Rules & Fees 2019-01-12T16:18:46+00:00
  • Society of Voice Arts and Sciences™ presents:


Voiceover Acting/Promotion/Marketing/Programming/Video Gaming

The following guidelines are designed to explain the CONTENT & MATERIALS that can be entered into each category. The Voice Arts® Awards celebrate the best practices in Voiceover Acting  Creative Direction, Production, Directing, Casting , Copywriting and Audio Engineering, throughout all facets of Programming Promotion, Marketing and gaming by way of the listed categories. 

Eligibility Period

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 have no restriction on the time frame in which the work was created.) 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.

Demo Reels are the exception to the rule in that they may be entered into the contest regardless of when they were created. There is no eligibility period restriction for a Demo Reel. However, Demo Reels 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 Therefore, it is not advisable to submit a Demo Reel that may be deemed outdated or obsolete.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.

Who Can Enter

Categories may be entered by an independent artist, (non-company) or by a company (Corporation, LLC, etc). The following list represents an example of company types but this list is not exhaustive. We accept entries from anywhere in the world in the English language and offer limited categories in Spanish. There is one exception as follows: The category known as OUTSTANDING BODY OF WORK – FOREIGN LANGUAGE excepts works in all languages.

  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. Cable/Satellite Platforms/Service Providers

  6. Local TV Stations

  7. Radio Stations

  8. Agencies/Vendors (Advertising, Talent, Casting, Creative, Marketing, etc.)

  9. Program Developers/Distributors/Syndicators

  10. Mobile Developers

  11. Gaming Developers

  12. Toy Manufacturers

What Can Be Entered

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 qualification details.

File Upload:

The term Video Upload encompasses all material submitted by way of the Voice Arts® Awards’ digital upload system. Please refer to the category descriptions for more information regarding the types of media required for each category.


  1. In the event that any individual category attracts fewer than 3 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.

  1. 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 and those credited on a winning entry are eligible to acquire the statue. Both winners and nominees are eligible to acquire plaques and certificates.

  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 awards given in that category.

  3. 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.

  4. ALL relevant permissions and copyrights are assumed to be cleared by the entrant.

  5. 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

  6. Entries submitted as a campaign must consist of a minimum of two advertisements utilizing two of the following media types: TV, Radio, WEB, In-theater, virtual reality, mobile apps and voice-assistant devices.

  7. 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, containing a majority of spoken word (narrated) content, duplicated and packaged for sale or distribution in any country in a digital format. It is not required that the original source of the Audiobook be derived from or based on a published book.

Entries first appearing in public between January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 are eligible for entry into the 2019 Voice Arts® Awards.

Independent Artists ( individuals not entering as a company), Marketing Executives, Voice Actors (union and non-union), Spoken Word Performers, video Gaming Companies Producers, Publishing Companies, Licensees/Distributors, Casting Agents, Casting Agencies, Talent Agents and Talent Agencies, National TV Networks, Local TV Stations, Regional TV Networks, Web-based Companies, Radio Stations, Radio Networks, Copywriters, Producers, Audio Engineers, Creative Directors, and other roles pertaining to the creation and/or production of works whereby voiceover is an essential component driving the creative, and where the work is released to the public during the period January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019,  may enter the Voice Arts® Awards competition. Qualifying “Work” or “Entries” are defined here by SOVAS™ to be recordings (video with sound, sound only) in the English or Spanish language. Specific criteria for each category is listed below.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY 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 for a paying client except for demo reels or pro bono work for charities and non-profit organizations. SOVAS™ retains the rights to disqualify entries which offend national, religious, cultural or racial sensibilities.


  • Super Early Bird – April 2, 2019  

  • Early Bird – June 4, 2019
  • Regular Price – August 1, 2019

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

    ENTRY FEES AND CHARGES* – US DOLLARS ONLY 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

Acceptable Entry Media:
* Fees are non-refundable, once the entries have been submitted.

  • Audio (MP3, WAV)

  • Video (MP4, MOV, H264 or ProRes)

  • Video files to be uploaded must be no more than 80mb.

CATEGORIES (not exhaustive):

Category Types

  • National TV (Commercials, Promos, PSAs, Narration, Sales)
  • Local TV (Commercials, Promos, PSAs, Narration, Sales)
  • Radio (Commercials, Promos, PSAs)
  • Spoken Word Performance (poetry, prose, storytelling, speeches)
  • Video Game
  • Animation
  • Narration
  • Trailers
  • Audiobooks
  • Political
  • Consumer Sales Video
  • Instructional
  • Demo Reels
  • Audio Podcast 
  • Anime 


(F) – Fiction / (NF) – Nonfiction / (F/NF) – Fiction or Nonfiction

AUTHOR PERFORMANCE (F/NF): Narration is performed by the book’s author in any genre.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY (F/NF): An autobiography is essentially a biography written by the person who is the subject – the author writes his or her own true life story and experiences. An Autobiography is an account of discovering one’s self through how and what they’ve themselves lived, imparting it to the reader. + Subgenres include – Memoirs (NOT AVAILABLE IN 2018 – SEE BIOGRAPHY)

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. Autobiography is included, as   the narrator’s performance is the sole consideration for the jurors to render their judgement. Biographical works are usually non-fiction, but fiction can also be used to portray a person’s life.

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.

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.

CHAPTER BOOKS (F/NF): The books in this genre are introduced to children in the last half of their 2nd grade year to early part of their 3rd grade year (ages 7-9). They are books that are slightly more complex that are broken down for sectional reading and ease of comprehension for children that are mastering their reading skills and need more of a challenge. Chapter books introduce children to the slightly more complex grammar and words they’ll be mastering for the “norms” of their age group and school grade level.

CLASSICS (F): A classic is accepted as being exemplary or noteworthy that has the ability to capture interests of generations of readers succeeding its creation.

EROTICA (F): The books in the erotic genre have subtle sexual innuendo up to explicit descriptions of sexual acts. They also contain taboo elements of sexual fantasy, homosexuality, sadomasochism, and fetishes. The stories are designed to arouse the reader by feeding and expanding their personal sexual fantasies. Erotica and Romance are considered separate categories. + Subgenres include: Gay Fiction, Lesbian Fiction

FANTASY (F): Fantasy genre stories revolve around magic or supernatural forces, rather than technology. 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 aren’t 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

HISTORICAL FICTION (F): The historical fiction genre places fictitious characters in real world places or events with several fictionalized/dramatized elements.

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.

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

INSPIRATIONAL / FAITH-BASED (F/NF): Books in the inspiration nonfiction genre often have 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.

LITERARY FICTION (F): Books in the Literary Fiction genre tend to be more “sophisticated” than books that are simply labeled as Commercial, Mainstream, or General Fiction. Literary Fiction often has several or all of the following characteristics: slower-paced, advanced vocabulary, poetic or flowery language, longer and more complex sentences, an unusual story structure and/or writing style, character-driven instead of plot-driven, complex themes, highly original and/or intellectual ideas, and not- so-simple and/or less-than-happy endings.  (NOT AVAILABLE IN 2018 – SEE FICTION)

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.

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

PARANORMAL (F): Books in the paranormal fiction genre are set in the real world, but they include experiences that defy scientific explanation. For example, stories set on earth that include things like angels, demons, ghosts, psychics, vampires, etc. + Subgenres include: Supernatural, Horror, Gothic Fiction, Monster Fiction, Ghost Story Fiction (NOT AVAILABLE IN 2018 – SEE FANTASY)

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.” Romance and Erotica are considered separate categories. + Subgenres include: ChickLit, Romantic Comedy, Womens Fiction

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, and Time Travel, LitRPG

SELF-HELP / HEALTH & WELLNESS(NF): 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’re about. Books in the health & wellness nonfiction genre are about the health and function of the human body and/r 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.

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.

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

*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.