2016 HOW TO ENTER

Deadline to enter: April 1, 2016

FIRST: It will help us if you  REGISTER ON SEJ.ORG(Why?)

If you register on SEJ.org and are signed in, your contact information will autofill the entry form. Please note that sej.org registrations are not automatically approved. SEJ will make every effort to approve your registration on SEJ.org in a timely way, but if you register after 11:00 p.m. Eastern time, you will most likely have to wait until morning to be approved.

Already registered? Sign in to enable autofill on your entry form. To reset your password, get help here. If you forget your username, email the SEJ office.

Everyone who enters must complete an online form. 
Access the form for your category on this page following general instructions.

To enter, please have ready:

• PDFs* or links to each piece you plan to enter
• Radio entries: MP3 files, 20MB max.
• Dates of publication or broadcast. Books: Year of publication.
• Broadcast transcript for radio or TV and online entry that includes audio/video components
• Broadcast run time
• Credit card for immediate online payment. (You can opt to send a check on the online payment site.)

* NOTE: Multiple-page PDFs must be combined. See Help with low-resolution or combined PDFs.
Series that begin or end during the designated contest period qualify in their entirety.

Before you fill out the entry form, read the preparation rules
Shipped entries that are incorrectly prepared will not be sent to judges.
Entry fees are not refunded. 

Shipping address:

SEJ Awards
C/O Chris Bruggers, Awards Director
186 North Bellaire Ave
Louisville, KY 40206

ENTRY FEES

After completing your entry form, you'll see a confirmation window. Click the the payment link. Please pay your fee immediately after submitting your entry form. The payment site has an option to pay by check or credit card. Your entry will not be processed for judging until payment is received.

$40 US Funds:  Member Rate
You must already be a member of SEJ to enter at the member rate. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact SEJ at sej@sej.org or (215) 884-8174.

$80 US Funds:  Prospective Member Rate
To enter SEJ's awards contest at this rate, you must complete a membership application. Please note on your application in the comments field at the end that you are applying for membership with your contest entry. Please complete your membership application as soon as possible after submitting your entry.

This special discounted $80 fee is only for non-members who are joining SEJ for the first time. It covers your first year of membership (discounted) as well as the contest fee.

$100 US Funds:  Non-member Rate

 

ENTRY FORMS

Deadline to enter: April 1

Read the descriptions, then click on the name of the category you want to enter to open the corresponding entry form. Have your electronic files and web links ready. You can save a draft of the entry form to complete later, but once you click submit, you won't be able to access the form. If you need to change or add anything, contact Chris Bruggers.

CLICK TO ENTER: Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Large Market: An investigative  report or series on a single environmental topic, published or aired between March 1, 2015, and February 29, 2016. Related stories published on the same day count as one part. TV & Radio stories must not exceed 60 minutes; Print and Online series must not exceed five parts. A cover letter and multimedia links may be included as supplemental materials. Eligibility: newspapers with circulation of 200,000 average daily circulation or more, according to the latest audited figures; magazines above 500,000; trade newsletters above 35,000; TV & radio: national networks in the U.S. and elsewhere and top 20 markets in the U.S. as determined by Nielsen; online news organizations with 50 or more employees; national or regional wire services. Small-market entities collaborating with large-market entities qualify as large-market. PDF or MP3 files, 20MB max, or links are accepted.

CLICK TO ENTER: Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Small Market: An investigative  report or series on a single environmental topic, published or aired between March 1, 2015, and February 29, 2016. Related stories published on the same day count as one part. TV & Radio stories must not exceed 60 minutes; Print and Online series must not exceed five parts. A cover letter and multimedia links may be included as supplemental materials. Eligibility: All outlets and publications falling outside the large-market definition. Small-market entities collaborating with large-market entities qualify as large-market. PDF or MP3 files, 20MB max, or links are accepted.

CLICK TO ENTER: Outstanding Beat Reporting, Large Market: Up to five broadcast or published news reports on a broad range of environmental topics published or aired between March 1, 2015, and February 29, 2016. Entry must be the work of an individual, either alone or with a small supporting team. Related stories published or aired on the same day count as one story. TV & Radio entries must have a combined total running time of no more than 60 minutes. A cover letter and multimedia links may be included as supplemental materials. Eligibility: newspapers with circulation of 200,000 average daily circulation or more, according to the latest audited figures; magazines above 500,000; trade newsletters above 35,000; TV & radio: national networks in the U.S. and elsewhere and top 20 markets in the U.S. as determined by Nielsen; online news organizations with 50 or more employees; national or regional wire services. Small-market entities collaborating with large-market entities qualify as large-market. PDF or MP3 files, 20MB max, or links are accepted.

CLICK TO ENTER: Outstanding Beat Reporting, Small Market: Up to five broadcast or published news reports and/or commentary on a broad range of environmental topics published or aired  between March 1, 2015, and February 29, 2016. Entry must be the work of an individual, either alone or with a small supporting team. Related stories published or aired on the same day count as one story. TV & Radio entries must have a combined total running time of no more than 60 minutes. A cover letter and multimedia links may be included as supplemental materials. Eligibility: All TV, Radio, Print and Online publications falling outside the large-market definition. Small-market entities collaborating with large-market entities qualify as large-market. PDF or MP3 files, 20MB max, or links, are accepted..

CLICK TO ENTER: Rachel Carson Environment Book Award: A nonfiction book, published between January 1 and December 31, 2015, covering an environmental topic. Memoirs and picture books are not eligible. 

CLICK TO ENTER: Outstanding Explanatory Reporting:  A story, series or occasional series that illuminates a significant complex environmental subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, storytelling and clear presentation. Entries must be published between March 1, 2015, and February 29, 2016. Related stories published or aired on the same day count as one story. TV & Radio stories must not exceed 60 minutes; Print and Online series must not exceed five parts. A cover letter and multimedia links may be included as supplemental materials. Eligibility: All TV, Radio, Print and Online entities. PDF or MP3 files, 20MB max, or links are accepted.

CLICK TO ENTER: Outstanding Feature Story:  One environmental interest story not directly tied to a recent news event with an emphasis on storytelling, while also including an explanatory aspect that sheds light on our environment and gives details to concepts or ideas. Entries must be about environmental issues and published between March 1, 2015, and February 29, 2016. Multi-part stories are prohibited. A cover letter and multimedia links may be included as supplemental materials. Eligibility: All TV, Radio, Print and Online entities.  PDF or MP3 files, 20MB max, or links are accepted.

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