Now that the year is starting to wind down, awards season is beginning to kick into gear. Case in point: The International Mobile Gaming Awards are now open for entries.

The IMGA is now in its eighth year. During that time, it’s reviewed over 1,500 different games from more than 50 countries. In short, this is a serious set of awards.

Aside from its usual categories (Best Casual Game, Best Sports Game, Excellence In Gameplay, Best Real World Game, Most Innovative Game) the IMGA has added a new award: Best Social Mobile Game.

In order to apply, your game has to have been published in 2011 (although games yet to be published are also eligible). Not only that, but so long as your game was created for any mobile phone platform, it can be submitted. Once a game has been submitted, further nominations and awards will be handled by a jury “made up of key players in the mobile entertainment industry.”

You have until January 16th, 2012 to submit your game. Nominees will be announced and public voting will begin on January 20th. On March 1st, 2012, the winners will be announced.

Know of a game that you feel is worthy of nomination? Anyone can suggest a title. Visit and let your voice be heard!