Eligibility & Rules

 

Please read carefully as some procedures have changed for the 2021 competition.

 

Eligibility - UPDATED FOR 2021 COMPETITION

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1 - Any journalist or media outlet (print, digital or broadcast) may enter submissions on a subject related to business, finance and/or economics.

2 - Individual authors may submit a maximum of two (2) submissions.

3 - Authors with joint bylines may submit a maximum of three (3) submissions.

4 - Each outlet is limited to two (2) submissions per category. 

5 - The same submission may only be entered a maximum of two (2) times.

6 - Consideration is limited to items/elements published or broadcast in the United States in the calendar year 2020.

7 - Any significant challenge to the honesty, accuracy or fairness of an entry in any category, as well as responses to the challenge, should be included in the submission. Published letters of complaint, corrections or retractions are examples of items relevant to the judging process.

8 - All entries should include a cover letter. Any claims of significant impact or change resulting from the journalism contained in the submission, and referenced in the cover letter, must be accompanied by URLs supporting those claims.

9 - For the 2021 competition, the entry PDF is optional. Note: The judges' preference is to use the entry PDF for judging review when the submission's elements are all articles.

10 - Entries are only accepted via the official call-for-entries submissions website.

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Competition Category Submission Rules - UPDATED FOR 2021 COMPETITION

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Elements - Quantity

  • Each submission, in the following categories, shall consist of no more than five (5) elements for each category.
    Beat Reporting, Breaking News, Commentary, Explanatory, Feature, Images/Graphics/Interactives, International, Investigative, Local and Personal Finance
  • Each submission, in the following categories, shall consist of no more than three (3) elements and must include transcripts: Audio and Video

Elements - Types & Combinations

  • You may choose to have elements of the same type or combine types of elements in your submission.
  • Element types are as follows: print, digital, audio (broadcast radio, satellite radio and online), video (broadcast television, cable television, streaming and online), still photography, graphics/data visualization, interactives, podcasts, blog and social media.

Elements - Submission Form URL Fields (UPDATED FOR 2021 COMPETITION)

  • Working URL(s) must be provided, in the submission form fields, for all internet accessible elements.
    • For Audio or Video categories: Please include transcripts as a PDF with the submission.
  • Usernames/passwords must be provided for all elements behind paywalls.
  • Usernames/passwords must be valid until October 2021.

Cover Letter - Submission Form Text Field (UPDATED FOR 2021 COMPETITION)

  • All entries must include a cover letter for the judges.
  • Cut & paste the cover letter text into the new field on the submission form.
  • Any claims of change-making or significant impact, referenced in the cover letter, must be accompanied by URLs supporting those claims.

Authors & Contributors - Submission Form Text Fields

  • Names and email addresses of journalists/authors/creators for each element must be provided in the submission form fields.
  • If the entry is selected as a finalist, these will be the names officially announced.

PDF - Optional (UPDATED FOR 2021 COMPETITION)

  • The entry PDF is optional for the 2021 competition. Note: The judges' preference is to use the entry PDF for judging review when the submission's elements are all articles.
    • All elements of the submission must be submitted in a single PDF file.
    • The submission PDF file's pages should be in the following order:
      • PAGE 1 - The first page of the PDF file should include a Cover Letter for the Judges.
        • The Cover Letter can be longer than one (1) page if needed.
        • Any claims of change-making or significant impact, referenced in the cover letter, must be accompanied by URLs supporting those claims.
      • PAGE 2 - The second page of the PDF file should include:
        • Title of submission
        • Category in which it is being submitted
        • Numbered List of Elements with their active URLs (if applicable)
        • Names of all journalists/authors/creators of each element.
          • If the submission is selected as a finalist, these will be the names officially announced.
      • PAGE 3 & BEYOND - These pages should contain printable (and legible) versions of all of your elements (in the same order as your List of Elements).
        • For elements of audio, video, interactives, graphics, social media, etc. please provide a screenshot with a note to refer to the URL on the List of Elements page. (Note: the judges are instructed to visit the URLs provided in your submission.)
        • For submissions in the Audio or Video categories, please include transcripts.

Integrity

  • Any significant challenge to the honesty, accuracy or fairness of an entry in any category, as well as responses to the challenge, should be included in the submission. Published letters of complaint, corrections or retractions are examples of items relevant to the judging process and should be noted in your Cover Letter or List of Elements and included in your submission.

Supplemental Material

  • Supplemental (unpublished) material will not be accepted.
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Lifetime Achievement & Lawrence Minard Editor Award Submission Rules

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1 - Please be prepared to provide the nominee's name, title and organization.

2 - In a single PDF file, please provide the following:

a) Biography of the nominee.
b) Minimum of three (3) letters of support or a maximum of five (5) letters of support. (The letters of support should be compelling and provide a justification for the nomination.)
c) For Minard Editor Award submissions only: There should be letters of support from journalists whose work the nominee has edited, with a description of how the work was enhanced by the nominee's input.
d) For Minard Editor Award submission only: Include a list of pieces/stories edited by the nominee. The list should also include URLs for each piece/story and a short paragraph regarding the impact the nominee's role, as the editor, had on the pieces/stories.

3 - You may nominate more than one journalist and/or editor.

4 - All nominations must be submitted online.

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Entry Fees

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Each entry must be accompanied by an entry fee payable online.

All Competition Categories: $100 per entry

Career Achievement Categories: Free

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Entry Deadline - UPDATED FOR 2021 COMPETITION

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Thursday, March 31 at 11:59:59 p.m. PST

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