Here is a bit of advice: Research who gives the awards. Then visit their websites and inquire about the criteria for submission.
The Story Quilters received A Gold Award from Parents' Choice for our 2000 debut recording. It was quite an honor, and eight years later our CD still has good sales, largely because of that little Gold Seal on each CD. In that case, we had to submit the CD to their review committee. We had to pay an entry fee, but it was well worth it.