SEJ 2022 Awards: How To Enter

Before anything, note this...

DEADLINE TO ENTER: MARCH 1, 2022

Late deadline: April 5. Extra fees apply.


You don't have to be a member to enter. Member on-time entry fee is $45; nonmember is $110. 
See the Payment Section below for late-entry fees and about applying for membership.

GATHER THESE MATERIALS BEFORE ENTERING

  • A cover letter is mandatory in all categories.
    • It may be submitted by the reporter entering the contest or any other individual, and should help judges understand difficulties the reporter faced, impacts of the story or other information that would interest judges.
    • The cover letter must include a list of stories submitted, with their dates, except for the book category. Cover letters are extremely helpful to judges in their deliberations in describing difficulties faced by the author(s), how these were overcome, any changes that resulted from publication, etc.
    • It can be typed in, pasted in or uploaded as a file.
  • Your story links: 
    • Related stories and sidebars published or aired the same day count as one story. Group same-day stories and sidebars together in your cover letter.
    • If you're using URLs for judges to access stories, link them in the cover letter.
    • Do not use a general link that contains a list of stories, as that list might contain stories you're not submitting. 
  • PDFs are also accepted.
    • You can upload up to five PDFs.
    • Combine PDFs of stories, related stories and sidebars that were published or aired on the same day. (Help with combining PDFs.)
    • Related stories and sidebars published or aired the same day count as one story.
  • Access codes for your stories. If your links are behind a paywall or limited to fewer stories than your entry contains, you need to include access information.
  • Transcripts for recorded stories: If you enter audio or television stories, or if your online entry includes audio/video components.
  • Run time for recorded stories: Total run time for all recorded stories in your entry may not exceed 60 minutes. 
  • Credit card for online payment. (See payment info below.) (Checks are also accepted.)

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.
  • Write down your invoice number. You'll need it to enter the contest.
  • Once you've paid, a page will open with links to the category entry forms.
  • Watch for your payment confirmation.
    • The payment confirmation contains the link to the categories page and your invoice number.
    • If you don't see it, check your spam. (Add SEJ to your contacts to help avoid spam hazards.)
  • 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.
    • If you enter the wrong category, SEJ will try but isn't obligated to notify you to change it.
    • BE SURE YOU ENTER THE CORRECT CATEGORY!
  • The contest entry site is Submittable. If you've entered this contest in the last three years 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 July 1. We'll let winners know ASAP after that and will announce after winners have been contacted.

 

BOOK ENTRY INSTRUCTIONS

Hard-copy books:

  • Books must have an original copyright date of 2021. Books published in English for the first time during the contest year that were previously published in another language are eligible.
  • Cover letters are mandatory. You can upload it onto the entry form.
  • After completing the online form, mail four copies of your book to Chris Bruggers at the 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.

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

Don't forget the deadline of March 1! (Late deadline with $100 fee: April 5)


 

PAYMENT INFORMATION AND FEE SCHEDULE

  • AMEX, Visa, Mastercard and PayPal accepted. US funds only.
  • Payment by check or PayPal:
    • Book publishers and others needing to pay by check can select the “Invoice me” 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.
  • Only members of SEJ may enter at the member rate. SEJ member rate applies only if the member is part of the entered team. Members cannot be included on the team solely to make the entry eligible for the member rate. 
    If you are unsure of your membership status, please check your profile, or contact SEJ at sej@sej.org.
  • You can enter the contest multiple times, but... 
    • A SEPARATE ENTRY FEE IS REQUIRED FOR EACH ENTRY. Return to this page and click the payment link below for each time you enter the contest.
    • Watch for your payment confirmation. It contains your invoice number -- needed for the entry form -- and the link to the contest entry forms.
    • You'll need a new invoice number for each time you enter
  • WATCH FOR YOUR EMAILED PAYMENT CONFIRMATION. It has your invoice number (needed for the entry form) and the link to the entry forms. 

Member Application Information

You don't have to be a member to enter, but qualifying non-members may join SEJ prior to entering and pay the member rate. 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.)

Reminder: SEJ membership must be current to access the SEJ member rate. If membership dues or awards fees pose a barrier, current or lapsed members can request a fee-waiver from the SEJ Members in Need fund. If you'd like to help, you can make a donation to the fund here.

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.

Back to instructions

Did you calendar the deadline yet? MARCH 1

TO ENTER THE CONTEST, START WITH ONE OF THESE PAYMENT FORMS:

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

PAY BOOK CATEGORY ENTRY FEE

After paying the fee, you will be routed to Submittable to complete your entry.


 

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, 2021 and January 31, 2022. 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 1/31/22 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, 2021 and January 31, 2022. 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, 2021 and January 31, 2022, may be submitted. Entry must be the work of three journalists maximum, plus a photographer, graphics artist, or other individual vital to the development of the stories. 

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, 2021 and January 31, 2022, may be submitted. Entry must be the work of three journalists maximum, plus a photographer, graphics artist, or other individual vital to the development of the stories. 

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 1/31/22 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, 2021 and January 31, 2022. 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 1/31/22 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, 2021 and January 31, 2022. 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 1/31/22 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, 2021 and January 31, 2022.

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 1/31/22 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, 2021 and January 31, 2022.

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 1/31/22 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, 2021 and January 31, 2022.

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 with an original copyright date of 2021.

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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