FMA Charlie Awards

Recognizing achievements by Florida magazines since 1957, FMA's annual Charlie Awards competition crowns publishers, writers, editors, artists, photographers, printers, marketers and others as the best among their peers in scores of categories. Juried by recognized out-of-state magazine and newspaper professionals, and college journalism professors, hundreds of entries vie for first, second and third place awards—Charlie, Silver and Bronze.

Charlie Wellborn

Charles G. "Charlie" Wellborn Jr. was a 1958 graduate and later a professor in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida in Gainesville. A Georgia native, Lt. Col. Wellborn served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War, received two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. Starting in 1967, Professor Wellborn created courses in editing, graphics and business/technical communications that were the core of the public relations and magazine curriculum at UF for many years. His leadership of the Florida magazine industry, including FMA, earned Wellborn FMA's 1973 Achiever of the Year Award. Wellborn retired from UF in 1987 and FMA honored him by renaming its top award the "Charlie." Wellborn passed away in 2002 at age 77.

Early Submission Deadline: May 2, 2016
Regular Submission Deadline: May 16, 2016

• Early Registration - $50.00
• Early Best Overall - $55.00
• Regular Registration - $60.00
• Regular Best Overall - $65.00
• Student Single Entry Submission - $10.00
• Student Multiple or Series of Entries - $15.00

Submit your entries today!

The Charlie Awards, sponsored annually by the Florida Magazine Association (FMA), recognize publishing excellence in the state of Florida. This year's Charlie Awards Gala, marking FMA's 50th anniversary, will be held on the evening of September 23, 2016 at the Disney Swan and Dolphin Hotel.

The coveted Charlie Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement in Florida magazine publishing. Showcase your publication’s accomplishments and receive the recognition you deserve by entering today. Then join us September 23, 2016 at the annual FMA conference, where Florida’s finest magazine professionals come to learn and share ideas that will shape the future of their publications. Visit FMA’s website, and “like” Florida Magazine Association on Facebook, as the convention draws near for updated details about this exciting event.

The 2016 awards competition includes more than 70 categories in the areas of Printing Excellence, Writing Excellence, Design Excellence, Digital Excellence, General Excellence and Best Overall Awards.

Judges for this year's competition include leading writers, editors, designers and educators—all from outside the state of Florida. Individual awards are the decision of the independent judges and are based solely on the judges' evaluations of entries. Judges will critique this year's winning entries, and their comments will be made available following the FMA conference awards gala. 

Submit your entries today!

For more information on the Charlie Awards, please contact FMA at or 866-885-1156.