The Zenobia Award

November 28, 2020 - 8:07am


Picture from zenobiaaward.org/

There is a new boardgaming award in town - the Zenobia Award, a board game award for underrepresented groups focusing on historical games.  The Zenobia Award hopes to integrate marginalized groups into board game design by offering this mentorship program.

Anyone from any marginalized group may apply - this includes women, people of color, or LGBTQ+.  Even a team of people that is predominated by an underrepresented group may apply.  This award intends to pair these groups with industry veterans who know the ropes.  They will help you design your game to be the best that it can be.

There are criteria for the games that can be submitted:

  • First, the design should be a boardgame or other tabletop game that does not rely on role-play or a referee and can be played in under two hours. 

  • Second, the game must attempt to tackle some historical subject—political, social, cultural, scientific, economic, military, or other.

  • The game cannot currently be under review by any publisher.

For those interested in applying for the Zenobia Award, which was launched by designer Cole Wehrle along with over a dozen other designers, publishers, and writers,  be sure and check out the award’s web page here.