SEJ 2018 Awards — HOW TO ENTER

Deadline to enter: April 2, 2018

The contest is now closed.

Instructions for Entering:

You can enter multiple times, but any one story may only be entered one time. I.e., a story entered in, e.g., Features, can't then be entered again in Features or any other category.

To access the entry forms, click on the linked names of the category descriptions below and log in, or register on the site if you don't already have a profile. 

Trouble logging in? Click Password Help. If you forget your username, email the SEJ office.

Materials needed:

• PDFs or MP3 files (10.5MB max) or links to each story (Help with low-resolution or combined PDFs)
• Confirmation that your entry ran or aired during the contest period: 3/1/2017 - 2/28/2018 (series beginning or ending outside those dates are eligible up to five stories) or book published in 2017.
• Broadcast transcript if you enter radio or television stories, or if your online entry includes audio/video components
• Broadcast run time
• Credit card for online payment. (You can opt to pay by check, but submissions are held until the check is received.)

Cover letters are voluntary.

If you are unable to reduce your file to 10.5MB, email Awards Director Chris Bruggers or call (502) 641-1844.

Book entries: Enter the contest using the online entry form below. After submitting your form and payment, ship four copies of your book to Chris Bruggers, Director of Awards (address below). Note: even if you ship your entries, you must still complete an online form.

The first-place winner of SEJ's Rachel Carson Environment Book Award will have to supply five more copies of the book in order to be judged in the Nina Mason Pulliam Award for $10,000. 

ELECTRONIC BOOKS: Include detailed instructions on how to access the book. Please include the formats available to read the book. If a special reader app is needed, supply the name of the app to search for in the entry form's "Reader App" field. If your book cannot be accessed without payment, you must supply the cost of four books plus $1.47 for postage so the director can mail reimbursements to judges. If the reader app must be purchased, include the cost for four purchases. Make your check out to Christine Bruggers and send to the address listed below.

 Please don't make your check out to SEJ or send to the SEJ office address because this will cause delays in getting your book to judges.

Print entries: Low-resolution PDF (10.5MB max) of your entry stories. (Check your category for the allowable number of stories and other details.) (Help with low-resolution or combined PDFs.) If you are unable to supply links or low-res PDFs, you may ship four copies of your entries to Chris Bruggers at the address listed below. Please include a printout of the online form. Be sure to follow the preparation rules. Note: even if you ship your entries, you must still complete an online form.

Online and broadcast entries: Web links to Internet pages where your television, radio or online news story can be viewed or listened to. Radio entries may upload MP3 files (10.5MB maximum). (Check your category for the allowable number of stories and other details.) If you are unable to supply links, you may ship four copies of your entries to Chris Bruggers at the address listed below. Please include a copy of the online form. Be sure to follow the preparation rulesNote: even if you ship your entries, you must still complete an online form.

Shipping address:

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

Follow the preparation rules for preparing your entries for shipping. Shipped entries that are incorrectly prepared will not be sent to judges. Please pay special attention to the instructions, since your payment is non-refundable.

ENTRY FEES

After completing your entry form, the payment site will open. Please pay your fee immediately after submitting your entry form. For those needing to pay by check, select the check option. Your entry will not be processed for judging until payment is received.

$45 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 (202) 558-6575.

$110 US Funds:  Non-member Rate

To enter at the member rate, you must be a member of SEJ or join SEJ prior to entering the contest.

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.

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. 

ENTRY FORMS

Deadline to enter: April 2

Read the descriptions carefully, 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 Investigative Reporting, Large Market: An investigative report or series on a single environmental topic, published or aired between March 1, 2017, and February 28, 2018. Related stories published on the same day count as one part. Audio and video 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: Print media: circulation of 125,000 average daily circulation or more, according to the latest audited figures; TV & Radio: national networks in the U.S. and elsewhere and top 40 TV markets in the U.S. as determined by Nielsen and top 40 radio markets in the U.S. as determined by Nielsen; Online: online news organizations with 50 or more employees. Small-market entities collaborating with large-market entities qualify as large-market. (This does not apply to articles or versions of articles that have been republished.) PDF or MP3 files, 10.5MB max, or links are accepted.

CLICK TO ENTER: Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting, Small Market: An investigative report or series on a single environmental topic, published or aired between March 1, 2017, and February 28, 2018. Related stories published on the same day count as one part. Audio and video 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. (This does not apply to articles or versions of articles that have been republished.) PDF or MP3 files, 10.5MB max, or links are accepted.

CLICK TO ENTER: Outstanding Beat Reporting, Large 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, 2017, and February 28, 2018. 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. Audio and video 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: Print media: circulation of 125,000 average daily circulation or more, according to the latest audited figures; TV & Radio: national networks in the U.S. and elsewhere and top 40 TV markets in the U.S. as determined by Nielsen and top 40 radio markets in the U.S. as determined by Nielsen; Online: online news organizations with 50 or more employees. Small-market entities collaborating with large-market entities qualify as large-market. (This does not apply to articles or versions of articles that have been republished.) PDF or MP3 files, 10.5MB 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, 2017, and February 28, 2018. 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. Audio and video 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. (This does not apply to articles or versions of articles that have been republished.) PDF or MP3 files, 10.5MB max, or links, are accepted.

CLICK TO ENTER: Rachel Carson Environment Book Award: A nonfiction book, published between January 1 and December 31, 2017, covering an environmental topic. Memoirs and picture books are not eligible. However, photojournalism books that tell an environmental story through images and text are 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, 2017, and February 28, 2018. Related stories published or aired on the same day count as one story. Audio and video 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 Radio, TV, Print and Online entities. PDF or MP3 files, 10.5MB 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, 2017, and February 28, 2018. Multi-part stories are prohibited. A cover letter and multimedia links may be included as supplemental materials. Eligibility: All Radio, TV, Print and Online entities. PDF or MP3 files, 10.5MB max, or links are accepted.

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