COVR Visionary Awards Rules & Timeline

Welcome to the COVR Visionary Awards (also referred to as the “CVA’s”)! The awards program is managed by COVR Board Vice President & Awards Director, Alex Fernandez.

We encourage you to read the following rules closely, study the product categories, complete your application carefully, and submit timely your application, fee, and product sample(s). Unfortunately, no late entries will be accepted.

Please note: COVR cannot advise applicants in selecting categories or in submitting their entries.  

Because of the volume of inquiries we often receive during the Awards process, please email your questions to alex@covr.org. We will do our best to respond within 1-3 business days. No phone calls, please. 

COVR VISIONARY AWARDS SCHEDULE

  • The 2024 timeline for the COVR Visionary Awards will be as follows:
    • January 1st – 31st Early-bird entry period open! ($85 early-bird entry fee)
    • February 1st – March 22nd* Regular entry period open. ($95 entry fee)
    • March 22nd* Entries close — Entry forms must be received and product samples must be postmarked by the deadline date.
    • April 4th Voter’s Guide published.
    • April 10th Voting opens.
    • April 30th Voting closes.
    • May 6th Finalists announced.
    • Winners announced at the COVR Visionary Awards Banquet in June 2024

               *Deadline extended to March 22, 2024!

        

  • WHO CAN ENTER?: Publishers and distributors may enter any body of work from their catalog that meets all eligiblity requirements. Authors, manufacturers, jewelers, product makers, content creators, etc. for the Mind/Body/Spirit industry may also enter their own work so long as it meets all guidelines. If you choose to enter and nominate someone else’s work, please ensure that you have all necessary and legal permissions to submit an entry on the creator or publisher’s behalf. Authors or other creators who submit their work on their own behalf must still include the name of the publisher, record label, etc. unless it is a self-published entry.
  • ENTRY INFORMATION: You may not enter an entire product line, series, or brand; each submission must consist of a single product, item, or body of work (with the exception of the Book Series category). Please choose your samples, product photos, URL’s, and entry information carefully so that your entry best represents your work. Once submitted, all entries are final. All information will be copied exactly as it is submitted on the entry form. COVR cannot make changes or adjustments to photos or URLs once entries have closed and the Voter’s Guide has been published.
  • ENTRY SAMPLES: If your submission is available on the market in a physical format, then a sample must be sent. This also applies to AUDIO & VISUAL categories such as E-Books, Music, and Audio Books that are also available in print format. Samples must be postmarked by the deadline date in order to complete your entry submission.
  • JEWELRY PRODUCT SAMPLES: One-of-a-kind and fine jewelry items can be returned after they have been displayed in June but entrants must pay for return postage and must let COVR know that the item needs to be return before sending the sample.
  • PREVIOUS ENTRIES: A prior entry may not be entered again in any category except “Iconic” (once it reaches Iconic eligibility). This includes books, products, music, jewelry or content that has been substantially revised, updated, re-released, or later editions, even if released under a new publishing company or imprint. This applies to all previous entries whether or not they have won. Please refer to the COVR Visionary Awards entry form for further clarification.
  • ENTRY CATEGORGIES: COVR reserves the right to move an entry into another category if we believe it would be better suited there.
  • ENTRY LINKS: Entrants are responsible for maintaining all submitted URL’s. COVR will not fix, change, republish, or edit any entries whose URL’s include broken links. We encourage all entrants to submit links where voters may view and/or purchase the submitted product or media. For digital AUDIO & VISUAL entries we strongly encourage you to submit links where voters may view or listen to samples of your work.
  • ICONIC CATEGORIES: New or previous entries or revised or re-released or updated editions may enter the Iconic category according to the copyright year, but may only be entered one time into the Iconic category. Please note that Iconic entries are not eligible for People’s Choice, Industry Choice, or “Of the Year” awards. Entries submitted as Iconic products must have been introduced to the commercial market in 2020 or earlier.
  • “VISIONARY” CATEGORIES: Entries placed in the Visionary categories cannot enter any other categories.
  • ELIGIBLITY DATES: Applicants may submit books and products with a copyright and release date of either 2021, 2022, or 2023. AUDIO & VISUAL submission must have been in existence through 2023. Any submission not available to the commercial market during or before these dates will not be accepted for the 2024 COVR Visionary Awards.
  • AUDIO & VISUAL SAMPLES: All digital media must include a link to a sample of the submission. Please do not send or attach audio files.
  • INELIGIBLE ENTRIES: Any submission deemed ineligible by COVR will not be accepted. Any samples will not be returned once received. Any entrants that do not fully complete their entry before the deadline will have their entry disqualified and will not be refunded. Any entrant that chooses to withdraw their entry at any time once the form and payment have been submitted will not receive their entry fee refunded nor any samples returned.
  • STICKERS AND STATUES: Applicants agree that if they are selected for an award they may not create their own winner stickers or statues or their awards will be revoked without notice. There will be an optional charge for awards statues, award seals, additional certificates, and an optional Tier 2 licensing fee for use of the COVR digital awards image when imprinted on the product itself. By entering the COVR Visionary Awards, entrants agree to all these terms and conditions. These all can be found on the Tools for Winners page.
  • COVR MEMBERSHIP: All entrants should consider joining COVR prior to entry and prior to the beginning of the voting period.  COVR Members receive ONE ballot and are welcome to vote for any nominees they’d like, including their own if they’ve entered that year. COVR votes are weighted to account for 60% of the total votes and often determine the outcome of each category of entries. A large number of public, non-COVR votes cannot overcome a shortage of COVR Member votes; therefore, we encourage each entrant to consider joining COVR.  Membership benefits are substantial and are discussed on this website. The voting rules and procedures are also discussed on the Awards menu above. If you are a paid COVR member, you also may reach out one time during the voting period to educate other members about your entry. Paid members may use this form to Request a Member List.
  • VOTING RESULTS: At the end of the voting process, the results are calculated by both the Awards Director and President and/or other board member(s) to ensure accuracy. Once the results are confirmed and finalized, the finalists are announced. More information on this process can be found on the Judging & Voting page.
  • WINNER’S EVENT: Winners are announced at the COVR Visionary Awards Event in June. You will be notified in advance by email ahead of time if you are a finalist.

 

Revised March 15, 2024

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