How Do I Enter?
Follow the step-by-step guide outlined below for a stress free entry process!
1. Read through the Categories
If you're thinking about submitting an entry, the best place to start is with the 2014 Award Categories. Don't just go by the category title - make sure you read through the rubrics carefully and check your eligibility.
2. Check the Conditions of Entry
You should also familiarise yourself with the Conditions of Entry.
3. Register/Log In via 'Make an Entry'
When you’ve decided on the category or categories, the first thing you need to do is to register or log in. Once you've done that, you can create, edit and update your entry/ies, right up until the closing date.
If you entered these Awards in 2012 or 2013, you'll be able to use the same log-in details and password and won't need to register - go straight to log in. If you've forgotten your password, please email us and we'll send you a reminder. If this is your first time entering these Awards, go straight to register.
4. Make your Entry
For each entry you submit, you will need to complete an entry form and upload audio, where required. Make sure you refer back to the rubrics for each category you are entering as requirements do vary from category to category.
Each entry you create will be saved in Pending Entries. While an entry is pending, you will be able to edit and save for later, print draft copies, clone or delete as you wish.
5. Entry Deadlines
For the majority of categories, you have until 5.00pm on Thursday 6th February 2014 to finalise your entries online. If you are entering one of the Station of the Year categories or Radio Brand of the Year, you have until 5.00pm on Friday 7th February 2014.
Hard copies of additional/supporting information (only permitted in certain categories, so make sure you check!) must reach us no later than Monday 10th February 2014.
6. Hard Copies and Entry Authorisation
You do NOT need to post hard copies of your entry paperwork, CDs of your audio or signed authorisations - the entire entry process can be completed entirely online. For some categories, entrants are permitted to send in additional supporting information over and above the online audio and entry form submission, but please refer to the individual category rubrics for further details as this does not apply to all categories. Additional info sent when not required, will not be sent out to the judges.
ALL entries must be authorised by the entrant’s Company Director/Station Manager, or person of similar seniority. You will be asked to submit the name and email address of the person to contact on the entry form. We'll do the rest. Please, please, please be sure that the contact information you supply is correct. It's also a good idea to let that person know to expect an email from us requesting their authorisation
IF you are an independent production company or producer submitting an entry, confirmation that the broadcasting station/company is aware and supportive of your entry is also required. As above, you supply us with the name and email address of the person to contact. And once again, please, please, please be sure that the contact information you supply is correct. It's also a good idea to let that person know to expect an email from us requesting their authorisation
IF you are an internet broadcaster you will be asked to confirm that all necessary third party rights and performance and/or music clearances have been attained.
6. Paying for your entry
Once you've completed the entry form and uploaded your audio, payment can be made online via Paypal. You do not need to have a Paypal account as you can also use any credit or debit card.
If you are a patron member of The Radio Academy or submitting 3 or more entries at the same time, you will also have the option of paying via invoice. You will need to supply us with a PO number and your invoice will be automatically generated when you finalise your entry and forwarded to you in an email. Please be sure to pass the invoice on to the relevant department for payment as soon as possible.
The closing date for entries is Thursday 6th February 2014 at 5.00pm. Please note if you are entering any of the Station of the Year categories or Radio Brand of the Year, you have until 5.00pm on Friday 7th February 2014 to complete and upload your entries.