If you published articles, columns or blog posts during 2012 that you’re especially proud of, nominate them for writing awards in annual journalism contests sponsored by the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Society of Professional Journalists. Deadlines for submitting entries in both contests are coming in early 2013.
Here’s what you need to know:
The ASJA annual awards cover books and articles published during 2012. Most categories are open only to ASJA members. Two awards are open to the public: The Arlene Awards for Work that Makes a Difference and the Donald Robinson Award for Investigative Reporting.
In the book category, ASJA accepts nominations for nonfiction books deemed “highly significant” in the following categories:
- Children and young adult nonfiction
- General nonfiction
- Memoir or autobiography
- Service or self help
ASJA awards freelance articles in the following categories:
- Business, technology or science
- First-person personal experience or dramatic narrative, including “as-told-to” personal experiences
- Lifestyle article, including subjects such as travel, food and wine, culture, art, music, and leisure pursuits
- Personal essay, opinion, or op-ed, including blog-type pieces published by third parties such as The Huffington Post or BlogHer
- Reporting on a significant topic, including medical breakthroughs, new legislation, racial intolerance, environmental concerns, business or finance, etc.
- Service article, including advice, self-help, guidance, how-to, etc.
- Trade article written for a specialized industry publication intended for a specialized or professional audience
The SPJ’s Sigma Delta Chi awards recognize the best in deadline and non-deadline reporting, investigative reporting, feature writing, editorial, column and sports writing and public service journalism. Freelancers are welcome to nominate their work.
The best way to find out more is to register at the SPJ Awards website. Registration is free and you don’t have to join SPJ to register.
According to SPJ, categories for online news awards are listed on the SDX Awards website, and most awards have divisions for affiliated and independent news websites. Categories for art and graphics have a similar division structure.
To be considered, works must have aired or been published in 2012. Fees are $60 per entry for SPJ members and $100 for nonmembers. Submissions are due by Feb. 7, 2013.
Winners will be notified in May 2013, and a banquet recognizing the honorees will take place June 21, 2013, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.