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How To Submit Your Product


Sorry, but we are No Longer Accepting 2024 Entries. After 13 years, we are taking a break to recharge and revamp. Thank you for your understanding.

  1. Complete our Online Application and pay the appropriate fees (shown below).
  2. Send three or four (3-4) samples of each product submitted to the address on the application.
    If you send us four samples we may promote your product via one of our viral giveaways!

Award Benefits

Basic Entry



Digital Award Seals (no licensing fee with lifetime usage rights)
Dedicated web page for your product on
Links from to your web site
Reviewer highlight testimonials / panelist quotes
Product advertising on Blogger Advocate sites
Winner's list sent directly to 20,000+ parent & teacher subscribers
Winner's list sent directly to 1,400+ toy, media, and book resellers
Winner's list sent directly to 10,000+ newspaper/magazine editors
Product promotion on the Award Winner Category page
Winners certificate for display purposes
Guaranteed Product Exposure — even if your entry does not win! $1000 value $3000 value
Run-of-Site Banner Ads on 2 months 4 months
Product Review Blog Post by Influential Blogger (reach 25,000+) 1 blog 3 blogs
Banner Ad in Smart Media & Toy Newsletter (20,000+ subscribers)
Featured Product listing on homepage 2 months 4 months
Product Spotlight listing on homepage 3 months
Dedicated eBlast (20,000+ teacher & parent subscribers)
Boosted Social Media Post

Entry Fees

$400 USD
per product
$800 USD
per product
$2,400 USD
per product

Winners may use the seal on packaging, web sites, and advertising materials. There is no added fee for a high resolution version of the award seal, unlike many other awards companies.

Contact Us for a quote if you are submitting 5 or more products

View our Awards Calendar for submission and announcement dates.

Signup for our Call for Entries Announcements.


Payment of Entry Fees
Entry fees may be paid by VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, PayPal, check, money order or wire transfer. Upon request we will provide you with a paid receipt (proof of payment) after paying via Paypal.
Payment by Check/Money Order/Wire Transfer
Please send one check or money order for all entry fees made payable in U.S. funds to Academics' Choice. Returned checks will be subject to a $30 fee. Contact us for wire transfer details.
Notification Process
Announcements will be sent via e-mail to the contact listed on the entry form. 


Submission and Announcement Dates

The Academics' Choice Awards™ are announced in the spring, summer, and fall seasons.

Submitted October 2 – March 12: Results announced end of April (Spring).

Submitted March 13 – June 30: Results announced mid-to-late August (Summer).

Submitted July 1 – October 1: Results announced end of November (Fall).

Submissions may be rolled into subsequent review/announcement periods to give ample time for evaluation and reviewer assignment. Entries are accepted year-round.


Additional Services/Products:

These additional services/products may be purchased separately only after winning an award.

  • One Dedicated eBlast (20,000+ teacher & parent subscribers). Price: $1000
  • Run-of-Site Banner Ad for two (2) months. Price: $450
  • Featured Spotlight Ad in one (1) monthly newsletter. Price: $350
  • Award Spotlight on homepage for two (2) months. Price: $150
  • Banner Ad in one (1) newsletter. Price: $150
  • Special Featured Ad in one (1) newsletter. Price $150
  • Featured Product listing on homepage for two (2) months. Price: $50
  • 100 Award Seal Stickers. Price: $50 (call or email for volume orders)

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Submission Guide

The products accepted are not limited to the categories shown on the site. We welcome thoughtful suggestions.

We accept digital product submissions. All submissions must be complete; we do not accept prototypes, drafts, et cetera. Submissions are not limited by date of copyright (old or new material may be submitted). Products must not contain violence, x-rated content, gender or racial bias, or any illegal content according to US law.

Please Note: Product evaluations and scoring specifics, except for voluntary review highlights, are proprietary and will not be released. Reviewer identities will not be revealed. Submissions will not be returned and submission fees will not be refunded.

Resubmissions are not allowed unless the product has been upgraded, or significantly improved.

The hundreds of products that are not chosen by the Academics’ Choice Awards team (and many that are chosen) are donated to a variety of worthy charities and other organizations.

We offer scholarship opportunities for nonprofits and young mind-builders. We provide financial assistance for inventors, developers, authors and entrepreneurs who have a desire to enter the awards program. There is a standardized application process, with full and partial scholarships available for those who qualify. Contact us for more information.


Earn the Academics' Choice Award symbol of excellence and proudly stand out from your competition.

Start the online application.