Voices of the Year (VOTY) Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you're new to BlogHer annual conferences and have no idea what the Voices of the Year ("voh-tee" or #VOTY as we like to call it) is, or you know, but have never actually submitted content for consideration: We have answers for you. If you don't see your question addressed here, please ask it in the comments!
Who can submit content? Anyone! You are welcome, in fact encouraged, to submit your own work, as well as your favorite online content by others.
Do I need to be registered for the conference to submit content or be selected as a #VOTY honoree or Community Keynote reader? No, you don't. Anyone can be honored -- conference attendee or not. And we will invite Community Keynote readers, regardless of whether they're already registered for the conference or not too.
How long do I have to submit? The earlier you submit your posts, the better. See this year's VOTY post for the exact deadline.
What is the date range for eligible submissions? Any content published online in the year preceding the conference is eligible for Voices of the Year.
Do more submissions of the same thing mean more chances for inclusion? Not at all. We have multiple committee members reviewing each submission very carefully, so each submission gets reviewed by at least two people. However, each submission gets reviewed the same number of times, even if it is submitted by multiple people . So one submission is all that is needed.
What if I already read during a past Community Keynote? You can still be honored as one of the Voices of the Year honorees, so submit away. Reading as part of the Community Keynote, however, is a once-in-a-lifetime honor reserved for new voices each year.
What happens if I am honored, but not chosen to read? We honor all Voices of the Year at the annual conference. New for this year every single honoree will receive a comp ticket for the conference. (If you have already purchased your ticket and are honored, we will refund your fee.) Each of the honorees who attends the conference will have specially reserved seats at the Community Keynote and will be invited onstage at the close of the keynote to take a bow and have photos taken. Additionally, honorees will be spotlighted online and during the Voices of the Year Reception immediately following the keynote.
What if my submission is visual or video or viral, instead of words? We love everything that the Internet offers, so we have expanded our categories to allow for you to submit eveyrthing from a photo to a video to a hashtag that made real impact. Please review this year's Call for Submissions post to read about the new categories being honored for this year.
Who chooses the Voices of the Year ? Winners are selected by a committee of past Voices of the Year and BlogHer, SheKnows, and StyleCaster staff. Please see this year's VOTY post for a list of this year's judges.
Rita Arens is the author of the young adult novel The Obvious Game & the deputy editor of BlogHer.com. Find more at www.ritaarens.com.