AY's Best


In 2021, we will celebrate a new year of AY’s Best statewide awards, powered by AY Media Group.


We are sharing a new program and details about the components with all of our business partners that will help ensure the validity of the contest and offer more to the residents of Arkansas and our advertisers.


AY’s Best nominees and winners will live on by way of content in AY About You magazine and on aymag.com throughout the year. Below are some specifics for AY’s Best.


There will be two rounds of voting:


The first round is nominations, which will identify the top 5 businesses in each category. It will start on Monday, January 11, and run through Sunday, January 31. The nomination ballots will be write-in online; nominations will be limited to one vote per day per user.


Visitors to aymag.com will have the opportunity to win $250 if they nominate in 25 categories or more during this round. We want to know what businesses our readers deem the best in the state, so make sure your favorites make the final ballot by participating in the nominations.


The second round of voting will be multiple-choice, with the top nominees from each category advancing to the ballot. (Minimum nominees per category is two, maximum is five.) This round of voting will start on Monday, March 1, and run through Saturday, March 20.


This final voting will also be entirely online. This creates a streamlined process, allowing for less voter fraud and confusion.


We will be celebrating all the nominees and announcing the winners at a special gala event in May. Each of the top 3 businesses in each category will have the opportunity to attend the event with the purchase of an advertising package, which will include a certain number of tickets. Seating will be limited and will be offered only to the top 3 finalists. Last year, James Corden hosted a virtual announcement ceremony, and this year’s gala promises to be even more exciting.


Statewide winners will be announced the night of the formal event in an awards-show style. Advertising opportunities will be based on the honor of being a finalist, as winners will not be announced until the gala.


AY’s Best top 3 finalists/winners will appear in the May edition of AY Magazine that will debut at the gala for attendees to take home.


AY’s Best will live on throughout the year with additional special sections in the magazine and a specialized, exclusive winners logo that advertisers may use for the months and years to come.


The purchase of advertising in AY Media Group products does not influence the outcome of the voting process.


If you have any additional questions, please contact your AY Magazine sales representative or email hbaker@aymag.com


We are looking forward to working with you during this new program. Thank you for your interest, continued support and participation.


Heather Baker