SAVE THE DATES
July 8th at 12 p.m. - July 29th at 11:59 p.m.
August 19th at 12 p.m. - September 9th at 11:59 p.m.
Issue will be released early at the party
How wasn’t I nominated? I don’t understand. But I’m the best! You must hate us.
It’s important to keep in mind that the nominations you’re able to vote on during the voting period are submitted by the PUBLIC. We held a month-long nominations period in July where we accepted more than 40,000 nominations! If you didn't see yourself for a category you *swear* you should be nominated for, it’s only because you didn’t nominate yourself or someone must have forgotten to nominate you. We promise we value your contribution to the community!
When will 2021 nominations begin?
We will hold an open nominations period in the summer of 2021. Check back for additional information.
So, the nominations are submitted by the public? Does Creative Loafing choose any awards?
Yes! Best of the Bay is split up into two sets of awards: Readers’ Picks and Critics’ Picks. The Readers’ Picks Awards (what YOU get to vote on) are submitted and voted on by the public; the person/place/business/thing/etc. with the most votes in that specific category walks away with that title for 2021. The Critics’ Pick Awards are curated awards selected by Creative Loafing staff. We do not accept nominations for these awards and, instead, are some of our staff’s favorite things about the Tampa Bay area right now.
How will I know if I win? How will you contact me? I won last year and didn’t know!
After voting ends, we do our best to gather contact information for all winners. We will contact all finalists via e-mail and all winners will be revealed in the Best of the Bay print and digital issue of Creative Loafing.
So, if I receive an e-mail that I won, that has to mean I won “Best (fill in the blank)” for the Readers’ Picks, right?!
Fingers crossed, but not necessarily! You could have won a Critics’ Pick, so get excited that you won, and you’ll have to wait until the issue is released to see WHAT you won! Readers’ Pick Winners, along with this year's Critics’ Picks, will be revealed in the Best of the Bay print and digital issue of Creative Loafing.
Will CL be hosting an Awards Party this year?
Yes! The party is on for 2021. Stay tuned for additional details, and get ready to party with the best!