How to enter

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The Pulitzer Prize Plan of Award
Complete guidelines and rules for submitting Pulitzer Prize entries.
Also includes Pulitzer Prize Board members and definitions of all 21 categories.
(updated 10/27/2015)

Books, Drama, and Music Entries

Online entry site

Books Guidelines (pdf)
Deadline: 10/01/2015
Submission deadlines and requirements for the prizes in Books. The books competition is closed and we are no longer accepting entries.

(updated 10/02/2015)

Drama Guidelines (pdf)
Deadline: 12/31/2015
Submission deadline and requirements for the prize in Drama.

(updated 05/13/2015)

Music Guidelines (pdf)
Deadline: 12/31/2015
Submission deadline and requirements for the prize in Music.

(updated 05/13/2015)

Journalism Entries

Online entry site

The entry site is closed for journalism. The deadline was January 26, 2015. The site will reopen for new entries in December 2015.

Entries must be submitted online. Entries on paper are no longer accepted. Payment of $50 entry fee is by credit card only. See FAQ 11 for information on eligibility.

Deadline: 1/25/2016

Release: Expanded eligibility for three journalism categories(10/27/2015)

Memo from Paul Gigot, chairman of The Pulitzer Prize Board: Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing - We seek wider participation across America.

Journalism guidelines/FAQ
Detailed explanation of the rules.

Technical requirements
Details on PDFs, video and other elements.

Examples of acceptable pdfs:

One column format: Washington Post
Two column format: Associated Press
Online entry format: ProPublica

Adapted from past entries, these examples illustrate readability. The Washington Post example also demonstrates how the original play of the story can be shown before it is reformatted into a one-column-wide PDF. The ProPublica example shows how an online site's text story should be reformatted, in this case as one-column-wide PDF.


Examples of online elements from winning entries


Letter to Journalism Community from the Pulitzer administrator (pdf)


Press release: Pulitzer Prizes for Journalism move to all-digital entry system. (11/30/2011)


(updated 12/17/2014)