The annual Licensing International Excellence Awards recognize the global brand licensing industry’s highest levels of achievement. To be considered for nomination, you MUST use this online submission portal.

Please adhere to the entry guidelines and criteria detailed below and all entries must be submitted in English. Licensing International reserves the right to re-categorize submissions and to disqualify submissions that don’t follow the criteria.

Submissions are $100 for Licensing International Members, and $175 for non-members. Licensing International Members will receive an email with their specific Member-Company Number AND a Discount Code. Both will be needed to unlock your member-pricing.

CLICK HERE to find your Member-Company Number.

All entries must be received by 11:59PM February 10, 2023

The following are eligible for entry:
  • – Licensors / Licensing Agents
  • – Manufacturers / Licensees
  • – Retailers that sell licensed products
  • – Paid-for Promotions that utilized licensed properties and/or licensed products. Promotions that have not carried a fee or royalty (e.g theatrical movie promotions primarily for marketing support) are NOT eligible
  • – Locations or events that utilized licensed properties
Entry into multiple categories is permitted, but brands or products must have had bona fide retail distribution between January 2022 and January 2023 to be eligible.
The deadline for receipt of submissions is February 10, 2023. Entries received after this date will not considered.

In order to be considered: You must use the online submission system. Hard copies, faxes and e-mail submissions will not be accepted.

Awards criteria includes:
  • – Creativity, Originality, and Innovation—What was special about the brand, product, or promotion?
  • – How was the brand, product, or promotion received in the marketplace in terms of placement, sell-through, or achievement of other goals?

You should include only the most important and relevant information in your submission. The inclusion of retail sales dollars and number of doors is very helpful to the global panel of judges when considering your entry.

Your submission will be used for the member-vote should you become one of our finalists. Licensing International may also use parts of your Qualification Statement for editorial and communications around the awards.

Provide up to FIVE (5) images of your brand or product in one of the following formats: PNG, JPEG, TIFF, or EPS. The maximum size is 2MB. Horizontal images will look best, maximum width is 1024 pixels.

If your entry appears on the ballot, Licensing International may use one or more of these images during Finalist Week and/or the Awards Ceremony. (Licensing International reserves the right to make this selection.) Your submission WILL NOT be considered without at least one image.

You have the option to include a link to a video. The decision to include any video links with the ballot is at the sole discretion of Licensing International.

All entries must be submitted by 11:59PM February 10, 2023


A panel of international licensing experts from across the world will review and score each entry. Up to six entrants per category will be placed on the ballot. A separate entry must be submitted for each category you wish to enter.


CLICK HERE to see the full slate of categories and descriptions.