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 12/08/2014)

Books, Drama, and Music Entries

Online entry site

The entry site is closed for book, drama and music entries. The book deadline was October 1, 2014, and the drama and music deadline was December 31, 2014. The site will reopen for new entries in May 2015.

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)

(updated 11/24/2014)

Journalism Entries

Online entry site

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: 1/26/2015

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 12/17/2014)