Literary Arts: Artist or group active in poetry, short story, written journalism, fiction, non-fiction, blogging, or publishing.
Media Arts: Artist or group working in film, video, audio/sound art, podcast, graphic design, animation, digital art, web-based art, media art installation, new media, or any fusion thereof. The nominee must be the driving creative force of the project and maintain complete creative and editorial control over the work.
Music: Artist or group who performs, composes, writes songs, DJs, and/or works in technical production (all genres of music).
Rising Star: This award is intended to recognize the commitment of a youth artist (age 12-17) in any arts discipline to developing their craft. This typically includes performances and exhibitions and a demonstrated dedication to skill development (classes, workshops, competitions, etc.).
Theatre: Artist or group active in acting, directing, playwriting, comedy, and/or technical production (i.e. lighting, sound, costume design, stage management, etc.).
Visual Arts: Artist or group active in painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, or installation art.