SEJ 2021 Awards — HOW TO ENTER

Before anything, note this...

NEW DEADLINE TO ENTER: MARCH 1, 2021

Late deadline: March 15. Extra fees apply.


GATHER THESE MATERIALS BEFORE ENTERING

  • Links to each story. Don't supply one link to a summary page that includes stories you are not entering. This makes it difficult for judges — not something you want to do. PDFs are also accepted. Combine PDFs for related stories published on the same day. (Help with combining PDFs.)
  • If your links are behind a paywall or limited to fewer stories than your entry contains, have ready access information to include with your entry.
  • Confirmation that your entry ran or aired during the contest period: February 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021. (Series of up to five stories beginning or ending outside those dates are eligible.) Exception: Book category entries published during calendar year 2020 are eligible.
  • Contact list of all people included on the entry: Excel spreadsheet containing, for each person listed as a byline in the entry, reporter name first/reporter name last/email address in that order. Others, such as photographers, graphic artists, other contributers, may be added.
  • Broadcast transcript if you enter audio or television stories, or if your online entry includes audio/video components.
  • ​Credit card for online payment. (See payment info below.)
  • ​Cover letters are voluntary but encouraged. Judges greatly appreciate seeing the challenges of the project, aftermath, any other information that can easily be shared in a cover letter. Letters may be from editors, from the reporter entering or from any other individual.

NEXT STEPS

  • Payment is required before submitting your entry. This is done on SEJ's member platform, MemberClicks, accessed by clicking the payment link below. Once you've paid, a page will open with links to the category entry forms. The link to the categories page will also be included in the payment confirmation email. If you don't see it, check your spam. (Add SEJ to your contacts to help avoid spam hazards.) Payment is required before entering, except for the book category. Book publishers needing to pay by check can select the “Pay later” option. An invoice from sej@memberclicks-mail.net is automatically sent as soon as you submit the form. If you don’t see it, check your spam. Your entry won't be processed for judging until payment is received. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Copy your invoice number. You'll need it for your entry form.
  • Read the rules. Some disqualifying rules are listed on the entry forms, but it's best if you are familiar with the rules of the contest.
  • Select the correct category. Read definition of the categories (below) carefully. If you're in a category that is split between Large and Small, note that rules for broadcast and print media are different.
  • The contest entry site is Submittable. If you entered last year, you already have a profile there. Otherwise, you'll be asked to register for the site. You'll receive an automatic response after you submit your entry confirming the category you entered and that your entry has been received. It contains instructions on how to access your entry to make changes or to check the progress of our processing your entry. BOOK ENTRIES, SEE FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.
  • Then comes the wait. Judges' deadline is June 1. We'll let winners know ASAP after that and will announce after winners have been contacted.

 

BOOK ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS

Hard-copy books:

  • After completing the online form, mail four copies of your book to Chris Bruggers, address below.
  • The first-place winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award will need to send three more copies to be judged in the Nina Mason Pulliam Award for $10,000.

Electronic book entries:

  • Include detailed instructions on how to access the book on the entry form.
  • For books that are not free access, send a check with the cost of four books plus the cost of first-class postage for three or three first-class postage stamps. Make the check payable to Chris Bruggers. See address below.
  • If a reader app must be purchased, include the cost for four purchases.
  • Please don't make your check out to SEJ or send to the SEJ office. This will cause delays in getting your book to judges.

Chris Bruggers, SEJ Awards
186 N Bellaire Ave
Louisville KY 40206

Don't forget the new deadline of March 1!

 


 

PAYMENT INFORMATION AND FEE SCHEDULE

Only members of SEJ may enter at the member rate. If you are unsure of your membership status, please check your profile, or contact SEJ at sej@sej.org or (502) 641-1844.

Member Application Information

Qualifying non-members may join SEJ prior to entering. To join, complete a membership application. Eligibility criteria apply. You can enter the contest after your membership application and dues payment are submitted. However, if you're found to be ineligible for membership, SEJ will bill you for the additional $65 for the nonmember contest fee and refund your member dues. (Member dues can't be applied to contest fees.)

Please read the membership application thoughtfully to avoid applying if you don't qualify. Note that individuals engaged in any kind of paid public relations work concerning environmental issues are not eligible for membership.

 

Did you calendar the new deadline yet? MARCH 1

PAY ENTRY FEE
(All categories except Rachel Carson Environment Book category)

PAY BOOK CATEGORY ENTRY FEE

 


 

The categories for the contest are as follows:

Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting, Large: An investigative report or series on a single environmental topic, originally published or aired between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. Investigative reporting uses journalistic skills to disclose facts about businesses, government agencies or individuals that, absent the reporting, would not likely be disclosed. Judges will be encouraged to weigh the results of the reporting in their deliberations.

Eligibility:

  • Print or online entries: Organizations with more than 75 employees.
  • TV and audio: National networks in the U.S. and elsewhere and top 30 television and audio markets in the U.S. and in equivalent markets outside the U.S.
  • Small-newsroom entities collaborating with large-newsroom entities qualify as large-newsroom.
  • Only stories published or aired by the original media outlet are eligible. Republished or rebroadcast stories aren't eligible.
  • Online stories edited or altered after 1/31/21 aren't eligible.

 

Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting, Small: An investigative report or series on a single environmental topic, originally published or aired between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. Investigative reporting uses journalistic skills to disclose facts about businesses, government agencies or other people that, absent the reporting, would not likely be disclosed. Judges will be encouraged to weigh the results of the reporting in their deliberations.

Eligibility:

  • Print or online entries: Organizations with 75 or fewer employees.
  • TV and audio: Below top 30 television and audio markets in the U.S. and in equivalent markets outside the U.S.
  • Small-newsroom entities collaborating with large-newsroom entities qualify as large-newsroom.
  • Only stories published or aired by the original media outlet are eligible. Republished or rebroadcast stories arn't eligible.
  • Online stories edited or altered after 1/31/21 aren't eligible.

 

Outstanding Beat Reporting, Large: Three to five broadcast or published news reports and/or commentary on a broad range of environmental topics or a broad range of various issues within a single environmental topic published or aired between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021, may be submitted. Entry must be the work of an individual, either alone or with a small supporting team.

Eligibility:

  • Print or online entries: Organizations with more than 75 employees.
  • TV and audio: National networks in the U.S. and elsewhere and top 30 television and audio markets in the U.S. and in equivalent markets outside the U.S.
  • Small-newsroom entities collaborating with large-newsroom entities qualify as large-newsroom.
  • Only stories published or aired by the original media outlet are eligible. Republished or rebroadcast stories aren't eligible.
  • Online stories edited or altered after 1/31/21 aren't eligible.

 

Outstanding Beat Reporting, Small: Three to five broadcast or published news reports and/or commentary on a broad range of environmental topics or a broad range of various issues within a single environmental topic published or aired between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021, may be submitted. Entry must be the work of an individual, either alone or with a small supporting team.

Eligibility:

  • Print or online entries: Organizations with 75 or fewer employees.
  • TV and audio: Below top 30 television and audio markets in the U.S. and in equivalent markets outside the U.S.
  • Small-newsroom entities collaborating with large-newsroom entities qualify as large-newsroom.
  • Only stories published or aired by the original media outlet are eligible. Republished or rebroadcast stories aren't eligible.
  • Online stories edited or altered after 1/31/21 aren't eligible.

 

Outstanding Feature Story, Large: Entry must be a single environmental interest story not directly tied to a recent news event, with an emphasis on storytelling. Entries must be published between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. Multi-part stories are prohibited.

Eligibility:

  • Print or online entries: Organizations with more than 75 employees.
  • TV and audio: National networks in the U.S. and elsewhere and top 30 television and audio markets in the U.S. and in equivalent markets outside the U.S.
  • Small-newsroom entities collaborating with large-newsroom entities qualify as large-newsroom.
  • Only stories published or aired by the original media outlet are eligible. Republished or rebroadcast stories aren't eligible.
  • Online stories edited or altered after 1/31/21 aren't eligible.

 

Outstanding Feature Story, Small: Entry must be a single environmental interest story not directly tied to a recent news event, with an emphasis on storytelling. Entries must be published between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. Multi-part stories are prohibited.

Eligibility:

  • Print or online entries: Organizations with 75 or fewer employees.
  • TV and audio: Below top 30 television and audio markets in the U.S. and in equivalent markets outside the U.S.
  • Small-newsroom entities collaborating with large-newsroom entities qualify as large-newsroom.
  • Only stories published or aired by the original media outlet are eligible. Republished or rebroadcast stories aren't eligible.
  • Online stories edited or altered after 1/31/21 aren't eligible.

 

Outstanding Explanatory Reporting, Large: A story, series or occasional series that illuminates a significant, complex environmental subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, storytelling and clear presentation, published or aired by a single news organization. Entries must be published between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021.

Eligibility:

  • Print or online entries: Organizations with more than 75 employees.
  • TV and audio: National networks in the U.S. and elsewhere and top 30 television and audio markets in the U.S. and in equivalent markets outside the U.S.
  • Small-newsroom entities collaborating with large-newsroom entities qualify as large-newsroom.
  • Only stories published or aired by the original media outlet are eligible. Republished or rebroadcast stories aren't eligible.
  • Online stories edited or altered after 1/31/21 aren't eligible.

 

Outstanding Explanatory Reporting, Small: A story, series or occasional series that illuminates a significant, complex environmental subject, demonstrating mastery of the subject, storytelling and clear presentation, published or aired by a single news organization. Entries must be published between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021.

Eligibility:

  • Print or online entries: Organizations with 75 or fewer employees.
  • TV and audio: Below top 30 television and audio markets in the U.S. and in equivalent markets outside the U.S.
  • Small-newsroom entities collaborating with large-newsroom entities qualify as large-newsroom.
  • Only stories published or aired by the original media outlet are eligible. Republished or rebroadcast stories aren't eligible.
  • Online stories edited or altered after 1/31/21 aren't eligible.

 

Outstanding Student Reporting: A story or series on an environmental topic by a student or group of students enrolled in a university, college or high school at the time the content was produced. Entry stories must have been published, aired or otherwise produced in a media outlet accessible to the general public between February 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021.

Eligibility:

  • All audio, TV, print and online content published or aired by the original media outlet are eligible, including campus media and journalism produced during undergraduate internships and student-held part-time jobs.
  • Class assignments not published, posted or broadcast to the public aren't eligible.
  • Stories with bylines shared with non-students and work from post-graduate internships aren't eligible.
  • Work from mid-career journalists who have worked five or more years as full-time professional journalists before returning to school aren't eligible.
  • Republished or rebroadcast stories aren't eligible.

 

Rachel Carson Environment Book Award: A nonfiction book that covers an environmental topic and was published in print or electronically in 2020.

Eligibility:

  • Republished books are not eligible, even if substantially altered.
  • Memoirs and picture books are not eligible.
  • Photojournalism books that tell an environmental story through images and text are eligible.
  • Four books are required for entry. See shipping info above. If your entry wins first place, three more copies are required for judges of the Nina Mason Pulliam $10,000 Outstanding Journalism Award.

 

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