CMSA Spotlight Awards

Award FAQs

Q: When does Award Submissions open?
March 15, 2013. A complete set of rules and categories will be posted on or before March 15, 2013.

Q: May I nominate an entry if I don’t own it or did not create it?
A: Yes, but you must have permission from the Nominee to submit their work.

Q: How much does it cost to submit a nomination?
A: Entries are $10 per submission, payable online via credit card or Paypal.

Q: What's the submission deadline?
All submissions are due by midnight on April 20, 2013.

Q:  Why are submissions limited to Showcase CMSs?
  As support grows for CMSs, we will expand the list of awards and categories as well!

Q: How will I know if my submission was received?
All submissions will be acknowledged once CMSA has received both the submission and payment. You will be contacted by preferred contact type that was given on the submission form. If you do not receive confirmation within 1 week of submission, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Linda [at]

Q: If I submit, and then make changes, can I send in a revised form?
No, once a piece of work is submitted, it can not be altered, although it can be cancelled if needed.

Q: When is payment due?
Payment is due together with the Submission Form, at the time of submission, and will NOT be considered by judges until payment is received. 

Q: Do I need to attend the CMS Expo in order to SUBMIT a piece of work?
A: No, you do not need to be present to submit or to win, however, we would love to have you, or a representative at the celebration! That said, attendance is not a condition of submission, nor winning.

Q: Do I need to be present at the CMSA Spotlight Awards Celebration to win?
A: No, all winners will be announced at CMS Expo, and official notification of winners will be on or by May 30, 2013 by the Submitter's preferred method of contact. We would love to have you or a representative present at the Celebration but it is not a condition of winning.

Q: How do I get a ticket to attend the CMSA Spotlight Awards Celebration?
A: A one-day pass or full registration to the 2013 CMS Expo includes one ticket to the CMSA Spotlight Awards Celebration.  Additional tickets to the Spotlight Awards ceremony, held LIVE at the Hotel Orrington, are free and can be obtained by calling (888) 804-9525. Tickets for the celebration must be requested by May 10, 2013.

Q: I do not want anyone else to see my piece of work except for the judges.
A: Don't submit any work if you (or the Entrant) do not want it seen. All submissions will be seen by CMSA staff, judges and the public. Additionally, all Entrants grant CMSA to use the imagery from the submission for promotional and communication purposes to spotlight the most talented professionals in the CMS Community. All submissions may be displayed at CMS Expo and included in advertising and PR. Non-disclosure agreements are also not accepted, nor enforceable. Simple answer: Don't submit it if you don't want it seen. ;)

Q: How are judges selected?
A: CMSA staff interviews and selects professionals who are qualified and appropriate to judge the Entries. That means CMSA Spotlight Awards judges are professional, respected and free from conflicts of interest.

Q: What if I have further questions or difficulties submitting an Entry?
A: Please contact CMS Expo Co-Host, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at Linda [at] or call toll-free: 1-888-804-9525.

View the complete set of rules and categories.


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