2021 Numismatic Literary Guild Awards Competition

Numismatic Literary Guild

2021 Award Categories & Rules

Please read the following rules and requirements carefully. Submissions that do not adhere to the rules may be disqualified.

  • All submitters must be paid-up members of the NLG as of May 1, 2021. Please do not send a membership application with your submissions, as it goes to a different address.
  • All submissions must have been published between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021.
  • Each copy of each entry must be accompanied by its own cover sheet. The sheet must include the applicable category and sub-category, the name and date of its publication and the name and contact information of the submitter. See the sample cover sheet below.
  • Please, no rubber bands or paper clips, as these may become separated in transit. Cover sheets should be stapled to the front of each entry, though exceptions will be made for hardcover books and non-printed media.
  • All submissions are to be sent to David W. Lange, Awards Coordinator, POB 110022, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211.
  • Submissions must be received by June 5, 2021 to be eligible for competition.

Sample Cover Sheet

CATEGORY 4b

NUMISMATIC COLUMNS

UNITED STATES COINS

Coins Coins Coins Journal

“The Coin Column”

June, 2020

February, 2021

April, 2021

John Q. Numismatist

POB 1234
Frostbite Falls, MN  56688

Jqn@coinland.net

Categories

1. BEST SPECIALIZED BOOKS (Three printed copies are required for each entry, unless the entry is an e-book exclusively)

      a. United States or Related Coins

      b. Ancient and Medieval Coins

      c. World Coins (1500 to Date)

      d. Paper Money

      e. Tokens & Medals

      f. Numismatic Investment or Marketplace

      g. Numismatic History or Personalities

2. BOOK OF THE YEAR (Books submitted in the specialized categories are automatically considered for Book of the Year, and submitting additional copies is not required.)

This is the printed or electronic media work having the greatest potential impact on numismatics. Criteria include overall reader appeal, research quality, photographic and graphic excellence, cover and typography where applicable.

3. NUMISMATIC FEATURE ARTICLES (Three copies are required for each entry.)

      a. United States Coins – Early (Coin types initiated before 1900)

      b. United States Coins – Modern (Coin types initiated after 1900)

      c. Ancient and Medieval Coins

      d. World Coins (1500 to Date)

      e. Paper Money

      f. Tokens & Medals

      g. Numismatic Investment or Marketplace

      h. Numismatic History or Personalities

           James L. Miller Memorial Award – Article or Story of the Year

(Articles submitted in the specialized categories are automatically considered for this award, and submitting additional copies is not required.)

4. NUMISMATIC COLUMNS (Three copies each of three different columns are required.)

      a. United States Coins – Early (Coin types initiated before 1900)

      b. United States Coins – Modern (Coin types initiated after 1900)

      c. Ancient or Medieval Coins

      d. World Coins (1500 to Date)

      e. Paper Money

      f. Tokens & Medals

      g. Numismatic Investment or Marketplace

      h. Numismatic History or Personalities

5. PERIODICALS (Three copies each of three different issues are required.)

      a. Best Investment Newsletter

Criteria include overall reader appeal, quality of research and writing, and graphics, as applicable.

      b. Best Professional Periodical

To be submitted by the publisher or editor of any daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual for-profit numismatic publication in the U.S. or overseas. Criteria include overall numismatic appeal, features, departments, graphics, journalistic and editorial excellence as applicable.

      c. Best Club or Not-for-Profit Periodical – Large Circulation

Open to any local, regional, national or international not-for-profit numismatic organization in the U.S. or overseas having a circulation of 5,000 or more per issue.

      d. Best Club or Not-for-Profit Periodical – Small Circulation

Open to any local, regional, national or international not-for-profit numismatic organization in the U.S. or overseas having a circulation of fewer than 5,000 per issue.

6. WEBSITES (Submit links to entry pages or three printed copies of selected entry pages.)

      a. Best Online News Website

      b. Best Dealer or Industry Website

      c. Best Non-Trade Website

This category is for web sites maintained by coin clubs and other non-commercial organizations and individuals devoted to the coin hobby.

      d. Best Numismatic Social Media Platform or Coin Collector Forum

The award will be presented for the best numismatic-themed page or feed posted on a collector forum site (or message board) or social media site such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google Plus. Entries will be judged based on the quality of articles, external links, and graphics posted. Audience engagement also will be considered by the judges..

      e. Best Blog

This award recognizes the best interactive blog that communicates information and personal commentaries about the numismatic hobby.

7. AUCTION OR FIXED-PRICE CATALOGS (Submit three copies of each entry.)

Criteria include cover design, overall eye appeal, format, graphics and layout, research and quality of description. Entries may be submitted by auction firm, auctioneer or cataloger. (NOTE: LIMIT OF ONE CATALOG FROM EACH AUCTION FIRM PER CATEGORY).

      a. Best U.S. Coin Auction Catalog

      b. Best World Coin Auction Catalog

      c. Best Paper Money Auction Catalog

      d. Best Book or Exonumia Auction Catalog

8. AUDIO-VIDEO

      a. Audio (Entries must include three standard-size CDs, flash/thumb drives or URLs)

Best audio presentation for a spot news story, a feature program or a continuing series involving numismatics.

      b. Video (Entries must include three standard-size DVDs, flash/thumb drives or URLs)

Best video presentation for a spot news story, a feature program or a continuing series involving numismatics.

      c. Still Photography (Entry must include three sets of five examples each in either hard copy or electronic format.)

This applies to both commercial and non-commercial photography of numismatic subjects, and entries may include examples of each.

      d. Software or App (For physical media three copies of the work need to be submitted.  For digitally distributed software or apps, three copies must also be provided, and if the entry is distributed on the Android or Apple store, written instructions must be provided about how to locate and download the app.  Each entry must be accompanied by a written statement citing date(s) of first use.)

Best presentation of new numismatic-related software or mobile application published in CD-Rom, DVD, App Store or any other electronic format or electronic delivery system.

9. SPECIAL AWARDS

      a. Lee Martin Founder’s Award – Best All-Around Portfolio (Only one copy of the portfolio entry needs to be submitted and may be submitted as PDF files on a flash/thumb drive. Items included in the portfolio may also be submitted in other relevant categories at entrant’s option.)

Collection of writings and/or photographs and related items demonstrating numismatic writing ability and versatility published within the contest year. The emphasis is on quality, not quantity, and organization and presentation will count as heavily as volume.

      b. The Ribbit

This award recognizes an individual who has achieved prominence in numismatics while maintaining approachability, a sense of humor and essential modesty. The winner is selected by the previous year’s recipient.

      c. The Clemy

The winner of this award, the Guild’s highest honor, is chosen by the previous year’s recipient from a list of nominees provided by the NLG Board of Directors.

NLG reserves the right to limit the number of plaques for any given entry, with the number to be determined at its discretion. NLG will provide plaques only for the persons named in an entry when it is originally submitted.  Winners living in countries other than the United States, Canada and Mexico will receive certificates and cash awards, rather than plaques. The cash award will be $50 for first-place winners.