Timetable and procedure

The European Press Prize will welcome entries for the 2020 edition from Tuesday October 1st until Friday December 13th, 2019. 


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


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.

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.


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.

Publish date should be between December 1st 2018 and December 31st 2019.


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.  


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.