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GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators is excited to announce the launch of our prestigious 2018 GWA Media Awards, the only national online media awards program for the gardening communications industry. Held annually for more than 20 years, the GWA Media Awards have recognized the top professional horticultural communicators­ in the areas of writing, photography, speaking, digital media, broadcast media, publishing and trade. This year's program features over 50 categories (View here). All works primarily focused on horticulture and gardening topics are eligible. All individuals, producers, and publishers may enter. GWA membership is not required, but GWA membership does qualify entrants for discounted entry fees.

For more than 20 years, GWA has conducted our annual awards program. Originally the Quill & Trowel Awards, the program expanded into the current GWA Media Awards. Throughout its evolution, the GWA awards program has maintained its primary goal of providing public recognition for excellence in gardening-related communications­ in all media.

2018 Awards Committee Co-Chairs: Dee Nash & Ellen Zachos


Award entries should be submitted in electronic form. However, books and magazines (in the Publisher category) are encouraged to be submitted in BOTH their digital and original published forms, submitted via mail or courier.


Only works first published and copyrighted between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017, are eligible for entry. The official copyright date will be the eligibility determinant. You do not need to be a GWA member to enter. Any writer, editor, publisher, producer, etc. may enter. Fees will be based upon the membership status of the award recipient only. GWA reserves the right to ­determine an entry ineligible if it is inconsistent with the goals and objectives of the organization. Entrants who submit a work in the wrong category will be asked to move it to the correct one.


Entries received before February 15, 2018 are eligible for a special early-bird discount of $25 off the standard entry fee per entry, and all entries must be received no later than April 2, 2018. Late entries will not be accepted.


A jury of professionals, selected for their experience, expertise and genre perspective, will be assembled to evaluate all entries. While judges may submit entries, they cannot submit entries in any category which they will judge in either the silver or gold rounds. Top entries from the first round of judging will be eligible for Silver Awards. The second round of judging, to determine Gold Awards, will include only Silver Award-winning entries..


Awards will be given at two levels: Silver Awards of Achievement and Gold Awards for Best Talent or Best Product, representing the best of each artistic category and the best of each product. Silver Awards will be announced May 2018. Winning entries will be displayed at the 2018 GWA Annual Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL, August 13-16, and presented during the Annual Awards & Honors Dinner, when the Gold Awards will be announced.