Timetable and procedure

The European Press Prize will publish the 2020 shortlist on April 6th at 12 CET and the winners on June 11th. 

Eligibility

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 can 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. If you need assistance with writing this in English, please reach out to us at info[at]europeanpressprize.com.

Submission

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 October 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 form.

Rules

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

For authors submitting articles for the Investigative Reporting Award, Distinguished Reporting Award, and Innovation Award, only one article may be submitted per author.

For the Opinion Award, up to three articles may be submitted per author.

For the 2020 edition of the European Press Prize, the publication date should be between December 1st 2018 and December 31st 2019.

Judging

After the entries have come in, they will be assessed and sifted through by the Preparatory Committee, consulting widely.

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 where the winners will be announced.

The Panel of Judges makes the final selection of winners and choose the recipient of the Special Award. The winners will be announced during the Ceremony in May.

The following rules are adhered during the judging process:

# Prepcom and judges cannot enter the contest in the year they are judging.

# Each prepcom / judge, whether an ordinary member or chair, has one equal vote.

# All proceedings and deliberations of each jury are conducted in confidence.

# If prepcom members or judges recognise they are personally involved in submitted work, through either a personal or professional relationship, for instance when working for the same organisation, they must declare their interest openly at the beginning of any discussions on the work and withhold their vote.

# The laureates will be announced in two stages. First of all, nominees in all categories will be announced. Secondly, the winners in all categories, including the Special Award will be announced at the award ceremony.

# The chair of the prepcom will sit in at the judges meeting to elaborate on the year’s entries and choices made by prepcom. The chair of the prepcom does not hold a formal vote during the meeting of judges.

Formats

Entries should be submitted digitally by completing the form on this website. Only complete forms can be entered. Articles must be submitted in both PDF/JPEG and Word doc.format.

If you have an English translation, please submit as well.  

Shortlist

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

If you have any questions or want to recommend projects you have seen, email us at info[@]europeanpressprize.com.