Some of the most frequently asked questions are answered below. If you still have any other questions you can always send us an email on [email protected].

How many awards are there?

Five – worth 10,000 euros each. There is also a Special Award the jury can decide to award.

1. The Investigative Reporting Award – For the individual or team effort which has done most to unearth facts that the public – and society – has a right to know;

2. The Distinguished Reporting Award – For the best reportage and feature writing illuminating vital issues at home and abroad;

3. The Public Discourse Award – For the commentator, columnist or editor whose work has made a decisive impact;

4. The Innovation Award – For the idea – presentational, technical or in terms of editorial techniques – that has made a clear contribution to journalism’s future;

5. The Migration Journalism Award – For acclaimed examples of migrant or migration journalism;

The Special Award – From 2013 on, the judges will be empowered to award a special prize for particular excellence in editing or any other discipline, including reporting, feature write and advocacy.

Which countries’ journalists are eligible to compete?

Any of the 46 countries which make up the Council of Europe with the addition of Belarus and Russia are eligible – although this is not a Council of Europe contest or an EU one. We have just taken the widest possible practical definition of Europe.

What do I have to send in and where?

Entries can be sent in using the entry form on this website, which requires adding the full text of the entry as well as a Word/text-based file.

What’s the timetable for the European Press Prize?

The European Press Prize will welcome entries from October 1, every year. The entry deadline is mid-December. For the entries for the 2024 edition, this is December 15, 2023.

After the entry deadline, our Preparatory Committee will start going through entries – ordering translations, consulting observers from journalism university departments, foreign-based correspondents and trusted observers in order to reduce the number of entries to no more than six in each category. The shortlist they select, is being published under ‘Stories’ on our website.

Who is on the Preparatory Committee?

The chairman of the PrepCom is Cristan Lupsa. He is joined by our other Preparatory Committee members.

Their aim is to find a selection of the highest quality entries to pass on to the main judging panel.

When will that full panel sit?

At a prearranged time during January and February/March.

What is the composition of the Panel of Judges?

Alan Rusbridger, giant of journalism and former Editor-in-Chief of The Guardian is the chair of the Panel of Judges. The full Panel of Judges can be seen here.

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced at the yearly European Press Prize Award Ceremony. The ceremony normally takes place in May or June every year. All nominees will be asked to attend the ceremony. For more information, keep an eye out on our social media.