The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association is now accepting submissions for its 2013 Excellence in Journalism Awards. Work published in 2012 is eligible and submissions are due Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association's (NLGJA) Excellence in Journalism Awards recognize outstanding coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in print news, print feature, print opinion/editorial, television, radio, online, photojournalism and student journalism.

NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students who work within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members.

Award Categories

  • NLGJA Journalist of the Year Award
  • Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media
  • NLGJA Excellence in Student Journalism Award
  • NLGJA Excellence in News Writing Award
  • NLGJA Excellence in Feature Writing Award
  • NLGJA Excellence in Opinion/Editorial Writing Award
  • NLGJA Excellence in Online Journalism Award
  • NLGJA Excellence in Multimedia Award
  • NLGJA Excellence in Network Television Award
  • NLGJA Excellence in Local Television Award
  • NLGJA Excellence in Radio Award
  • NLGJA Excellence in Photojournalism Award
  • NLGJA Excellence in HIV/AIDS Coverage Award

Prizes

Winners will be recognized during NLGJA National Convention & LGBT Media Summit, August 22-25, 2013. Individuals should receive notification of competition results prior to June 30, 2013. 

Entry Fees

  • $25 per entry for current NLGJA members, or free for student members.
  • $40 per entry for non-members, or $15 for student non-members. Join today at nlgja.org to receive the special member rate.
  • American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted on the entry website.
  • No refunds will be issued.

General Rules & Requirements

    • Initial publication/broadcast must have occurred between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012.
    • Entries must arrive at NLGJA's National Office on or by Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
    • NLGJA national officers and directors and those individuals directly involved in the administration and/or selection of the awards are ineligible.
    • Contestants may enter as many categories as desired, and may submit as many entries per category as desired. Each entry requires a separate entry fee.
    • Entries must be accompanied by the correct entry fee. Entries will not be processed and submitted to the judges until payment is received. There is no entry fee for student members entering the student journalism category and a reduced rate of $15 for all other students.
    • Each entry may carry up to five (5) individuals' names, except in the NLGJA Journalist of the Year Award category and the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media category. These categories recognize the accomplishments of an individual journalist.
    • Please ensure that the name of each entrant is spelled correctly as they should appear on certificates, press releases, etc.
    • Entries for each category must be submitted electronically please contact bach@nlgja.org for exceptions. Print/online work may be submitted as a URL or as a PDF document. Broadcast categories may be submitted as a URL, uploaded file or by mail on DVD or CD. File uploads are preferred. Materials submitted by mail require five (5) copies of the work entered. Please label each with your name, phone number and e-mail address. Refer to the category guidelines listed below for more specific instructions.
    • Entries may be accompanied by a cover letter of no more than 250 words explaining the context, journalistic merit or impact of the submission. Please submit electronically through the application.
    • Judges have the right to disqualify entries that do not conform to the contest guidelines or that do not meet the deadline. Entrants will not be notified of such disqualification nor will entry fees be refunded.
    • Judges have the right to transfer entries from one category to another based on their reading of the contest guidelines. Entrants will not be notified of such a transfer prior to the announcement of awards.
    • Judges have the right to withhold an award if they determine that no entries merit recognition.
    • All entries submitted by mail will not be returned.

Judging of Entries

A diverse committee of journalism professionals will select winners. The decision of the judges is final.

Category Guidelines

Writing Submissions

Submit PDFs or URLs on the entry website.
Submissions must be a single story or closely related set of stories, such as a series or package on a single subject.

Television Submissions

Electronic submissions are preferred. Please contact bach@nlgja.org for for large file guidelines.
Submissions must be a single story or closely related set of stories, such as a series or package on a single subject.
Network vs. Local Television: Entries are considered “Network Television” if they are produced for a national audience, whether distributed by network, cable or syndication. Entries are considered “Local Television” if they are first broadcast on a single station or network affiliate. Materials will not be returned.

Radio Submissions

Electronic submissions are preferred. Please contact bach@nlgja.org for for large file guidelines.
Submissions must be a single story or closely related set of stories, such as a series or package on a single subject.
PLEASE NOTE: Podcasts must be entered into the online category.

Online Journalism Submissions

This category honors creative use of the Internet to deliver LGBT content, and is restricted to material produced exclusively for the Internet. Examples include articles published through mainstream newspaper's LGBT-themed section, LGBT-related blog or online news outlet, etc. Sites solely promoting political advocacy are ineligible, though opinion work is acceptable.
Submissions must be a single story or closely related set of stories, such as a series or package on a single subject. Submit a working URL on the entry website.

Multimedia Submissions

This category honors use of the Internet or other electronic media to deliver LGBT content, and is restricted to material expressed using more than one electronic media. Examples include a mainstream newspaper's LGBT-themed section, an LGBT-related blog or online news outlet, etc. Sites solely promoting political advocacy are ineligible, though opinion work is acceptable.
Electronic submissions are preferred. Submit a working URL on the entry website. Please contact bach@nlgja.org for for large file guidelines. Mail Submissions: Submit five (5) DVDs. Label each with your name, phone number and e-mail address.

Photojournalism Submissions

Submit PDFs or image files that are compatible across multiple operating system platforms (JPEG or TIFF, for instance). You may include photo captions on the PDF or attach a separate file with captions if images are submitted as image files. 
Submissions must be a single image or closely related set of images, such as a series or package on a single subject.

NLGJA Excellence in Student Journalism Award

This category recognizes outstanding work done by a student for a campus or student news organization. Unpublished manuscripts, classroom exercises and unaired broadcasts do not qualify.
Submissions must follow the appropriate entry format rules as described above for writing, TV, radio, online or photojournalism. Materials will not be returned.

NLGJA Journalist of the Year Award

This category honors an LGBT journalist whose exceptional abilities, integrity and distinctive work brought honor to the profession within the past year. This award is not restricted to coverage of LGBT issues.
Entries should include no more than five (5) pieces of the individual's body of work and/or a statement of personal accomplishment. All must have been published/aired (print, broadcast, online) during the time period specified by the competition (Jan. 1, 2012 - Dec. 31, 2012).
Submissions must follow the appropriate entry format rules as described above for writing, TV, radio, online or photojournalism. Materials will not be returned.

The Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media

This is a body of work award recognizing the contributions of an individual journalist.
The body of work may be represented by no more than five (5) pieces, and all must have been published/aired in LGBT news media (print, broadcast, online) during the time period specified by the competition (Jan. 1, 2012 - Dec. 31, 2012).
Submissions must follow the appropriate entry format rules as described above for writing, TV, radio, online or photojournalism. Materials will not be returned.

NLGJA Excellence in HIV/AIDS Coverage Award

This category recognizes outstanding one-time or ongoing coverage of HIV/AIDS.
Submissions must follow the appropriate entry format rules as described above for writing, TV, radio, online or photojournalism. Materials will not be returned.

Please contact Bach Polakowski at bach@nlgja.org or (202) 588 - 9888 with any questions or comments.