazz poetry, poetry slams and traditional poetry readings. It also includes comedy routines and prose monologues.

The entry may be up to ten (10) minutes in length and may be entered as audio or video. Performances recorded before a live audience are permitted and encouraged. There are no restrictions as to when any of the original work was created or recorded. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)

21 Outstanding Promo Demo Reel – Best  Voiceover This category is limited to any audio or video production that demonstrates the abilities of a voice artist in the performance of PROMOS. PROMO is defined as promoting media programming (TV, radio, web theatrical, live events), where time and/or date of the programming may be a key element of the ad. The elements of the demo reel may consist of both actual work for hire, as well as “spec” where “spec” refers to work created for demonstration only. Entrants may submit a demo reel up to but not exceeding five (5) minutes in duration. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
Prefix Name Description
22 Outstanding Animation Or Gaming – Demo Reel, Best Voiceover This category is limited to any audio or video production that demonstrates the abilities of a voice artist to perform voices and sounds for animated characters, where the voice actor’s voice is synched to render the voice and actions of the animated character(s). The elements of the demo reel may consist of actual work for hire as well as “spec work” where “spec” refers to work created for demonstration only. Entrants may submit multiple excerpts up to but not exceeding five (5) minutes in duration.  (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
23 Outstanding Commercial Demo Reel, Best Voiceover This category is limited to any audio or video production that demonstrates the abilities of a voice actor to perform in the “COMMERCIAL” genre. COMMERCIAL is defined as the advertising of product or service categories, e.g., auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, etc. The elements of the demo reel may consist of both work for hire, as well as “spec work”, where “spec” refers to work produced for demonstrations purposes only. PROMO work samples ARE NOT ELIGIBLE in this category. PROMO is defined as promoting media programming (TV, radio, web theatrical, live events), where time and/or date of the programming may be a key element of the ad. Entrants may submit a full or edited segment of the demo reel up to but not exceeding five (5) minutes in duration.  (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
24 Outstanding Narration Demo Reel, Best Voiceover This category is limited to any audio or video production that demonstrates the ability of a voice artist to perform narration over a visual medium. Narration is the use of voiceover to convey a long-form narrative. The elements of the demo reel may consist of both actual work for hire as well as “spec work” where “spec” refers to work produced for demonstrations purposes only. Entrants may submit a single work or multiple excerpts. The demo reel must exceed five (5) minutes in duration.  (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
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25 Outstanding Movie Trailer – Best Spanish Voiceover This category is limited Spanish language theatrical movie trailers (shown in theaters, on TV or via internet) to promote motion pictures, and where voice acting is a primary communication technique. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the trailer up to but not exceeding 5 minutes in duration.  (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
Prefix Name Description
26 Outstanding  Promo – Best Spanish Voiceover This category is limited to a single 15 to 120-second video or audio PROMO. PROMO is defined as promoting media programming (TV, radio, web, theatrical, streaming or live events), where time and/or date of the programming may be a key element of the ad. COMMERCIALS are not eligible. COMMERCIAL is defined as the advertising of product or service categories, e.g., auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, etc. The submitted PROMO must have been distributed via TV, Radio or internet. (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
27 Outstanding Animation – TV, Film or Gaming – Best Spanish Voiceover This category is limited to animated works produced for TV, Film or Gaming where the voice actor performs the voice for a character(s) that are rendered via animation. The elements of the entry must consist of actual animation works that have been made available to the public via theatrical release, TV, internet or other digital platforms. Entrants may submit an unedited excerpt of a single character or multiple excerpts of a single character. All excerpts must be provided on a single file and may not exceed five (5) minutes in total duration (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
28 Outstanding Spoken Word or Storytelling – Best Spanish Performance This category recognizes SPOKEN WORD as performances that focus on the aesthetics of word play, intonation and voice inflection. It is a ‘catchall’ which includes any kind of poetry recited aloud, including hip hop, jazz poetry, poetry slams, traditional poetry readings, and can include comedy routines and prose monologues.

The entry may be up to ten (10) minutes in length and may be entered as audio or video. Performances recorded before a live audience are permitted and encouraged. There are no restrictions as to when any of the original work was created or recorded. (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)

29 Outstanding Commercial – TV or Web, Best Spanish Voiceover This category is limited to a single work (video) that is 15 seconds to 2 minutes in length, advertising a product or service category, e.g., auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, etc. The work must have been distributed via TV, theatrical or web within the eligibility period. PROMOS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE in this category. PROMO is defined as promoting media programming (TV, radio, web, theatrical, streaming or live events), where time and/or date of the programming may be a key element of the ad. (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
30 Outstanding Radio Commercial – Best Spanish Voiceover This category is limited to a single work (audio) that is 15 seconds to 2 minutes in length, advertising a product or service category, e.g., auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, etc. The work must have been distributed via radio or web enabled device within the eligibility period. PROMOS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE in this category. PROMO is defined as promoting media programming (TV, radio, web, theatrical, streaming or live events), where time and/or date of the programming may be a key element of the ad. **SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY
31 Outstanding Radio Promo – Best Spanish Voiceover This category is limited to a single work (audio) that is 15 seconds to 2 minutes in length, advertising media programming (TV show, radio show, web media, theatrical, streaming or live events), where time and/or date of the programming may be a key element of the ad. The work must have been distributed via radio or any web enabled device within the eligibility period. COMMERCIALS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE in this category. COMMERCIAL is defined as advertising a product or service category, e.g., auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, etc. (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
32 Outstanding Promo – TV or Web, Best Spanish Voiceover This category is limited to a single work (video) that is 15 seconds to 2 minutes in length, advertising media programming (TV show, radio show, web media, theatrical, streaming or live events), where time and/or date of the programming may be a key element of the ad. The work must have been distributed via TV, theatrical or web within the eligibility period. COMMERCIALS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE in this category. COMMERCIAL is defined as advertising a product or service category, e.g., auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, etc. (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
33 Outstanding Public Service Announcement, Best Spanish Voiceover This category is limited to a single 15 to 120-second video or audio work in the Spanish language, where the objective is to raise public awareness or change public attitudes and behavior towards a social issue. The PSA must have been officially distributed to the public via TV, radio or web.  (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
34 Outstanding Commercial Demo Reel, Best Spanish Voiceover This category is limited to any audio or video production, in the Spanish language, that demonstrates the abilities of a voice artist in the COMMERCIAL genre. The elements of the demo reel may consist of actual work for hire as well as “spec,” where “spec” refers to work created for demonstration only. Entrants may submit a demo reel up to but not exceeding five (5) minutes in duration. (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
35 Outstanding Animation Demo Reel, Best Spanish Voiceover This category is limited to any audio or video production that demonstrates the abilities of a voice artist to perform voices and sounds for animated characters, where the voice actors voice is synched so as to be the voice of the animated character. The elements of the demo reel may consist of actual work for hire as well as “spec,” where “spec” refers to work created for demonstration only. Entrants may submit a segment up to but not exceeding five (5) minutes in duration.  (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
36 Outstanding Narration Demo Reel, Best Spanish voiceover This category is limited to any audio or video production that demonstrates the ability of a voice artist to perform narration over a visual medium. Narration is the use of voiceover to convey a long-form narrative. The elements of the demo reel may consist of both actual work for hire as well as “spec work” where “spec” refers to work produced for demonstrations purposes only. Entrants may submit a single work or multiple excerpts. The demo reel must exceed five (5) minutes in duration. (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
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37 Outstanding Promo Demo – Best Spanish Voiceover This category is limited to any audio or video production that demonstrates the abilities of a voice artist in the performance of PROMOS. PROMO is defined as promoting media programming (TV, radio, web theatrical, live events), where time and/or date of the programming may be a key element of the ad. The elements of the demo reel may consist of both actual work for hire, as well as “spec” where “spec” refers to work created for demonstration only. Entrants may submit a demo reel up to but not exceeding five (5) minutes in duration.  (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
38 Audiobook Narration – Fiction  – Best Spanish Voiceover FICTION (F): A work of fiction is created in the imagination of its author. The author invents the story and makes up the characters, the plot or story line, the dialogue and sometimes even the setting. A fictional work does not claim to tell a true story.

This category is limited to those “Fiction” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.  

 If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each clip must be compiled as a single file for entry.(SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)

39 Audiobook Narration – Non-Fiction – Best Spanish Voiceover NON-FICTION (NF): Non-fiction is content whose creator, in good faith, assumes responsibility for the truth and accuracy of the events, people, or information presented. Nonfiction includes all kinds of audiobooks biographies, histories, memoirs, how-to books, self-help, books on business, even books on writing.

This category is limited to those NON-FICTION audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.   If the entry is an ensemble, the segment must include all the performers (If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each clip must be compiled as a single file for entry. (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)

40 Audiobook Narration – Fantasy- Best Spanish Voiceover FANTASY (F): Fantasy genre stories revolve around magic or supernatural forces. Stories from the fantasy genre are set in fanciful, invented worlds or in a legendary, mythic past that rely on the outright invention of magic. Knights, wizards, kings, and dragons are all common in fantasy, but are not always required. Swordplay, archery, horseback riding, and spell-casting are also staples of the fantasy genre. + Subgenres include: Dark Fantasy, Fantasy: Contemporary, Fantasy: Epic, Fantasy: Paranormal, Superheroes

This category is limited to those “Fantasy” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.   If the entry is an ensemble, the segment must include all the performers (If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each clip must be compiled as a single file for entry. (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)

41 Outstanding Body of Work, Foreign Language – Best Voiceover This category recognizes voice actors of any language, who have established a wide body of work in multiple voiceover disciplines over a career. The entry may include up to 20 minutes of work, where no single work sample exceeds 5-minutes. The work may span all voiceover genres: commercials, animation, promos, narration, video games, trailers, corporate, audiobook, consumer sales videos, live announcing, instructional, and other areas. The elements entered can be audio and/or video. There are no restrictions as to when any of the original work was created. The works will be judged by a media expert who is fluent in the language of the entry.

**ALL LANGUAGES INCLUDED

42 Audiobook Narration – Biography, Best Voiceover BIOGRAPHY (F/NF): Books in the Biography genre are a description of a person’s life involving more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays the subject’s life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject’s personality. Biographical works are usually non-fiction, but fiction can also be used to portray a person’s life.

Requirements: This category is limited to those “Biographical” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is the primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.   .   If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)

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43 Audiobook Narration – Science Fiction, Best Voiceover SCIENCE FICTION (F): Science Fiction genre stories involve strong elements of technology that are explained with thorough details and are plausible (when based on hardcore science facts and proof, sci-fi becomes hard science fiction). In general, the stories center around the effects and ramifications of computers and machines. Sci-Fi stories can involve traveling through space, time, or alternate universes, as well as, involve alien life-forms.  + Subgenres include: Alternate History, Military Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalyptic, Steampunk, Space Opera, Time Travel and LitRPG

Requirements: This category is limited to those “Science Fiction” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.  If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY

44 Audiobook Narration –  Mystery, Best Voiceover MYSTERY (F): The mystery genre contains stories with narration in which one or more elements remain unknown until the end; the stories are like puzzles, where the reader is given one piece at a time to try to figure out the big picture. + Subgenres include: Murder Mystery, Police Procedural, Detective Fiction 

This category is limited to those “Mystery” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.   .   If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY      § SCROLL TO BOTTOM TO VIEW DISCLAIMER

45 Audiobook Narration – Author Performance, Best Voiceover AUTHOR PERFORMANCE (F/NF): Narration is performed by the books author. All genres are eligible.

 This category is limited to those “Author Performance” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.  (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY

46 Audiobook Narration – Thrillers, Best Voiceover THRILLER (F): Thriller genre stories are intended to arouse feelings of excitement or suspense, and sometimes fear. The stories generally contain dark or serious themes and are typically sensational, focused on illegal activities, and oftentimes involve sex and violence.   + Subgenres include: Crime, Suspense

This category is limited to those “Crime & Thriller” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.   If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY

47 Audiobook Narration – Business or Education, Best Voiceover BUSINESS / EDUCATION (F/NF): Books in the business nonfiction genre are about the management and running of a business, or in the financial aspects of a business. Titles in this genre include how-to, step-by-step instructions about things one would need to know to start, own, and run a successful business, touching on marketing, taxes, etc. Titles may also include expose on general state of a given business category.

Books in the education nonfiction genre can either be books about forms of education and how it’s achieved or be educational itself, in the form of text books and educational materials.

This category is limited to those “Business or Education” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.  If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY
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48 Audiobook Narration – Children (Infant to 12) – Best Voiceover This category is limited to those “Children’s” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.   .   If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY
49 Audiobook Narration – Teens, Best Voiceover This category is limited to those “Teen” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.   .   If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY
50 Audiobook Narration – Classics, Best Voiceover CLASSICS (F): A classic is accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy work that has demonstrated the ability to capture interests of generations of readers succeeding its creation. 

This category is limited to those “Classic” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.   .   If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY

51 Audiobook Narration – Fiction, Best Voiceover FICTION (F): A work of fiction is created in the imagination of its author. The author invents the story and makes up the characters, the plot or story line, the dialogue and sometimes even the setting. A fictional work does not claim to tell a true story.  

This category is limited to those “Fiction” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.

If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY

52 Audiobook Narration – Fantasy, Best Voiceover FANTASY (F): Fantasy genre stories revolve around magic or supernatural forces. Stories from the fantasy genre are set in fanciful, invented worlds or in a legendary, mythic past that rely on the outright invention of magic. Knights, wizards, kings, and dragons are all common in fantasy, but are not always required. Swordplay, archery, horseback riding, and spell-casting are also staples of the fantasy genre.  + Subgenres include: Dark Fantasy, Fantasy: Contemporary, Fantasy: Epic, Fantasy: Paranormal, Superheroes

This category is limited to those “Fantasy” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.   If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY

53 Audiobook Narration – Self-help/Health and Wellness, Best Voiceover Books in the self-help nonfiction genre are based on one’s own effort and resources to achieve things and goals without relying on the help of others. The books in this genre can be about self-guided improvement in one’s economic standing, their intellectual state of being, and in their emotionally and self-worth state of being. They can also be about support groups, how to find them, and what they are about. 

Books in the health & wellness nonfiction genre are about the health and function of the human body and/or exercise and that focus on maintaining overall wellness and strength. The books in this genre talk about the function of the body and practices, foods, and medicines that improve them. They can also talk about what could be wrong and why. Books in the health genre are often written by health care professionals, like doctors, social workers, and psychotherapists.

This category is limited to those “Health & Wellness” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.  If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY

54 Audiobook Narration – History, Best Voiceover HISTORY (NF): The history nonfiction book genre consists of events of significant change that happened in the past and the discovery, collection, presentation, and organization of the information. True accounts of actual events are the core of historical nonfiction. The books from the history genre can revolve around a person or event that impacted the lives of many in a positive or negative way. The comparison of past cultures and discoveries versus the culture and implications those discoveries had on current times are also relevant to the history genre.

This category is limited to those “History” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.   If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY
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55 Audiobook Narration – Humor, Best Voiceover HUMOR (F/NF): The comedy genre is made up of books about a series of funny or comical events or scenes that are intended to make the reader laugh. Books in the comedy genre can also be about a particular quirky character that is funny or amusing. + Subgenres include: Noir, Parody, Satirical, and Romantic Comedy 

This category is limited to those “Humor” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.   If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY
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56 Audiobook Narration – Faith Based or Metaphysical – Best Voiceover FAITH BASED/OR METAPHYSICAL (NF): Books in the inspiration nonfiction genre often have religious themed content and are sometimes an interpretation of a religious doctrine. They may also focus on affirmations of God’s impact on humanity and all else. The books in this genre may also be about people who have died, had an experience, and were brought back to life through medical help or divine intervention.

METAPHYSICAL (NF): Metaphysical genre stories explore, or are based on, some form of philosophy or system of thought. Such fiction includes some aspect of the inner, incorporeal, supernatural, spiritual, archetypal or transcendent aspects of human experience and may emphasize an individual’s movement towards self-actualization.  Readers may gain insight into, or be stimulated to reflect on, such things as the nature of existence, the mind, the soul, the psyche, psychology, the spiritual journey and so on.

This category is limited to those “Faith-Based or Metaphysical, and Inspirational” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration. If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY
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57 Audiobook Narration – Romance, Best Voiceover ROMANCE (F): Romance genre stories involve chivalry and often adventure. The prevailing type of story in the romance genre consists of a love relationship between a man and a woman, often but not limited to, from the woman’s point of view. There is always conflict that hinders the relationship, but is resolved to a happy ending. Erotica is not included in this category.  + Subgenres include: ChickLit, Romantic Comedy, Women’s Fiction

This category is limited to those “Romance” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration.   If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY

58 Audiobook Narration – Short Story Anthology, Best Voiceover SHORT STORY ANTHOLOGY (F/NF): Books in the short story genre are made up of a collection of short stories brought together by author or subject matter that combines in total word count to a novel length work. * For Voice Arts Awards purposes, a minimum of four short stories are required for entry.

This category is limited to those “Short Story Anthology” audiobook productions where voice acting (narration) is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration. If the entry is an ensemble, the segment may include all or multiple performers. If, for example, there are four narrators that do not interact, four 4-minute clips may be submitted to cover each performer). Each segment must be compiled as a single file for entry.  (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY
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59 Outstanding Casting – Audiobook This category recognizes the professionals who cast voice actors for audiobooks, where voice acting is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration. Only casting directors and assistant casting directors are eligible for award consideration. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY
60 Outstanding Casting – Commercial – TV or Radio This category recognizes the professionals who cast voice actors for TV & Radio commercials. The entry is limited to a single 15 to 120-second commercial advertising a product or service category, e.g. auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, etc. The commercial may have aired nationally, locally or via internet. Only casting directors and assistant casting directors are eligible in this category. The work must have been distributed via TV, Radio or via internet within the eligibility period. PROMOS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE in this category. PROMO is defined as promoting media programming (TV, radio, web, theatrical, streaming or live events), where time and/or date of the programming may be a key element of the ad. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY
61 Outstanding Casting –  Feature Film Animation This category is limited to film productions which are distributed via theatrical release, TV, streaming service or web and within the eligibility period.  Voice acting must play a primary role in the production. All animation production techniques are allowed (cell animation, digital animation, stop-action, CGI, etc.) and live action elements may be used in combination with animation techniques. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the program up to but not exceeding fifteen (15) minutes in duration.  Multiple scenes may be submitted but all must be edited together in a single file.  Only casting directors and assistant casting directors are eligible for award consideration. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLYY
62 Outstanding Casting – TV Animation Outstanding Casting – TV Animation: This category is limited to Made for TV productions which may have also been distributed via streaming services or web. Voice acting must play a primary role in the production. The work must have been made public during the eligibility period. All animation production techniques are allowed (cell animation, digital animation, stop-action, CGI, etc.) and live action elements may be used in combination with animation techniques. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the program up to but not exceeding 10 minutes in duration.  Multiple scenes may be submitted but all must be edited together in a single entry.  Only casting directors and assistant casting directors are eligible for award consideration. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY
63 Audio Engineering – Audiobook – Best Sound Design This category recognizes the professionals who oversee audio production (record, edit, and/or mix) for audiobooks, where voice acting is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration. Only audio engineers, sound designers, music composers, editors and mixers are eligible for award consideration. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
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64 Audio Engineering – Commercial, Promo or Trailer – Best Sound Design This category recognizes the professionals who oversee audio production (record, edit, and/or mix the audio) for commercials, promos or trailers. The entry is limited to work samples up to 3 minutes in length, where the work advertises a program, film, product or service category, e.g., auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, etc. The work must have been distributed on TV, Radio or via internet during the eligibility period. Only audio engineers, sound designers, and mixers are eligible for award consideration. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
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65 Outstanding Copywriting – Commercial, Promo or Trailer – Best Copywriting This category recognizes the professionals who write the copy for national TV commercials, promos and trailers. The entry is limited to a single 15 to 180-second work advertising a film, program, product or service category, e.g., auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, etc. The work must have been made available on TV, Radio or internet. Consumer sales videos are eligible.  (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)

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66 Outstanding Script – TV, Film or Gaming – Best Writing This category recognizes the professionals who write the narrative scripts for TV, Film or Gaming, where the script is performed by the voice actor as narration or on-screen characters.  This category is limited to a single  audio/video clip of no more than ten (10) minutes in length. The work must have been distributed  for public consumption, via video console, TV, in-theater or web. Only writers are eligible, which includes creative directors and producers who are also credited for writing. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)

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67 Outstanding Production – Audiobook, Best Producer This category recognizes the professionals (producer, director, creative director, marketing executives) who conceive, develop and produce audiobooks, where voice acting is a primary communication technique. The audiobook must have initially been made available to the public during the eligibility period. Entrants may submit an unedited segment of the audiobook up to but not exceeding 15 minutes in duration. Only producers, creative directors, and directors are eligible for award consideration. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
68 Outstanding Production – Commercial, Promo or Trailer – Best Producer This category recognizes the professionals who produce or otherwise oversee the creation of commercials, promos or trailers. The entry is limited to a single 15 to 120-second work that advertises a film, TV program, product or service category, i.e., auto, retail, pharmaceuticals, food, financial services, streaming service, etc. The work must be distributed via TV, theatrical release, radio or internet. Directors, producers and creative directors are eligible for award consideration. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
69 Outstanding Radio Imaging Demo,  Best Producer This category is for Radio Imaging demo production which represents an actual work for hire distributed on air during the eligibility period. The production must demonstrate the skills of the producer: creativity, sound design, mixing balance and overall production. The demo reel may consist of both actual “work for hire” as well as “spec work”, where “spec” refers to work created for demonstration purposes only. Entrants may submit a demo reel up to but not exceeding five (5) minutes in duration. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
70 Outstanding Radio Imaging – Demo Reel – Best Voiceover This category is limited to any audio demo production that demonstrates the abilities of a voice actor in the category of radio imaging.  The elements of the demo reel may consist of “work for hire” as well as “spec work”, where “spec” refers to work created for demonstration purposes only. Entrants may submit a demo reel up to but not exceeding five (5) minutes in duration. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
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71 Outstanding Radio Imaging,  Best Voice Actor or Producer This category is for Radio Imaging production which represents “work for hire” only. The work must be distributed on air via radio or web. There is no restriction on when the work was created. The production must demonstrate the skills of the both the voice actor and the producer. Vocal range, creativity, sound design, mixing balance and overall production are considered. No “spec work” may be included, where “spec” refers to work created for demonstration purposes. Entrants may submit a sample of up to but not exceeding five (5) minutes in duration.  Producers and Voice Actors may submit. Producers will earn the title of “Best Producer” or “Best Creative Director”. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)

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72 Outstanding Anime – Best  Female Voiceover This category is limited to ANIME works produced for TV, Film or Web, recorded or dubbed in the English Language. Anime is a style of hand-drawn and computer animation originating in, and commonly associated with, Japan. The word anime is the Japanese term for animation, which means all forms of animated media. Outside Japan, anime refers specifically to animation from Japan or as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. With consideration to the unique style that characterizes animation, this category is open to ANIME produced in any country.

This category includes any anime production for which a voice actor performs the voice for character(s) that are rendered via the anime style in a single program or show. The elements of the entry must consist of actual anime productions that have been made available to the public via TV, Film, internet or other digital platforms. Entrants may submit a segment(s) featuring a single character or multiple characters voiced by the same actor and from the same program. All segments must be combined in a single file, up to but not exceeding ten (10) minutes in the total duration.  (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)

73 Outstanding Anime – Best  Male Voiceover This category is limited to ANIME works produced for TV, Film or Web, recorded or dubbed in the English Language. Anime is a style of hand-drawn and computer animation originating in, and commonly associated with, Japan. The word anime is the Japanese term for animation, which means all forms of animated media. Outside Japan, anime refers specifically to animation from Japan or as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. With consideration to the unique style that characterizes animation, this category is open to ANIME produced in any country.

This category includes any anime production for which a voice actor performs the voice for character(s) that are rendered via the anime style in a single program or show. The elements of the entry must consist of actual anime productions that have been made available to the public via TV, Film, internet or other digital platforms. Entrants may submit a segment(s) featuring a single character or multiple characters voiced by the same actor and from the same program. All segments must be combined in a single file, up to but not exceeding ten (10) minutes in the total duration.  (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)

74 Outstanding Virtual Reality – Best Voiceover This category is limited to a single work sample (work for hire) where the voiceover serves the purposes of a Virtual Reality (VR) experience, and where the VR experience has been publicly distributed within the eligibility period. (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)

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75 Outstanding Toy Character –Best Voiceover This category is limited to a single work sample (work for hire) where the voiceover serves as the voice(s) for a children’s toy, and where the toy has been publicly distributed within the eligibility period.

Entrants must submit a video demonstrating the toy in use. The actor’s voice must be clearly heard and it must be clearly visible as to how the voice animates the toy. The judges must be able to gauge how well the voice work expresses the premise of the toy. Creativity, production and degree of complexity are all considered.

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76 Outstanding Mobile App – Best Voiceover This category is limited to a single work sample (work for hire) where the voiceover serves the purposes of a Mobile App experience, and where the Mobile App has been publicly distributed within the eligibility period. The entrant must submit a video demonstrating the use of the app, where the audio is clearly heard and the jurors can see clearly how the voice enlivens or makes possible functionality of the app. It is the voice work that is judged, not the demonstration video. However, a low quality video production could impact the jurors’ ability to fully assess your entry.  (ENGLISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
77 Outstanding Radio Imaging – Best Spanish Voiceover This category judges the qualitative impact of radio imaging, where the work is for hire and has been distributed via radio or web within the eligibility period. The work can contain a single genre for a single station, or include multiple works and genres across different stations.  (SPANISH LANGUAGE ONLY)
78 Outstanding Radio Imaging – Best Voiceover This category judges the qualitative impact of radio imaging, where the work is for hire and has been distributed within the eligibility period. The work can contain a single genre for a single station, or include multiple works and genres across different stations.
79 Best Web Site Any Web site pertaining to the topic of voice acting. This includes self-promotion for voice talent, voice actor fan sites, and any site where voice acting is a primary feature or topic of the site’s content, e.g., anime, animation, video gaming and audiobooks. The site must feature audible voice acting samples and/or content as a primary feature of its purpose. Work is judged on Design, Creativity, Intuitive Functionality, Ease of Navigation and Production Quality. The work entered must have been publicly distributed within the eligibility period. Graphic design, functionality, voiceover content and marketing effectiveness are judged. ENGLISH AND SPANISH IS ACCEPTED.
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80 Entrants must submit a video demonstration of the AI device being used by a person. Entrants may submit any electronic, digital or wireless device whereby the recorded human voice or Natural Language Generation (NLG) voice is used to assist users requesting information that is spoken in plain language and emitted by the device. NLG is defined as the use of artificial intelligence AI programming to produce written or spoken narrative from a dataset. NLG is related to areas of AI concerned with human-to-machine and machine-to-human interaction. The human voice may be used by itself or in combination with a computer generated voice. NOTE: in this category, it is possible and expected that the human voice may be competing against purely computer generated voices. The work entered must have been publicly distributed within the eligibility period. Clarity of speech, creativity, functionality and human sensibility are judged. **ENGLISH AND SPANISH IS ACCEPTED.
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*Additional information and categories, not defined here, will be available  within the Award Entry Portal. Only the categories appearing within the Award Entry Portal are available for entrants. Please note that some categories from previous years may now be combined.

§ DISCLAIMER: Please note that nominees and winners in this category will be acknowledged online at SOVAS.com, listed in SOVAS press releases, and published in the event program distributed at the Voice Arts® Awards Gala. However, due to strict time constraints, the winner in this category will not be called to the stage during the Voice Arts® Awards Gala. Instead, the winner’s name will be announced from the stage and professional photos will be taken of the winner on the red carpet with the award in hand. All nominees will receive commemorative lapel pins.