The Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards celebrate the achievements of the UK’s finest and most influential print and online commentators and their editors.

2016 is The Comment Awards' eighth year. New categories for 2016 include Contrarian of the Year and the return of Sports Commentator of the Year. This years eiDigest award will be dedicated to Women's Voices. These awards bring recognition to fresh areas of comment, joining annual established favourites such as Columnist of the Year, Best Comment Pages and Commentariat of the Year.

The shortlist has been announced

The judges, chaired by Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor, The University of Buckingham range across eclectic fields including business, culture, politics, media and academia including; Professor Jean Seaton of the University of Westminster; Professor Suzanne Franks of City University; William Sieghart CBE, Chairman of Somerset House; Ellen Miller of LBS; Samantha Asumadu, Founder of Media Diversified; Anne Morrison, Chairman of BAFTA; Elizabeth Pears, UK Deputy News Editor at Buzzfeed and Professor Kurt Barling, Middlesex University. The full list can be found here.

The winners will be announced at The Comment Awards Ceremony held in November. See the brochure from the 2015 ceremony breakfast here for more details on shortlist, judges and sponsors, as well as our video featuring some of our winners, other leading commentators and sponsors.

For the press release announcing nominations opening on 3rd May 2016 please see here. If you have any queries, please email us to find out more. Check back for updates and follow us on Twitter for announcements.