MIAMI, FL – December 21, 2017 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – The nominations period for the 4th annual TECLA Awards honoring the best Latino and multicultural social media content creators, is now open through February 9th, 2018. The prestigious awards ceremony will be the culminating event of Hispanicize Miami 2018 (April 17-19) and will take place on the evening of Thursday, April 19th, at the JW Marriott Marquis in downtown Miami. For tickets, register at

Named after the Spanish-language word for an individual key on a keyboard, the TECLA Awards honor excellence in Latino social media video, blogging, and those who create it. The 2018 TECLA Awards will once again highlight the nation’s top Latino and multicultural content creators in more than 30 categories. From top storytellers on Instagram to Twitter to YouTube, the Teclas nominees set the bar higher each year for the exploding social media creators industry.

New categories for 2018 include:

— Best Stories Content Creator (Snapchat, IG Story, FB Story)

— Best Content Creator

— Best Meme Content Creator

— Best Podcast

— Best Character Impersonator

Hispanicize is accepting nominations for the 4th annual TECLA Awards at

Past recipients of the TECLA Awards include Pope Francis and Shakira who in 2016 & 2017 received Telemundo’s Annual Social Innovation Award. Other notable recipients include Adamari Lopez, David Lopez, Sandra Cires, Salice Rose, Adrian Carasquillo, Jen-Carlos Canela, Curly Velasquez, Gaby Espino, and others. Click HERE to see a list of all the 2017 TECLA Award winners.

The TECLA Awards have garnered over 69 million impressions on social media and the official event hashtag #TeclaAwards became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter in 2017.

“The TECLA Awards showcase the achievements of extraordinary Latino and multicultural creators that have become the storytellers of our communities and the leading voices of our industry,” said Hispanicize Media Group Co-Founder, Katherine Johnson-Gunn. “This year’s TECLA Awards reflect the growth and evolution of the social media space and we can’t wait to celebrate the achievements of these creators. We have several fun surprises in store that are sure to make this year’s awards the most exciting one to date!”

To ensure the broadest participation by the online Latino content producing community, the official entry process and ceremony has been streamlined. The actual ceremony will take place in the ballroom of the JW Marriott Marquis in a relaxed lounge setting with unforgettable hosts and a headlining musical performance that will kick-off the show.

The public, fans, industry professionals and talent managers, are invited to nominate their favorite creators – for any of the 30+ categories. For rules & regulations, please visit

Submissions open today, December 21st at and close 11:59 pm ET on Friday, February 9, 2018.

The Creator of The Year award is the only award that will be voted on by the public starting in February. For the full list of creator categories for the 4th annual TECLA Awards, please visit:

All nominations for the 4th annual TECLA Awards will be considered and reviewed by Hispanicize Media Group partners and the Hispanicize National Advisory Board who together will determine the 3-5 finalists for each category. The actual winners of the 4th annual TECLA Awards will be determined by the TECLA’s Gold Academy, a panel of judges consisting of marketing, PR and social media executives, creators, and experts in the digital media industry. Winners will be revealed the night of April 19th, 2018 during the TECLA Awards ceremony, which will be streamed LIVE from Miami for viewers worldwide.

TECLA Award Sponsors

Sponsorships for the TECLA Awards are available by contacting: [email protected]

About The TECLA Awards
The 4th annual TECLA Awards reflect the growing state of original programming native to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LIVE broadcasting, blogging and virtually all types of social media platforms. The awards are a production of Hispanicize Media Group.

About The Hispanicize Event
Now in its 9th year, Hispanicize 2018 ( (#Hispz18) is the largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship. Hispanicize Miami 2018 is expected to gather more than 2,000 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of digital content creation, journalism, music, marketing, film and business over four days. The event will take place in downtown Miami’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, April 17-19th, 2018.

The Hispanicize event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books, music and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico. The Hispanicize event is owned and operated by Hispanicize Media Group, LLC, the parent company of DiMe Media, Hispanic Kitchen, Latina Moms and the Hispanic PR Blog.

Hispanicize can be found on Facebook (, Instagram (@HispanicizeEvent) and Twitter (@Hispanicize).