2023 DIAMOND JOURNALISM AWARDS
ELIGIBILITY AND ENTRY RULES
ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED!
APRIL 5, 2023
All professional and student journalists, and freelancers, residing in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas can submit entries or have entries submitted on their behalf by news organizations that published or broadcast their work. Authors who reside in the contest states may submit work published or broadcast outside those states.
ALL ENTRIES MUST HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED OR BROADCAST IN CALENDAR YEAR 2022.
You DON’T have to be a member of the Society of Professional Journalists to enter, but members get a discount on entry fees. SPJ members must provide their membership number in order to qualify for the discount. You can join SPJ by submitting an application here. We suggest submitting entries after your SPJ membership has been confirmed.
Entries may be submitted in more than one category, but a separate entry fee is required for each category.
Any signiﬁcant challenges or corrections to an entry must be noted with the entry. Failure to do so will result in disqualification of the entry.
Non-English entries should also provide an English translation if possible.
Cover letters and supporting material are required only in conjunction with nominations for the following awards: Student Special Project, Student Journalist of the Year, Public Service, Community Journalism, FOI, Outstanding New Journalist and Diamond Journalist of the Year. Entrants in other categories may submit cover letters or supporting material at their discretion but should keep them brief.
Please ensure entry URLs remain valid through June 30, 2023, to accommodate judging and awards presentation.
Contest administrators reserve the right to combine entries in the same category from diﬀerent platforms or circulation groups if an insuﬃcient number of entries make the category non-competitive.
SPJ members: $10 per entry.
To claim the member fee, you must supply your SPJ member number (in the entry platform’s comments box). A team entry may claim the fee if at least one team member is an SPJ member. That person’s name and SPJ member number must be listed in the comments box.
Nonmembers: $20 per entry.
Student SPJ members: $5 per entry. Provide your member number.
Student nonmembers: $10 per entry.
No fees will be refunded.
HOW TO ENTER
The Diamond Journalism Awards uses the Better BNC contest management platform for entries and judging.
If you’re new to using the Better BNC entry platform, go here for instructions .
You can find all the categories here.
Go here to submit payment for entries.