Entering a journalism awards contest may seem daunting and perhaps even presumptuous. But veteran journalists and honorees of the Education Writers Association’s National Awards for Education Reporting recommend several techniques to make the process easy and inspiring — and improve your chances of impressing the judges.
The most important tip is simply to enter. You can’t win if you don’t enter. And even if you don’t win, you’ll get your work in front of veteran journalists and editors who may be looking for new talent.
Entries Are Open for the 2021 National Awards for Education Reporting
Journalists Working in All Media Invited to Compete
The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 National Awards for Education Reporting. Journalists may submit entries from Nov. 15, 2021, through Jan. 10, 2022.
Journalists who published work in 2021 on any education topic in any medium are encouraged to enter EWA’s annual journalism contest, which honors the best of education reporting across all news media. The awards program offers a total of 20 prizes, with cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.
The Education Writers Association’s 2021 National Awards for Education Reporting competition consists of seven categories. In addition, EWA welcomes entries for the Eddie Prize.
Entrants should review all categories before entering their submissions.
2021 Awards Frequently Asked Questions
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Most common questions about the awards are listed here.
All entries must have been published, posted or broadcast in an independent news outlet for the first time in 2021, with the following exceptions: EWA does accept series in which some of the articles were published during the 2020–2021 school year. However, a majority of the series’ pieces must have run in the calendar year 2021. One note of caution: Stories published or broadcast in 2020 that were recognized in last year’s EWA awards are ineligible for consideration in this year’s awards.
The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce that it will again administer the Eddie Prize, the journalism prize from EGF Accelerator that recognizes the best work on the challenges low-income students face getting into and/or completing college.