Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline January 25, 2015
Decision Date
Ceremony Date April 1, 2015
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

(The journalism entry deadline was January 25, 2014, and we are no longer accepting entries. The 2014 Pulitzer Prizewinners and Nominated Finalists were announced on April 14, 2014. The Website will open for new entries in December 2014.)

The Pulitzer Prizes, established and endowed by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism founder Joseph Pulitzer (1847–1911), are American awards regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements and musical composition. They are administered by Columbia University in New York City.

Prizes are awarded annually in 21 categories. The first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded on June 4, 1917 and they are now announced each April. Recipients are chosen by an independent board.

Notable Winners

2014 Winners

1. Public Service: The Guardian US & The Washington Post
2. Breaking News Reporting: Staff of The Boston Globe
3. Investigative Reporting: Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC
4. Explanatory Reporting: Eli Saslow of The Washington Post
5. Local Reporting: Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of Tampa Bay Times
6. National Reporting: David Philipps of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO
7. International Reporting: Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall of Reuters
8. Feature Writing: No award
9. Commentary: Stephen Henderson of Detroit
Free Press
10. Criticism: Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer
11. Editorial Writing: Editorial Staff of The Oregonian, Portland
12. Editorial Cartooning: Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer
13. Breaking News Photography: Tyler Hicks of The New York Times
14. Feature Photography
Josh Haner of The New York Times


The judging begins with juries of distinguished journalists appointed in each category gathering in the winter at Columbia to spend three days reading Pulitzer entries. Each jury nominates three entries as finalists and submits them to the Pulitzer Board, which is charged with the responsibility and authority under the will of Joseph Pulitzer to accept, substitute or reject the nominations of the jurors.

• LEE C. BOLLINGER, President, Columbia University

• DANIELLE ALLEN UPS Foundation Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study

• RANDELL BECK, Retired President and Publisher, Argus Leader Media, Sioux Falls, S.D.

• ROBERT BLAU, Executive Editor, Bloomberg News

• KATHERINE BOO, Staff Writer, The New Yorker

• STEVE COLL, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University

• GAIL COLLINS, Columnist, The New York Times

• JOHN DANISZEWSKI, Vice President and Senior Managing Editor, Associated Press

• JOYCE DEHLI, Vice President for News, Lee Enterprises

• JUNOT DÍAZ: Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

• STEPHEN ENGELBERG, Editor-in-Chief, ProPublica

• PAUL A. GIGOT, Editorial Page Editor and Vice President, The Wall Street Journal

• AMINDA MARQUÉS GONZALEZ, Vice President and Executive Editor, The Miami Herald

• STEVEN HAHN: Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania


• EUGENE ROBINSON Columnist and Associate Editor, The Washington Post

• PAUL TASH, Chairman and CEO, Tampa Bay Times

• KEVEN ANN WILLEY, Vice President/Editorial Page Editor, The Dallas Morning News

• SIG GISSLER, Administrator, Graduate School of Journalism

Monetary/Material Award Details


Eligibility Requirements

Entries must be based on material coming from a United States newspaper or news site that
publishes at least weekly during the calendar year and that adheres to the highest journalistic principles.
Magazines and broadcast media, and their respective Web sites, are not eligible. Entries that involve
collaboration between an eligible organization and ineligible media will be considered if the eligible
organization does the preponderance of the work and publishes it first.

Entry Fee Details


Required Material

• Three entries per entity. No more than three entries may be made by the editors of a single
newspaper, wire service, syndicate or other eligible news site in any one category.
• Two categories per material. The same content cannot be entered in more than two categories.
• Five named individuals maximum. Up to five individuals may be named on a team entry; they
should be the strongest contributors to the work, whether they are reporters, photographers,
videographers, graphic artists, producers or journalists who have worked in more than one format on
the submitted entry. If the entry requires more than five specific names, it should be submitted in the
name of the staff.
• Twenty items permitted in four categories: Public Service, Cartoons, Breaking News Photography
and Feature Photography. Public Service entries may include editorials, cartoons, photographs,
graphics, videos, interactive graphics, databases or blogs. Cartoon entries may include still or
animated images.
• Ten items permitted in nine categories: Breaking News Reporting, Investigative Reporting,
Explanatory Reporting, Local Reporting, National Reporting, International Reporting, Commentary,
Criticism and Editorial Writing.
• Five items permitted in one category: Feature Writing.

Entry Format

To submit entries, please visit It will take you to the entry site where you will be guided through the process.
Entries may be made by news organizations submitting the work of their staffs, by individual journalists of their own work, or by readers or other interested individuals.
In any category, online material must be published on an eligible Web site during the calendar year.
• Each entrant must complete an online entry form and pay a nonrefundable handling fee of $50 via credit card. An entry must also:
◘ Indicate the category in which it is submitted.
◘ Include a biography and picture of any individual journalist named in the entry.
◘ Include a one or two-page cover letter that describes 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.
• Include on the entry form a one-sentence description of the submitted work.
• Conform to the stated limits on number of submitted items before it can be given jury consideration.

Duplicate entry material must be provided if the same content is entered in two different categories. In dealing with a significant challenge to the honesty, accuracy or fairness of an entry, the entrant should note and explain in its cover letter any relevant material, such as published letters, corrections and retractions, as well as responses by the news organization. In the photography categories, no entry whose content is manipulated or altered, apart from standard cropping and editing, will be deemed acceptable.

Entrants are urged not to crowd the official deadline of January 25

Contact Information

709 Pulitzer Hall
2950 Broadway
New York, NY USA 10027
Voice: (212) 854-3841
Fax: (212) 854-3342
Email: [email protected]

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