Best in DFW Official Rules

What is Best in DFW?

Best in DFW is a people’s choice awards program produced by The Dallas Morning News marketing department. The program invites North Texans to nominate and then vote for their favorite businesses.


Do I have to register?

We do require users to register with an email address to both nominate and vote for businesses. You can opt out of Best in DFW email communications if you choose.


​Can I vote by paper or in person?

No. All nominations and voting are done through the Best in DFW online voting platform.

How does nominating work?

We ask North Texans to nominate their favorite businesses in 160+ categories. Once the nominees are finalized, our audience is encouraged to vote on one choice in each category. Per our guidelines, you are allowed to nominate without limits and during voting, you can vote once every 24 hours.


Nomination categories include Eat & Drink, Health & Beauty, Entertainment, Home & Garden, Motors, Real Estate, Services, Shopping and Things to Do. Nominees should be businesses that serve Dallas-Fort Worth and the surrounding areas.


​Nominating is as simple as entering a name and city in text entry fields. It’s best, but not required, to provide additional information on the nominee so that we can verify the business (phone number, address, URL). You may return any time before Midnight on Wednesday, July 28th.


Businesses with multiple locations will appear as a single nomination for the voting phase, unless otherwise specified by the business.


Business associates and advertisers of The Dallas Morning News and any other owner affiliated company are not given special treatment, including but not limited to our presenting sponsor.


Users are not required to nominate in all categories, but must submit the nomination form by hitting the "submit" button at the bottom of the page. Users are permitted to nominate a single business in more than one category.


The nomination period begins Monday, July 12 at 12 pm, and ends Wednesday, July 28 at Midnight.


Will everyone that is nominated be on the ballot?

For a category to qualify for the ballot, there must be a minimum of five separate businesses that are competing for votes. If a category is not qualifying, we will make reasonable accommodations to move the nominee to a similar category. Once a category is qualified, we will ballot each individual business that has been nominated.


I’ve been nominated, what is required of me?

Businesses, organizations or individuals that are nominated will be placed on our ballot after they are verified. If a business earns enough votes to be in the top two, they may be required to complete a simple online questionnaire with basic business information including name, location(s), year established, business hours, phone number, URL and submit or make available a photo of the business. There is no cost or obligation to participate.


How are votes tabulated?

Nominations and votes are tabulated by a third-party. The Dallas Morning News and it's affiliates do not know the results of the contest until after the votes are tabulated. In each category, readers vote on their favorite nominee. Readers are permitted to vote in each category once per day. Businesses, institutions, individuals and schools are encouraged to promote the contest in order to gain nominations and/or votes. Competitive advertising, special offers, and/or campaigns are permitted; however, The Dallas Morning News at its sole discretion, reserves the right to exclude from the competition any businesses or individuals that engage in activities intended to “rig” or “fix” the voting process. This includes any quid pro quo. Offering a free item, offer, etc. in exchange for a vote is not permitted. Votes that are suspect may be disqualified in the count.


​Use of bots, robotic, repetitive, automatic, programmed, vote exchange websites, vote “farming”, scripts or other automated means designed to circumvent “one ballot per person per day” rule, are not allowed. Contestants discovered using these methods for vote acceleration are subject to suspected votes being disqualified without notice, and the jeopardy of the Contestant being completely disqualified and removed from the competition.


Business associates and advertisers of The Dallas Morning News and any other owner affiliated company are not given special treatment, including but not limited to our presenting sponsor.


The regular voting period begins Monday, August 9 at 12 pm and ends Thursday, September 2 at 5 pm.


Can I “write-in” a business during voting?

All nominations have to be verified prior to being placed on the final ballot. During the nomination process, we welcome all submissions.


The Best in DFW ballot is a closed ballot. However, we will consider late entries into an established category by request. All late entries must be received by August 20 at 5 pm. All late entries must be emailed to for consideration.


When will winners be announced?

Winners will be announced in the Best in DFW magazine and on on Sunday, November 21. In the event of a tie in any category, more than one winner or runner-up may be awarded.


Best in DFW and the unique logos are property of The Dallas Morning News and may only be used with express, written permission. Logos are licensed to winners at a marketing spend or direct payment of $3,000 or more. Best in DFW merchandise does not count towards the logo license spend.


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