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 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, Talk Show or Comedy/Standup 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 Broadcast Network or Cable Animated Series or Animated Television Movie

Best Streaming Series, Drama

Best Streaming Series, Comedy

Best Streaming Reality Series, Competition Series, or Game Show

Best Streaming Sketch Series, Talk Show, or Comedy/Standup Special

Best Streaming Docuseries, Documentary Television Movie, or Non-Fiction Series

Best Streaming Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Live-Action Television Movie

Best Streaming Animated Series or Animated 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 Series, Drama 

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Comedy

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Television Movie

Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Drama

Best Supporting Actress in a 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.

How to Submit: 

Please visit our TV Submission page by clicking the submit button below. After clicking on the button, you will be prompted to register for an account.