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WHAT ARE THE AMERICAN AWARDS?
The American Awards recognize the extraordinary deeds and achievements of everyday people in a variety of fields through a web-based voting system, and use the majority of our proceeds to support charitable causes and small-business startups selected by the nominees. The way we see if, if talented actors get awards for what they do, and talented musicians get awards for what they do, why shouldn’t the best mothers, fathers, friends, and loved ones who go above and beyond the call of duty be recognized too?
HOW DO YOU NOMINATE SOMEBODY?
Go to the “Nominate” page and fill out the nomination form. After you’ve told us who you’re nominating and what category you’re nominating them in, you’ll be asked to draft a narrative in which you make the strongest case possible for why your nominee deserves to win in the category you’ve nominated them in. If you’d like to make the case for your nominee using a video, you’ll be given the option of uploading or embedding one.
DO I HAVE TO WRITE THE NARRATIVE IF I’VE DECIDED TO MAKE THE CASE FOR MY NOMINEE IN A VIDEO?
Yes. Every nomination must include a custom narrative in which the person making the nomination provides written testimony as to why their nominee deserves to win in that given category. Making the case for your nominee in an uploaded or embedded video is completely optional, and intended for those individuals who want to go the extra mile.
WHAT SHOULD THE NARRATIVE INCLUDE?
Make the strongest case possible for why your nominee deserves to win in the category you’ve nominated them in. So long as you keep your narrative honest, fair, and kind, we encourage you to include whatever might be relevant, and format your narrative in whatever way makes the most sense. Keep in mind that the narrative will be read by both your nominee, and the countless people voting on the nomination.
DO I HAVE TO UPLOAD A VIDEO?
While the written narrative is mandatory, embedding a video is completely optional, and intended for those individuals who want to go the extra mile.
I WANT TO NOMINATE SOMEONE, BUT DON’T KNOW WHAT TO PUT IN MY NARRATIVE.
If they’re truly worthy of being nominated, your heart should know exactly what to say. If you’ve got writer’s block, we suggest you take a few days to meditate on why you have so much gratitude for the person you’re planning to nominate.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO NOMINATE SOMEBODY?
During the initial promotional launch period we’re keeping the nomination fee locked in at $10 to ensure that anyone can afford to nominate someone worthy of being nominated, regardless of the financial background they come from. However, following the initial promotional launch period, the price of nominations will increase relative to demand.
WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE NOMINATION FEE GOES TOWARDS THE CHARITABLE CAUSES AND SMALL BUSINESS STARTUPS?
Approximately 30% of each nomination fee goes towards the charitable causes selected by the nominees, the finalists, and the winners. Approximately 30% of each nomination fee goes towards the small business startups selected by the nominees. The remainder of the nomination fee is used to cover our administrative costs, server costs, taxes, and coffee budget.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY NOMINEE TO RECEIVE THE NOMINATION AFTER I’VE SUBMITTED IT?

Before a person is given notice they’ve been nominated for an American Award, the nomination must first be approved by our moderators. While we will strive to process new nominations as quickly as possible, some delays may occur depending on volume.

Once the nominee is sent notice of the nomination, they are given a 48 hour window in which they can choose to decline the nomination if they’d prefer it not be published. If the nominee does not decline the nomination, it will be published on www.theamericanawards.com website in accordance with the free speech rights of the nominator, with the nominee’s name abreviated to protect their privacy.

When a nominee chooses to accept a nomination, they are given the option of revealing their full name to the public.

ONCE A NOMINATION HAS GONE LIVE, HOW LONG WILL IT REMAIN ACTIVE?
Once live, a nomination will remain active and votable for the remainder of the year, and eligible to be declared a finalist in any remaining month, unless disqualified for any reason. However, the more times a nomination is voted on, the less frequently it will be highlighted on the Vote page.
HOW DOES A NOMINEE WIN?
Each nomination is evaluated and scored by the public, and then at the end of each month the nominee with the highest average score in each category is declared the finalist in its respective category. Then, once a year, our judges pick the best nomination in each category from amongst our monthly finalists, and those nominees are declared our annual winners.
WHAT DOES A NOMINEE GET IF HE/SHE IS DECLARED A FINALIST OR WINNER?
Honor and public recognition for having won an American Award, more than anything else. When a nominee is declared a finalist or winner in a given category, their nomination will be highlighted on The American Awards’ website, which can then be shared via Social Media. However, as a matter of company policy, no cash or material rewards of any value are to be given to the winners, and it should be understood that participation in the American Awards is for entertainment purposes only. This policy is in place to ensure maximum compliance with federal and state gaming laws, thereby allowing every American to be eligible to be nominated and considered regardless of where they live.
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF A NOMINEE WINNING AN AMERICAN AWARD?
The chances of a nominee being declared a finalist vary due to several factors including: the nomination’s principle content; the quality of the narrative; the image; the video; the number of nominations made in that category for that month; and the mood of the voting audience. Once a nominee has been declared a finalist, chances of winning will be between 1-in-7 and 1-in-12, with the final decision being made by a panel of judges, and based on the merits.
WHEN DOES YOUR ANNUAL CYCLE BEGIN AND END?
The American Awards cycle begins every year on January 1st, and ends on December 31st of the same year, with the final winners announced sometime between January and March.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY NOMINEE CHOOSES TO DECLINE MY NOMINATION?
That’s their choice. They’ll still be able to pick a charity and small business startup to be funded in honor of their nomination, but we will never publish a nomination if a nominee asks us not to.
ARE THE AMERICAN AWARDS RUN BY THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?
No, the American Awards are managed and operated by the private company Perfect Republic, LLC and are not managed, operated by, or otherwise affiliated with the United States federal government.
CAN I CANCEL A NOMINATION I'VE PREVIOUSLY MADE IF I'VE CHANGED MY MIND?
Nope. Once made, the only person who can deactivate/decline the nomination is the nominee himself or herself.
HOW DO I GET A REFUND?
During our beta launch, The American Awards is being presented to the public on an “as is” basis, and no refunds will be issued. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The American Awards Leaderboard Page will become active after 100+ nominations have been made. To honor someone you love or admire by making them one of the very first nominees for an American Award, click here and nominate them today!

The American Awards Finalists Page will become active after 500+ nominations have been submitted. To honor someone you love or admire by making them one of the very first nominees for an American Award, click here and nominate them today!

The American Awards Winners Page will become active at the end of the current year. To honor someone you love or admire by making them one of the very first nominees for an American Award, click here and nominate them today!