Of course we all want our kids to be winners. So how about giving him or her a leg up by starting life with an achievement-award name? If you want to look at it aspirationally, a great variety of bases are covered here—from science to sports to literature to film to cartooning and even to blogging. (We’ve skipped the almost-too-obvious Oscar, Tony and Emmy.) Some very usable award names, and you might find one that relates to your own field of interest.
AgathaAward—a mystery fiction award named for AgathaChristie and given to crime writers in her “traditional” genre—in other words no explicit sex or excessive gore. .
BookerPrize—more formally the ManBooker Prize— a highly sought-after British literary prize awarded annually for the best original novel written in English, as of this year from anywhere in the world. Would make a cool choice for a writer or book lover.
CalderCup—Awarded annually since 1917 to the champions of the American Hockey League, named for FrankCalder, its first President. And a name that shares an art world reference.
César Awards—These are the Oscars of France, awarded each Feburary. They were named for the sculptor who created the physical award, César Baldaccini.
ClioAward—a prestigious advertising and design award named for the Greek muse of history.
DarwinMedal, named for Charles D., awarded for work of distinction in the field of Biology.
DavisCup–to the winner of an annual tennis tournament, named for Dwight F. Davis, a tennis player and politician who founded the competition.
DoraAwards—a more localized accolade given for the best in Toronto theater, named for Dora Mavor Moore, who was instrumental in establishing Canadian professional theater.
Edgar Awards, named for no less a figure than EdgarAllanPoe, are the most prestigious awards in the mystery genre.
EffieAwards– stands for effectiveness in marketing communications
HarveyAward—for outstanding achievement in comics, named for iconic Mad and Playboy cartoonist Harvey Kurtzman.
Hedda—The Hedda Award is a Norwegian theater prize named, appropriately, for the protagonist of Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler
HugoAward–given to the best science fiction or fantasy works of the year, named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the trailblazing science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories.
IrisAwards—named for the Greek mythological Iris, the messenger of the gods who traveled with the speed of light to connect all humanity with the heavens—a fitting award for the parenting blogging community.
JunoAwards–Canadian music awards named for the Canadian Academy of Recording Artists’ first chairman, PierreJuneau.
Laureus—The Laureus World Sports Awards honor the remarkable achievements of teams and individuals who symbolize the very best in sport, promoting social change and celebrating sporting excellence.