Submission Guidelines

Any series, reality series, talk show, limited series, docuseries, or television movie is eligible to be nominated if released on a broadcast network, cable, or streaming digital platform, in the United States, between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021.

HCA TV Awards Categories

  • Best Animated Series or Animated Television Movie
  • Best Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama
  • Best Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy
  • Best Broadcast Network or Cable Reality Series, Competition Series, or Game Show
  • Best Broadcast Network or Cable Sketch Series, Variety Series, Talk Show or Comedy/Variety Special
  • Best Broadcast Network or Cable Docuseries, Documentary Television Movie, or Non-Fiction Series
  • Best Broadcast Network or Cable Limited Series, Anthology Series or Live-Action Television Movie
  • Best Streaming Series, Drama
  • Best Streaming Series, Comedy
  • Best Streaming Reality Series, Competition Series, or Game Show
  • Best Streaming Sketch Series, Variety Series, Talk Show, or Comedy/Variety Special
  • Best Streaming Docuseries, Documentary Television Movie, or Non-Fiction Series
  • Best Streaming Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Live-Action Television Movie
  • Best Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama
  • Best Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy
  • Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Drama
  • Best Actor in a Streaming Series, Comedy
  • Best Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie
  • Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama
  • Best Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy
  • Best Actress in a Streaming Series, Drama
  • Best Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy
  • Best Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Television Movie
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Series, Drama
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Streaming Series, Comedy
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Drama
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Drama
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Broadcast Network or Cable Series, Comedy
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Streaming Series, Comedy
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie
*All streaming categories will have 5 nominees each. All other categories will have 6 nominees each.

Streaming Platform Submission Info

To submit as a series, reality series, talk show, limited series, docuseries, anthology series, or a television movie, the content must be original programming that is exclusive to the streaming platform. This content should not be available anywhere else. For example, shows that air on FX but are available the next day on Hulu do not qualify as streaming titles. Current streaming platforms that are eligible for nominations (more to be added as original/exclusive content is created on other streaming platforms):

  • Amazon Prime
  • Apple TV+
  • Discovery+
  • Disney+
  • ESPN+
  • HBO Max
  • Hulu
  • Netflix
  • Paramount+
  • Peacock
  • Shudder
  • YouTube

Submission Checklist

All entrants must submit the following materials:

  • Basic information about the selected video entry (title, episode premiere date, episode number, season, platform, studio contact info, production company, etc.).
  • A brief plot description of the content being submitted.
  • A promotional still image.
  • At least one video submission of a series, reality series, talk show, limited series, docuseries, or television movie for consideration.
Ways to submit videos:
  • Provide a digital link to access the screener.
  • Provide an FYC app or website with all required login information
  • Upload the video and share it to Submissions@HollywoodCriticsAssociation.com using WeTransfer, Dropbox, or Google Drive.
  • Video Quality: 720p, 1080p or 4K
  • Video Format: MP4 or MOV
  • Audio Codec: Stereo or 5.1 Sound
  • The file size should be under 10GB.
  • The file name should include the name of the movie or series, episode number, season number, and the qualifying category being submitted for.
  • All video submissions should include beginning and end credits.
  • Closed Captioning is preferred

Entry Fees

  • $250 per series, reality series, talk show, limited series, anthology series, docuseries, or TV movie entry.
  • $75 per talent entry.
  • $325 for unlimited talent entry per series, limited-series, anthology series, or TV movie.
  • $450 Series/TV Movie/Limited/Anthology Series Package – This package includes one series, TV movie, anthology series, or limited series entry plus five acting entries. These can be mixed between multiple acting categories.

Dates and Deadlines

  • May 26, 2021: Entry deadline
  • June 25, 2021: Voting begins
  • July 2, 2021: Voting ends
  • July 14, 2021: Nominations revealed
  • July 21, 2021: Final voting begins
  • July 30, 2021: Final voting ends
  • August 22, 2021: HCA TV Awards Ceremony

Once you have completed all of your submissions, please contact Billing@HollywoodCriticsAssociation.com to arrange payment to be made via PayPal or credit card. If needed, we can also send over an invoice for you to submit payment by check.

Looking to get contact with our members? Please email our awards office at Awards@HollywoodCriticsAssociation.com so that one of our executive members can help assist you.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Please email Scott Menzel at smenzel@hollywoodcriticsassociation.com

All entry fees must be paid online by credit card by June 5, 2021. We can send you an invoice to pay via Paypal.