2017 Annual Awards Rules

Submission Deadline: Thursday, January 26, 2017 (submissions are now closed)
  • All articles and books considered for an award must have been published in 2016 unless otherwise noted.
  • There is no limit on the number of books and/or articles that may be nominated, but each item may be nominated in only one category.
  • Unless otherwise noted, entries may be self-nominated or nominated by someone else. (Most entries are self-nominated and receive full consideration.)
  • Articles must be in PDF format and uploaded through the online submission process. No paper submissions are accepted.
  • Fees for ASJA Members: $15 per article/$25 per book nomination; nonmembers: $30 per article. Payments are made in advance of submission.
  • Articles must be in PDF format and uploaded through the online submission process. No paper submissions are accepted. Please submit through the portal on your payment confirmation email.
  • Entries are judged by the ASJA Awards Committee. It is up to the judges to determine whether there is a winner in any particular category.
  • Winners will be notified approximately one month prior to the awards presentation event on May 5, 2017.

Nomination Procedures for Other ASJA Awards


ASJA Founders Award for Career Achievement
ASJA Extraordinary Service Award
Robert C. Anderson Award
Conscience in Media Award
Open Book Award

To nominate someone for any of these awards, fill out the online form HERE. There is no fee charged.

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