First step is to pre-register your interest, you will find the link on the main page. This means we can communicate updates on the categories and event with you directly.

Q. How do I apply?

Specifics about this will be in each category.

You will be able to enter the majority of our categories online. Under your chosen category, there will be a link to the application form from February 1st. There you will fill in your details and upload your files.

You will only need to post or drop in your entries into our office (Generation Y, 177 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6) for the following categories:

  • Newspaper Of The Year
  • Editor Of The Year
  • Magazine Of The Year
  • Small College Or Society Publication Of The Year
  • Layout and Design of The Year.

Photography categories can be entered through email. Email application and photos to Full details will be under your desired category.

Q. When can I apply?
February 1st

Fill in your application form which you will find in each category section. Send back your application, your submission and application fee online. Specifics about this will be in Entry Guidelines on the main page and in each category.

If you enter for one of the five categories mentioned above, print off your application form which you will find in each category section. Send back your application, your submission and application fee to the office. Specifics about this will be in Entry Guidelines on the main page and in each category.

Q. Can I send my entry online?
Yes! Online applications are available for a number of categories, although some still require hard copies to be posted. To see if your category is eligible for online application, please check the individual category pages.

Q. What is the closing date?
March 18th 2021.

Q. Can students from Northern Ireland enter?

Q. Can an exchange student enter?

Q. Why is there a cost for my submission?
The reason we have a fee for entering the Smedias is simple, we are looking for the best of the best. We want to ensure that the content the entrants are putting forward is their best work, and let’s face it – you are not going to throw away fifteen quid to submit any old rubbish.

This ensures that the Smedias remain a reputable award that will look impressive on any CV, and helps maintain the high quality of work we receive. We are all about the students – we are an organisation for students, run by students, and we are not trying to con you guys out of your hard earned cash.

The fee you pay to enter goes towards the cost of couriering entries back and forth from our various judges – we make sure your work is handled with the utmost care!

€15 (For the first category submission)

€10 (Per additional category after the first submission)
For Example: One Category- €15, Two Categories- €25, Three Categories- €35, etc.

Q. How do I pay?
If you are entering online, there will be a link to Paypal to pay for your entry.

If you are posting or dropping in your entry, you can post or hand-in your contribution fee ideally as cash, but we also accept cheque or postal order, along with your submission to:

Generation Y, 177 Rathmines Road Lower
Dublin 6,

If you are emailing your entries for the Photography categories, you will be sent an automatic email with a Paypal link to make payment.

Q. Can you enter the same piece under different categories?
Yes, for example a comedic sports article could be entered in both the Sports and Colour Writing Categories.

Q. Can I enter the same category multiple times.
No, you may only enter a category once.

Q. How many categories can I enter?
As many as you like you just can’t enter the same category more than once.

Q. What date is the awards night?
April TBA.

Q. How will I know if I have been chosen for nominations?
All nominees will be announced on so keep checking back on the site.

Q. How do I get tickets for the awards night?
You can email us at for tickets and you can collect the tickets from our office or collect them at the door. No tickets will be sold on the night and you must have a ticket to enter.

Q. If I have been nominated do I need a ticket for the awards night?

Yes. You are entitled to one ticket for yourself and one guest.

Q. How much are the tickets for the night?
€5 for a nominee and €10 for everyone else. A nominee has two reserved tickets one for themselves and a plus one.

Q. If I don’t have a ticket can I pay at the door?
No unfortunately you must pay for your ticket in advance.

Q. Can I go to the awards night even if I haven’t been nominated for an award in my category?
Yes. You will have to pay €10 for your ticket.