The entry Website for 2015 journalism entries is now open. Reporting, writing, photos and cartoons published by eligible news organizations in calendar 2014 can be submitted. Remember, some magazines and their news sites are eligible for the first time this year in two categories only: Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing (full press release; most asked questions)
Please read the Journalism Guidelines and Technical Requirements on the How to Enter page before submitting your entry. Also note the new guidelines for entry letters. Most common technical mistakes: don't submit one large PDF of all your stories -- they must be split up into separate files, and if you are submitting a multimedia package, it must be the only item in your entry.
Enter early! Good luck! --12/12/2014
The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, which honor the work of American newspapers and news sites, have expanded eligibility for two prize categories, Investigative Reporting and Feature Writing, to include many online and print magazines, the Pulitzer Prize Board announced today.
"After a considered review and discussion, we are adopting these changes in a spirit of experimentation, rooted in a commitment to the enduring values of great journalism," said Danielle Allen, chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. "We have chosen to focus our evolution on investigative reporting because of its relevance to public life and feature writing because of its emphasis on literary merit." -- 12/08/2014
Entrants must use the online entry system to provide entry information, upload entrant photographs and pay the $50 entry fee for each entry by credit card. Actual entry material – recordings and scores (if available) / or scripts and videos (if available) -- must still be sent in hard-copy form to The Pulitzer Prize office via postal or other physical delivery by December 31 (postmark).
For the Music Prize, changes in recent years reflect the Pulitzer Prize Board’s desire to consider the full range of distinguished American music, from contemporary symphonic work to jazz, opera, choral, musical theater, movie scores and other forms of musical excellence. -- 11/24/2014
On Tuesday, November 11, prizewinning journalists discussed how their reporting and commentary exposed the plight of the overlooked and neglected.
Participants included Chris Hamby, formerly of The Center for Public Integrity, Joanna Bean, of The Gazette, Colorado Springs and David Philipps formerly of The Gazette, and Stephen Henderson, of the Detroit Free Press.
Sheila Coronel, director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, and dean of academic affairs at The Journalism School, Columbia University, moderated the program. -- 11/12/2014
Mike Pride, the former editor of the Concord Monitor who led his small New Hampshire newspaper to national prominence and served as co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, has been named administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes.
The appointment, effective Sept. 1, was announced by the Pulitzer Board and by Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University, where the prestigious prizes in journalism, letters, drama and music are administered.
Pride succeeds Sig Gissler, 78, former editor of The Milwaukee Journal and Columbia Journalism School faculty member, who will retire Aug. 1 after 12 years as administrator.
Pride, 67, became editor of the Monitor in 1983 after serving as managing editor. Under his leadership the Monitor won the New England Newspaper of the Year Award 19 times, as well as numerous national awards for excellence. The paper was cited by Time magazine and the Columbia Journalism Review as one of the best papers in the country. In 2008, the Monitor won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.
The Pulitzer Prizes play an important role in helping America honor its commitment to democracy, the newly elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board told the luncheon ceremony at Columbia University where the 2014 prizes in journalism, books, music and drama were presented.
Drawing on the Declaration of Independence for inspiration, Danielle Allen, a political philosopher at the Institute for Advanced Study, said that in a complicated world "deep reporting in the pursuit of truth, effective writing in pursuit of insight and edification, and unflagging advocacy of a culture of reading" gave hope for the nation’s future.
She described the Pulitzer Board’s deliberations as "the most intense, forthright, rigorous and collegial of any I’ve ever been privileged to be part of." -- 05/28/2014
On April 14, 2014 Pulitzer Prizewinners in journalism and the arts from across the country uncorked the champagne and cheered in celebration.
At left, David Philipps, of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, winner of the National Reporting prize, waves his bottle next to photographer Michael Ciaglo. Awarded for "Other than Honorable," a story that expanded the examination of how wounded combat veterans are mistreated, this is the newspaper's second Pulitzer win in its 124-year history.
The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes will be awarded at a luncheon ceremony at Columbia University in New York City on May 28, 2014. -- 04/21/2014
Our expanded archive now includes articles and other entry material submitted by finalists for the 2014 Journalism Prizes.
Three finalists in each category are selected by separate Nominating Juries. The Pulitzer Prize Board chooses the winner from among the three finalists. The other two entries, not selected as Prize winners, are designated as Nominated Finalists.
Sig Gissler, who helped move the Pulitzer Prizes more deeply into the digital age, will retire as administrator this summer, Columbia University announced today.
Gissler, 78, became the Pulitzer administrator in 2002. During his tenure, the Pulitzer Board opened its journalism competition to entries from online-only news organizations and encouraged a full range of digital components, such as video and other multimedia formats. Three years ago, the journalism Prizes adopted an all-digital entry and judging system, replacing paper entries.
"For a dozen years, Sig has been a devoted and wise steward of the Pulitzer Prizes and the machinery that produces them," said Paul Tash, chairman of the Pulitzer Board. "It is a little hard to imagine the Prizes without him." -- 01/15/2014