Rules & Eligibility

1

All entries must have been published or aired in 2019 except for in specified online categories.

2

First, second and third places will be awarded in each competitive category with judges’ discretion. Judges reserve the right to decline to award. If only one entry is submitted in a category, Syracuse Press Club will return the entry fee and submission and no winner will be awarded.

3

The contest is open to journalists working in and published within the following 21 counties of New York State: Onondaga, Madison, Cortland, Cayuga, Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Delaware, Chenango, Broome, Tompkins and Seneca; and as far west as State Route 14 in Tioga, Chemung, Wayne, Schuyler and Yates counties.

4

There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit in each category.

5

The same story may not be entered twice. It is up to the contestant to decide in which category their submission best belongs.

6

The fee is $15 per entry submitted before Jan. 15, 2020. After Jan. 15, the cost for professional journalists increases to $20. The student fee remains $15.

7

Entries must be complete, with all required fields filled out, and attachments or links submitted, at or before 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2020. Incomplete or late entries may be disqualified.

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To ensure fairness, the Syracuse Press Club, whenever possible, uses panels of judges from outside the contest area.