Emmy Statue


The Heartland Emmy® Awards Competition opens December 15, 2022 for work produced and intended for an audience in this region, and which had its first distribution during calendar year 2022. Any and all distribution platforms are eligible: television, cable, internet, satellite, antenna – as long as the video was intended for a local Heartland audience.

Make sure your membership is up to date for 2023, to guarantee discounted entry fees. Take a look at the last year’s Emmy® recipient videos, and start compiling your best work.

The deadline for submissions and payment is Friday, February 3. Video may be uploaded through Friday, February 10.

ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE MADE THROUGH YOUR ACCOUNT IN Emmy® EXPRESS – either your Member account or your Guest Account.

The Seven Weeks of Emmy® Entry begins NOW as we welcome submissions to the 2023 Heartland Emmy® Awards Competition.
With over 150 categories in News, Programs, Sports, Spot Announcements, Crafts and Special Achievement, your work will find a place to shine!

What’s the process?
Entries are made via your account (Membership or Guest) in Emmy® Express. You have til Friday, February 3, 2023 to submit and pay; upload your video by 2/10. Then your entry goes out to peer judges around the country who look at Content, Creativity and Execution for each video. Nominations are announced late in May, and the Awards Galas (Denver and Oklahoma City) take place on Saturday, July 15, 2023.

What’s eligible?
Video that was produced and intended for a Heartland audience, and that had its first distribution in calendar year 2022. We accept video distributed on any — yes, ANY platform!

What’s New?

  • We’ve got short winner clips from last year’s gala — for everyone who’s every asked, “Can I see what won last year?
  • Oklahoma City has been reclassified (for entry purposes) as Medium Market, which reduces your entry fee on every submission!
  • Category Changes: 154  separate categories in 2023! Both English and Spanish language submissions are welcome in all categories. Scroll down for the list of new categories.

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