The American Society of Journalists and Authors is proud to recognize the vital work of journalists worldwide as they help audiences understand all aspects of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Introducing the first-of-its-kind COVID-19 Writing Awards. The contest is now open, and submissions will be accepted until July 3, 2020.
"Professional journalists are key in helping us all navigate the confusing and conflicting news about a worldwide crisis that is changing our lives," said Janine Latus, chair of the ASJA Crisis Coverage Awards. "ASJA is proud to recognize our colleagues' vital work as they help audiences make sense of all aspects of the coronavirus pandemic."
Submissions for this first round must be published in English anywhere in the world between January 1 and June 30, 2020. Articles that are self-nominated will receive full consideration. See rules and pricing below. Submission fees will be divided between CASH PRIZES, the Writers Emergency Assistance Fund (WEAF) and ASJA operations. Categories and rules listed below.
Deadline for entries is July 3, 2020.
- Business & Economy – including all financial aspects, the effect on contract workers, recession, furloughs, open-up movements, remote work, supply chain disruptions, unemployment and travel and tourism.
- Education – including homeschooling, school-related online classes and virtual internships.
- Healthcare – including the broad spectrum of COVID-19’s impact on medical personnel, infection spread and testing, hospital overload, the reduction of elective procedures and long-term implication of delayed treatments for issues unrelated to COVID-19.
- Mental Health – including explorations of resilience, grief, isolation, stress, pandemic fatigue, anxiety, depression and suicide.
- Personal Essays – first-person accounts of any aspect of the pandemic.
- Politics & Government – including federal, state, local and international government responses, positions by political entities, effect on campaigns and elections, stimulus efforts and the disparity of COVID-19’s impact on different demographics.
- Science – including COVID-19 research, efforts toward vaccines and treatments, virus origin and evolution and future implications.
- Social Adaptation – including parenting and innovative ways of dealing with isolation (i.e. incorporating social distancing into celebrations, finding at-home hobbies, online versions of traditionally in-person activities).
- Technology – including quarantine chats, Zoom popularity, TV shows from home (like Saturday Night Live), tracking technologies, vaccine/treatment technologies and 3D printing of protective equipment.
- All articles considered for an award must have been published in English between Jan. 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020.
- There is no limit on the number of articles that may be nominated, but each item may be nominated in only one category.
- Articles can be submitted as either a PDF copy or the URL of the article and uploaded through the online submission process. No paper submissions are accepted. Please submit through the portal on your payment confirmation email.
- Entry fee for ASJA Members: $15, Nonmembers $25, Members of other nonprofit organizations $20. Payments are made in advance of submission.
- Entries are judged by the Crisis Coverage Awards Committee. It is up to the judges to determine whether there is a winner in any particular category. When judging is close an honorable mention may be awarded.