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The Pulitzer Prizes

Honoring Excellence in Journalism and the Arts since 1917
Journalism Entry for 2014
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How to Submit Your Entry

How to submit your entry

Please read these important guidelines before you register to log in:

Log in -- After registering on the login page, you will be prompted to log in with a username and password. You will be able to log in multiple times as you complete your entry.

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Entry form -- You will be prompted to complete a form providing information about your news organization and the entry, including a brief sentence describing the entry.

Cover letter -- Each entry should include a PDF cover letter, not to exceed two pages. It should describe the submitted work, how it was accomplished and, where appropriate, its impact and how it differs from similar efforts on the subject. The letter should also demonstrate the eligibility of the entry; disclose any partnership with another news organization; address any significant challenge to the honesty, fairness or accuracy of an entry; and summarize any supplemental material that is included.

Uploading items -- The entry form offers multiple slots for uploading the components of your entry as PDFs and images, and for submitting URLs for video and other multimedia content. You will be asked to select a journalism category for your entry from a dropdown menu. The entry site will then allow you to place the items of your entry into a series of slots, with the number of available slots determined by the category you selected (20 for Public Service, 10 for Breaking News, etc.). Within each slot, you must choose whether to upload a PDF (one story per slot) or an image, or to submit a URL. After adding material to a slot, click on "add another item." A new slot will open, and so on, until the limit of items for the category has been reached. An additional slot will be available for any supplemental material.

Publication date -- The date should accompany each submitted item, including video. You may add the date in the “label” slot on the upload page.

Stories -- They should be formatted and uploaded as PDFs, not URLs. Each story should be uploaded as a separate PDF. To assure readability, the PDF should measure no larger than 8 1/2 x 14 inches, the type size should be 12 pt., and the text should be one or two columns wide, single spaced. To show the original display of the material, you may use the first page of the PDF to frame or highlight an entered article on its published page or use a visual thumbnail to depict the story's original placement. See examples on Pulitzer website. Visual elements – photos and graphics – may also be included to illustrate the text or to provide context. If the visual elements are to be judged as explicit parts of an entry with named contributors, the name of the photographer or graphic artist should appear on the entry form.

Large-scale graphics – A graphic occupying up to a newspaper page or more should be uploaded as a PDF in a size sufficient to reflect the scope and integrity of the work.  It will count as one item.

Video – Video should be submitted via its URL (see technical requirements) but please remove pre-roll ads. In general, there is no limit on length. Each video will count as one item, except in cases where several short videos on the same theme are combined into one presentation of 10 minutes or less.

Audio slideshows and photo galleries – They should be submitted via their URLs. In either format, the maximum number of images is 20. Each slideshow or gallery will count as one item.

Interactive content – Interactive graphics and databases should be entered as URLs.

Large multimedia packages – A large, cohesive, multifaceted package on a single subject, containing multiple elements such as text, video and graphics, should be entered via its URL and be the only item in the entry (see the FAQ).

Pay wall – To facilitate juror access, entrants should place URLs outside any pay wall. If that proves infeasible, the entry should contain a simple username and password for jurors, plainly indicated in the label for that URL. URLs must remain active until the Prizes are announced in April.

Supplemental – Because of the heavy burden on jurors, supplemental material should be kept to a minimum. Supplemental material may be added if, to an important degree, it shows the results achieved by the submitted work, the scope of the journalistic effort or the engagement of the audience.  The cover letter should summarize any supplemental material.  Jurors examine supplemental material at their discretion.

Cartooning category – Cartoons should be uploaded as JPEGs. If they are animated, enter via URLs.

Photography categories – Images should be uploaded as JPEGs (see technical requirements).

Proof of publication – Required for Cartooning and Photography categories, proof should be submitted as “supplemental” material.  Each cartoon or photo published in print should be supported by a PDF of clipping or tearsheet, with date and caption.  If an online cartoon or photo is submitted, it should be accompanied by a PDF of a screen-shot from the eligible website with date and caption.  The PDFs should be combined and submitted as a single file (see technical requirements).

Fee – There is a nonrefundable handling fee of $50 for each entry.  Payment is by credit card.

Questions – Contact the Pulitzer Prize office at 212-854-3841 or pulitzer@pulitzer.org