2024 Deadline Club Awards


Contest Information

  • The Deadline Club journalism competition, one of the most prestigious in New York, draws more than 550 entries each year. The 2024 contest covers work that was published or broadcast in 2023. The awards will be presented across 36 distinct categories. Click here to view the full description of each.


Key Dates

  • The submission window for contest entries runs from December 5, 2023 through February 12, 2024. Finalists are announced in April. Winners are announced at the Awards Dinner on May 16, 2024.

February 12

Submission window closes.


Finalists announced.

May 16

Winners announced at Awards Dinner.


Rules & Eligibility

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.

  • Content of entries may not be altered from original publication or broadcast, except for shortening as specified in the radio and television categories.
  • Entries originally published or aired in a language other than English may be submitted if the original and an exact translation into English are supplied. Any corrections, clarifications or retractions made after initial publishing or broadcast must be submitted as part of the entry. 
  • Also, copies of any written challenges to the report’s accuracy sent to the entrant or the news organization by or on behalf of those mentioned – including but not limited to letters, emails or legal papers – must be included with the entry. Any responses by the news organization should also be included.
  • If you choose to include a cover letter, let it speak for you. Explain why you believe your entry is the finest example of journalism in its category.
  • 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.
  • Entries will be judged by experienced journalists. In some cases, they may decide that a category merits no winners.


Entry Fees & Payment

  • The first entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, January 31. Entries submitted before the first entry deadline will be $90 per entry. Entries submitted after Wednesday, January 31 will be $120 per entry. The final deadline to submit entries is Monday, February 12 at 11:59 p.m. 
  • An entry will not be judged unless the fee has been paid in full by the entry deadline. The fee may be paid using a credit card after completing the entry process on this website. If paying by check, it must be payable to The Deadline Club and the envelope must be postmarked by the entry deadline, and mailed to: The Deadline Club, c/o Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003. When mailing a check, please include the entry fees page showing how many entries were made for your organization on the contest entry system.
  • A work may be submitted to more than one category, but a separate entry fee must be paid for each category entered.
  • Provide full contact information for the primary contact, whether that is a contest coordinator or the entrant. This should include the individual’s name, organization, e-mail address, snail mail address and phone number. If possible, please provide a backup contact, and indicate if another contact should be notified.
  • The newspaper and digital categories, including the Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting, are open to all newspapers, wire services and digital media outlets. These categories are not open to articles originally created for print magazines, which may be submitted to the magazine categories, or to audiovisual programs, which may be submitted to the audio and video categories.
  • The magazine categories are open to magazines with general circulations, magazine sections of newspapers, Sunday supplements and any digital media affiliated with these publications.
  • The radio and audio reporting category is open to radio and satellite networks, local radio stations and digital media. Original programs may include podcasts, and may be edited to the required length.
  • The digital video reporting category is open to all audiovisual media produced originally for digital distribution.
  • The television categories are open to broadcast and cable television networks and local stations. Original programs may be edited to the required length.
  • The categories open to all media include written, audio or video entries distributed through print, broadcast or digital media outlets.


Special Instructions

  • Our contest is managed by BetterBNC, and requires contestants to create an OPEN CALL CONTESTANT account before they are able to enter. If you have never entered, visit https://betternewspapercontest.com/open_contestants/register and register, even if you see your news organization listed. If you have never entered, you must create a login.
  • Once your Open Call account is verified by email (please check spam filters for the automated message from BetterBNC), complete your contestant profile and click on “My Contests” under the Open Call Contestant navigation bar menu. Search “My Contests” for “2024 Deadline Club Awards.” You will be automatically approved as a contestant in our contest and can proceed to “Manage Entries” under the Open Call Contestant navigation menu. Click on “Submit Entry” to begin completing your entry form.
  • If you already have a login, proceed in and follow the rest of the entry instructions.


Technical Requirements

  • Allowable file types are pdf, txt, doc, jpg, gif, png, docx. Video and audio entries must be submitted in the form of URLs – they cannot be uploaded to the contest site. If the entries are not already available online, they can be uploaded to a hosting site such as YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud (audio only).
  • Those who wish to submit an entry via a URL link have the following options:
    1. Print out article(s) to PDF format and submit article(s) so it can easily be accessed from our servers for offline review. (preferred)
    2. Copy and paste article(s) in a word document and submit.
    3. Place URL link(s) inside a word document

Send us your questions at awards@deadlineclub.org