Anyone with a diagnosis of autism or related diagnosis is eligible to enter. All submissions must be original essays of 500 words or less, with a picture or video. The top 10 submissions in each age category that receive the most votes, plus potentially another five per age category determined by the selection committee, will move into the final round, where they will be personally reviewed by Dr. Temple Grandin for a final decision on the award recipients. Nominees under 18 must be nominated by their parent or legal guardian. Final selection will be announced in August 2016.
|Round name||Starts on||Ends on|
|Submission round||April 1, 2016 @ 12:00 AM (EDT)||June 30, 2016 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)|
|Voting round||April 1, 2016 @ 12:00 AM (EDT)||July 31, 2016 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)|
|Judging round||August 1, 2016 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)||August 26, 2016 @ 11:59 PM (EDT)|