Timetable and procedure

The European Press Prize will welcome entries for the 2019 edition from Thursday November 1st until Friday December 14th. 


Any journalist that works in or is from any of the 47 countries of the Council of Europe is eligible to compete in the European Press Prize.

The articles may be in any language, but accompanied by a synopsis in English (250 words maximum), explaining the theme of the article(s), together with an assessment of its impact and reception.

Articles should be a maximum of 5000 words in all. Going beyond that puts a heavy strain on translation resources.

The article should have been published between December 1st 2017 and December 31st 2018.

There are no limits to the amount of articles you can send in. You can either apply more than once, in, for example, different categories or with articles on different subjects. You can also add multiple articles in one entry, if they relate to each other.


There are four different categories in which journalists can send in their work: investigative reporting, distinguished reporting, opinion and innovation. You can read more about the categories when selecting ‘categories’ in the menu above. 

Each year, on November 1st, a button will become available on our website that brings you to our entry form. Please submit your article here and fill in the rest of the form. 

After the entries have come in, they will be assessed and sifted through by the Preparatory Committee, consulting widely. This committee will narrow the choice in each category to a shortlist.

The Preparatory Committee’s choices and the resulting shortlists will be published on the European Press Prize website. All shortlisted journalists will be asked to attend the ceremony. 

The Panel of Judges will then meet to make the final selection of winners and choose the recipient of the Special Award. The winners will be announced during the Ceremony in April. 


Entries should be submitted digitally by completing the form on this website. Only complete forms can be entered. The full text of the article(s) must be submitted in a Word or PDF document. If you have an English translation, please submit as well.  


After the Preparatory Committee makes the first preliminary shortlist, journalists can be contacted for additional material. 

For any questions, please email info[at]europeanpressprize.com