Submissions Open for Institutional Award
Submissions for the annual PEABODY INSTITUTIONAL AWARD is open January 20 – March 8, 2021. Click here to read the full guidelines and submit an entry.
The Institutional Award is a distinctive honor that recognizes media institutions and organizations, as well as series and programs, for their longstanding body of work and the impact of their contributions to media programming and the cultural landscape. Recent winners include The Simpsons, 60 Minutes, Sesame Street, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Kartemquin Films, FRONTLINE, and ITVS.
The deadline for all other Peabody Awards category entries has passed. The guidelines below are meant for reference purposes to the 2020 Awards entry cycle and will be updated next year. We look forward to considering your projects in a future cycle.
2020 AWARDS GUIDELINES
1. Eligibility Requirements
2. Changes to the 2020 Cycle
3. Submissions and Deadlines
4. Entry Fees
5. Changes to the Web/Interactive Category
6. Awards Categories
7. Starting the Application & Selecting the Category
8. How Many Episodes to Submit in the Application
9. Technical Requirements for Materials
10. International Entries
11. Calendar of Deadlines and Announcements
12. PDF preview of 2020 Application
1.1. The Peabody Awards honor a diverse range of stories from television and streaming media, radio and podcast, and online platforms. Nominees and winners are named in these categories:
1. Documentary (TV/Video)
2. Entertainment (TV/Video)
3. News (TV/Video)
4. Children’s/Youth (TV/Video)
5. Public Service (TV/Video)
7. Arts (new as of 10/26/20; See Section 2.6 and Section 7.5 for description and examples)
8. Multimedia (produced for online/web platform; See Section 5 for changes to the former Web/Interactive category)
1.2. Print media and wide theatrical film releases are not eligible. For any questions about films released both in theaters and on streaming platforms, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.3. Films (documentary and scripted) with limited theatrical releases or appearing in film festivals outside the time period below should contact email@example.com for approval.
1.4. All programs must have premiered or be scheduled to premiere between January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
1.5. If the program premiered in a country other than the U.S. during a different time period and had its U.S. premiere broadcast subsequently in 2020, it is eligible as long as it has not been submitted previously for Peabody consideration.
1.6. International submissions for television programming are eligible. Please see section below on additional application requirements for programs produced in a language other than English.
1.7. At this time, we are unable to consider radio/podcast or multimedia submissions produced in a language other than English.
1.8. Producing individuals and network/platform companies should consult each other prior to submission to avoid duplicating entries. Duplicate entries will be considered once and there will be no refund of fees.
1.9. Peabody reserves the right to disqualify any application that does not meet any of the guidelines set here within.
2.1. The Submissions Deadline calendar is different than years past, ending in December. See Section 3.
2.2. The Entry Fees structure is now based on category. See Section 4.
2.3. The previous Peabody category of “Web/Interactive” is now the “Multimedia” category. See Section 5 for definitions and eligibility.
2.4. Updated guidelines to include information about broader eligibility of films (both documentary and scripted). See 1.2. and 1.3. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions. (9/29/20)
2.5. Entertainment category description updated. See 7.5.b. (9/29/20)
2.6. A new Arts category is announced encompassing productions in both radio/podcast and television. The Arts category is appropriate for films, series, podcasts, radio programs, or one-time specials in the presentation, appreciation, or history of the arts, including but not limited to: documentary films or podcasts on music or art, musical theater, dance or ballet performances, plays, concerts. See examples in 7.5 or contact email@example.com for further guidance. Arts entries should be submitted only once. For example, do not submit in the Arts category, and then separately in Television-Documentary category. (10/26/20)
2.7. Definition of the Public Service category has been updated to specify: “Projects designed to address or respond to public concerns or issues, designed to enhance public engagement, or designed primarily to educate the public or enhance learning.” (10/26/20)
2.8 For Radio/Podcast interview/conversational series and for Entertainment Unscripted shows, we have clarified that entrants are welcome to submit more than the minimum number of required episodes. See 8.3.d. and 8.5.b. (11/12/20)
3.1. All entries must be submitted online through our platform.
3.2. The submission period is October 1 to December 16, 2020 (11:59pm PT) for completed works that have premiered in 2020 or are slated to premiere by December 31, 2020.
3.3. To submit a program that is produced during the period of December 16-31, 2020 and airs by the end of 2020, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions to submit as soon as possible and no later than December 31, 2020. The earlier you contact us, the more time you will have to submit.
a. Examples: breaking news coverage, live local news reporting, live town hall, interviews.
3.4. To submit an episode/segment that is produced during the period of December 16-31, 2020 and airs by the end of 2020 as part of a larger entry, contact email@example.com as soon as possible and no later than December 31, 2020 to have the new material added.
a. Examples: Saturday Night Live, daily or late night talk shows
b. All other episodes and components of the application must be submitted by the December 16 deadline.
4.1. Fees are set by category. The fee for an individual entry submitted in accordance with the deadlines listed above is as follows (USD):
a. Radio and Podcast: $450.00
b. Documentary Series, (single film or docuseries with more than 2 episodes, ex. Surviving R. Kelly): $800.00
c. Documentary Film (a single film with no more than 2 episodes): $650.00
d. Entertainment: $800.00
e. News: $600.00
f. Children’s/Youth: $600.00
g. Public Service: $600.00
h. Multimedia: $600.00
i. Arts Radio and Podcast: $450.00
j. Arts Television/Video follow the fees by genre listed above (b through g)
4.2. There will be a late period extension ending at 9:00am PT on Friday, December 18, 2020. Each late entry will be assessed a $300 late fee.
4.3. Fees are paid via major credit card in the submission system.
4.4. Refunds are not provided once an entry has been submitted.
5.1. The previous Peabody category of “Web/Interactive” is now the “Multimedia” category.
a. Eligibility: Online platform media pieces that employ multiple modes of storytelling (e.g. audio-visual, text, images,
data mapping, interactivity components) working together to create a single comprehensive user experience of the story.
b. Examples of past winners: Hell and High Water, Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek
5.2. The Multimedia category is not meant for separate productions with related materials (e.g. a TV show and its official podcast). If you have projects with related material that fit in more than one category, see 6.3 below for guidance.
5.3. If your entry is simply in a video format that is distributed on a webpage and does not employ any other modes of storytelling as part of the user experience, please submit it in the television/video category that best fits the genre.
5.4. If your project employs other digital modes or technologies for user experience in storytelling (e.g. immersive virtual/audio reality, apps, social media, location-based entertainment, gaming, projects that require the use of an external equipment such as a headset), do not submit in this awards cycle. There will be a separate cycle for Peabody consideration in the future for these projects. Join our newsletter list to receive the announcement.
6.1. Peabody accepts submissions in the following categories. For further descriptions, see 7.5.
1. Documentary (TV/Video)
2. Entertainment (TV/Video)
3. News (TV/Video)
4. Children’s/Youth (TV/Video)
5. Public Service (TV/Video)
7. Arts (encompassing both radio/podcast and tv/video entries, new as of 10/26/20; See Section 7.5 below for examples).
8. Multimedia (see Section 5 for changes to the former Web/Interactive category)
6.2. A single program is limited to one category of entry. Example: A TV program cannot be submitted both in News and in Public Service.
6.3. Projects with related material that fit more than one category can submit in separate categories for separate consideration. Example: A TV series that has a podcast can submit the show in entertainment category, and the podcast in the radio/podcast category.
a. If you feel your entry is a collective media project that you wish to submit for single consideration, you should
submit it in the category you feel best represents the stronger vehicle in the telling of the story. Any related material
should be submitted in the Supplemental section of the entry application.
b. TV programs and podcasts do not generally qualify for the Multimedia category.
c. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you feel you need further guidance.
6.4. As noted in 5.4, if your project employs other digital modes or technologies for user experience in storytelling (e.g. immersive virtual/audio reality, apps, social media, location-based entertainment, gaming, projects that require the use of an external equipment such as a headset), do not submit in this awards cycle. There will be a separate cycle for Peabody consideration in the future for these projects. Join our newsletter list to receive the announcement.
6.5. Arts entries should be submitted only once. For example, do not submit in the Arts category, and then separately in Television-Documentary category.
7.1. A PDF Preview of the 2020 application form is available below, see 12.
7.2. All entrants must submit the entirety of their application online. We do not accept hard copies or physical media.
7.3. Once you have created an entry, you may save it within the system and return to work on it again before you submit. As noted in 9.3., you should not use multiple browsers or tabs to work on the application or upload materials simultaneously as you will your changes.
7.4. Entrants will first select the format in which the program aired or was distributed: Radio/Podcast or Television/Video (e.g. broadcast, streaming, OTT, web series, etc.) or Multimedia
7.5. For Radio/Podcast or Television/Video submissions, entrants will then select one of these categories:
a. Documentary: In-depth examination of local, national, or international issues and/or of contemporary or historic events.
b. Entertainment: Series, films, and programs in presentation of drama, comedy, variety, sports, stand-up, reality programming, etc.
c. News: Reporting, investigation, interpretation, spot coverage, and commentary on news events.
d. Children’s/Youth Programming: Series, programs, or projects primarily intended for children (2-11) or youth (12-17).
e. Public Service: Projects designed to address or respond to public concerns or issues, designed to enhance
public engagement, or designed primarily to educate the public or enhance learning.
f. Arts: Films, series, podcasts, radio programs, or one-time specials in the presentation, appreciation, or history of
the arts, including but not limited to: documentary films or podcasts on music or art, musical theater, dance or
ballet performances, plays, concerts. Examples include:
- Documentary: Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men (Showtime, 2019); The Jazz Ambassadors (PBS, 2018); Tyrus (PBS, 2018)
- Podcasts: Aria Code (WQXR and The Metropolitan Opera)
- Entertainment: Beyoncé’s Lemonade (HBO, 2016); Great Performances (WNET)
7.6. We do not accept public entries for our distinguished Career Achievement at this time. Public entries for the Institutional Award will open soon. Guidelines will be available on this website beginning December 18.
8.1. Entrants should use these guidelines to understand how many episodes they should submit. These guidelines are not award categories. See 6.1 above for the award categories in which you can enter.
8.2. Media files must be uploaded directly to the submission portal for consideration. We are unable to accept physical drives/CDs, FYC links, or other downloadable links (e.g. Vimeo) in place of an uploaded file.
8.3. Radio/Podcast Episodes
a. Program Series with distinct, standalone episodes: Submit a single episode as an individual entry. (e.g. This American
Life: Anatomy of Doubt, episode 581)
b. Narrative Series: Submit all episodes from a single season in the 2020 calendar year as one entry. (e.g. Serial)
c. News: Submit a single story in its entirety. If the story involved continuing coverage, applicants may submit
one file comprised of the entirety of the initial piece followed by extensive excerpts from subsequent coverage
that best represent the story’s evolution.
d. Interview, Panel Discussion, Conversational Series: Submit what you feel are the strongest 6-8 episodes from a single
season that were released in the 2020 calendar year as one entry. Entrants are welcome to submit more than the
minimum number of episodes. (e.g. Fresh Air with Terry Gross)
8.4. Documentary Television/Video
a. Film: Submit each film in its entirety as one entry.
b. Miniseries: Submit all episodes as part of one entry (e.g. O.J.: Made in America)
c. Documentary Program Series with distinct, standalone episodes: Submit a single episode as an individual entry.
(e.g. POV: The Apology; Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel: The Killing Fields)
8.5. Entertainment Television/Video
a. Scripted: Submit all episodes from a single season in the 2020 calendar year as one entry.
b. Unscripted (e.g. talk shows, late night shows, game shows): Submit what you feel are the strongest 6-8 episodes from a
single season that were released in the 2020 calendar year as one entry. Entrants are welcome to submit more than the
minimum number of episodes.
c. Contact email@example.com if you need further guidance.
8.6. News Television/Video
a. News programming, local or national: Submit a single story in its entirety. If the story involved continuing
coverage, applicants may submit one file comprised of the entirety of the initial piece followed by extensive
excerpts from subsequent coverage that best represent the evolution of the story.
b. News Program Series with distinct standalone episodes: Submit a single episode as an individual entry (e.g. 60 Minutes:
Memories of a Massacre)
8.7. Children’s/Youth follows the same guidelines as Entertainment.
8.8. Public Service follows the same guidelines as News.
8.9. Arts Radio/Podcast entries follow the same guidelines listed in 8.3.
8.10. Arts Television/Video entries follow the same guideline listed in 8.4 through 8.8.
9.1. We do not accept FYC links, zipped files, or watermarked files. All materials must be uploaded to the application.
9.2. We do not accept physical screeners or CDs. All materials must be uploaded to the application.
9.3. Do NOT open multiple browser tabs or use different browsers to try uploading multiple files at the same time. Doing so will result in lost materials and work.
9.4. You must submit materials in these formats:
a. Video: MP4 - 1080p SD or HD, H.264 preferred
b. Audio: MP3 – Stereo or Mono
c. Images: PNG (preferred), JPG/JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF
d. Documents: PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT
9.5. Episode/program files must be uploaded individually unless a news compilation.
9.6. Individual files up to 20 GB each will be accepted.
9.7. Please be aware that it may take some time for the file to upload, especially if you are on an internet connection with limited bandwidth such as public WiFi. For reference, a standard one-hour program does not need to be more than 6 GB in size.
9.8. All honorees will be contacted for broadcast/hi-res quality footage after nominees are announced.
10.1. Peabody welcomes submissions from outside the U.S. in the television/video and radio/podcast categories. Submissions in television/video must meet 10.2. Submissions in radio/podcast must be produced primarily in English; see 10.3.
10.2. If the program is in a language other than English, it must include subtitles in English to ensure our ability to give the piece full consideration. Transcripts and written translations may be provided as supplemental material, but the subtitles are required.
10.3. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept submissions produced entirely in a language other than English for the radio/podcast category.
October 1, 2020
December 16, 2020 at 11:59pm PT
December 17-18, 2020 at 9:00am PT
Late Submissions Period
January 5, 2020 at 11:59pm PT
Deadline to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for programming produced Dec. 16-31, 2020; See 3.3 and 3.4 above
April to June 2021
Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony
(full schedule TBA)
A PDF preview of the 2020 Application is available here.