Rules & Eligibility


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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