Welcome to the 2018 Deadline Club Annual Awards Contest!

Deadline Extended!

The Deadline Club’s 2018 Journalism Awards contest entry period is open!. Entries will now be accepted through Friday February 23, 2018. The 2018 contest honors journalism from 2017.

All entries must be made electronically through this site.

To enter, please register at the top of this page, and then log in. We strongly suggest you read through our Contest Rules before finalizing any entry.

For a list of file formats that we accept, refer to the technical requirements in our rules.

If you are having any difficulty with the contest entry site, or have general questions that are not covered in the contest guidelines in the rules section of this site, contact us at awards@deadlineclub.org. 

The contest covers work that was published or broadcast in 2017. Entrants must be employees of or freelancers for news organizations with an office within a 50-mile radius of Columbus Circle in New York City.

Please read the contest guidelines carefully before entering. Judges reserve the right to move an entry to another category that may be more appropriate. In some cases, they may decide that a category merits no winners.

Entries will be judged on fairness, balance and accuracy; thoroughness, timeliness and clarity; news language and technical skills exhibited; enterprise, resourcefulness and obstacles overcome; effort involved in preparation; and the story’s interest and importance to the public.

The fee is $85 per entry. A work may be submitted to multiple categories, but a separate entry fee must be paid for each category. No entry will be judged unless the fee is paid by the contest entry deadline.

Fees may be paid by credit card on our website. Payments by check must be postmarked by the entry deadline, TBD, and mailed to The Deadline Club, c/o Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003. Make checks payable to The Deadline Club, and indicate on the check the name of your organization and how many entries were made on the contest entry system. Please e-mail awards@deadlineclub.org to notify us that your payment will be made by check.

From time to time, we may have questions for entrants. Please provide your full contact information when completing the online application. Include the individual’s name, organization, e-mail address, mail address and phone number. If possible, please provide a backup contact, and indicate if someone else should be notified about making plans to attend the awards dinner, where the winners will be announced.

Finalists in each category will be announced in April, and winners will be announced at our annual awards dinner on May 21 at the Harvard Club of New York City.

The Deadline Club is New York City’s chapter of The Society of Professional Journalists.


Contest at a glance:

Deadline: February 23, 2018

Fee: $85 per submission, paid by credit card or postmarked by the entry deadline. Make checks payable to The Deadline Club.




  • Read Getting Started for an overview of what will be expected of all judges this year.
  • Register for the judging by clicking on the "Register" button located on the top right of this page.
  • Log in at the top right to prompt a "Username" and "Password" request.
  • Once logged in, please click on "Welcome" located on the top right of this site to access "Your Account." Click on the "Your Account" to review your registration information.
    Update any contact information here.
  • When ready to judge: Click on Your Assignment and select Decisions.
  • Skim the list of entries assigned to you by clicking on the respective Entry Title.
  • Once inside each entry, click the Submission tab then click the icon underneath where it says "File Image" to download/vide the files.
  • Read the Judging Guidelines and make certain that you understand them before meeting the rest of your team to make your final choices.
  • Make a time to gather with your fellow judges, in person or by phone or on video chat before decisions are due on April 6.
  • Bring a mobile device such as a laptop or iPad to review the entries with your fellow judges during the judging session. Select 2 finalists and 1 winner, and write a short
    statement about the winner.
  • Contact us at awards@deadlineclub.org if there is anything you do not understand.

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