How to enter

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The Pulitzer Prize Plan of Award (pdf)
Complete guidelines and rules for submitting Pulitzer Prize entries.
Also includes Pulitzer Prize Board members and definitions of all 21 categories.
(updated 12/06/2013)

Books, Drama, and Music Entries

Online entry site

The entry site is closed for book entries. The deadline was October 1, 2014. Drama and Music entries can still be submitted until December 31, 2014.

Books Guidelines (pdf)
Deadline: 10/01/2014
Submission deadline and requirements for the prizes in Books.

(updated 05/22/2014)

Drama Guidelines (pdf)
Deadline: 12/31/2014
Submission deadline and requirements for the prize in Drama.

(updated 04/29/2014)

Music Guidelines (pdf)
Deadline: 12/31/2014
Submission deadline and requirements for the prize in Music.

(updated 04/29/2014)

Letter to Members of the Music Community (pdf)

Journalism Entries

Online entry site

The site will open for new entries in mid-December 2014. Guidelines for the previous competition are provided below for your information. The entry deadline will be January 25, 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: 1/25/2014

Journalism guidelines/FAQ (pdf)
Detailed explanation of the rules.

Technical requirements (pdf)
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 12/05/2012)