European Press Prize: Open for Entries

The European Press Prize will welcome entries for the 2016 edition from the 1st of November until the 18th of December.

The European Awards for Journalism will be given in four different categories. Each award will be for 10,000 euros, to be spent wherever possible on a personal project that may, in turn, enrich the practice of journalism. The judges are also empowered to award a special prize for particular excellence in editing or any other discipline, including reporting, feature write and advocacy. The winners’ work will be published on the website of the European Press Prize.

The categories are:

  • The Investigative Reporting Award
    For the individual or team effort which has done most to unearth facts that the public – and society – has a right to know.
  • The Distinguished Writing Award
    A prize that salutes the best reportage and feature writing illuminating vital issues at home and abroad.
  • The Commentator Award
    For the commentator, columnist or editor whose work has made a decisive impact.
  • The Innovation Award
    For the idea – presentational, technical or in terms of editorial techniques – that has made a clear contribution to journalism’s future.
  • The Special Award
    From 2013, the judges will be empowered to award a special prize for particular excellence in editing or any other discipline, including reporting, feature write and advocacy.


After the entries have come in, they will be assessed and sifted by the Preparatory Committee, consulting widely. This committee will narrow the choice in each category to about six entries.

The Preparatory Committee’s choices and the resulting shortlists will be published on the European Press Prize website.

The main Panel of Judges will then meet to make its final selection of winners. The winners will be announced during our Ceremony in April. All winners will be asked to attend the awards ceremony and conference.


Entries should be submitted firstly digitally by completing the form on this website. Only complete forms can be entered. All entries should be accompanied by a synopsis in English (250 words maximum), explaining the theme of the article or articles, together with an assessment of its impact and reception. The full text of the article(s) must be submitted in a Word or PDF document.


After the Preparatory Committee makes the first preliminary shortlist, journalists will be contacted to enter samples and evidence of the entered work.

Examples are:

  • A specimen from the printed or published version
  • Photo’s of published articles
  • A hard copy of a printed web-page
  • Further explanation of effect and role (500 words) in English
  • Independent testimonial assessing impact and importance in English
  • A signed letter of support from an editor, publisher or independent and respectable assessor in the country of origin.

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