LIMA Unveils New Entry and Judging Process for 2019 International Licensing Awards

Online Entry and Expanded Judging Panel Designed to Promote Worldwide Participation and Recognition

The International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) today unveils its 2019 International Licensing Awards program that features a revamped online submission process, a broad judging panel drawn from around the world and a new, exciting list of award categories. In its 33rd year, The LIMA International Licensing Awards have long defined high achievement in international licensing innovation and creativity.

“Celebrating licensing programs that generate revenue, extend reach, and increase relevance is crucial to driving the global growth of the industry,” said Maura Regan, President, LIMA. “These seemingly small changes to the awards program are designed to deliver significant impact – greater and more diverse participation to truly reflect the breadth and depth of the licensing community.”

Last year, LIMA received 700 submissions – more than ever before – with a record 42 percent from outside the U.S. In 2019, the all-digital entry form aims to support that trend with even more entries from across the globe. The judging process has been moved completely online– eliminating New York travel requirements, allowing for a more globally diverse panel.

Additionally, 2019 will introduce five new award categories, bringing the total to 24 categories, including the Community Choice Award introduced last year. New to the 2019 awards are Best Collaboration, Newcomer Award and three new retailer awards – Best Retailer for a Corporate Brand, Best Retailer for an Entertainment Brand and Best Retailer for Lifestyle, Fashion or Sports.

To enter the 2019 International Licensing Awards, please visit The deadline for entries is February 1, 2019. Winners will be honored at a ceremony during the 2019 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas in June.