Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline February 11, 2015
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

Religion Newswriters Association's magazine awards categories are designed to recognize journalism excellence by measuring a journalist's or magazine's grasp on a diversity of religion issues.


Notable Winners

First place: Bobby Ross, Jr., The Christian Chronicle
Illegal immigration pits law vs. mercy
A rocky road for Mexico missions
Black, white and Gray


Monetary/Material Award Details

  • 1st place: $250 and citation
  • 2nd place: $150 and citation
  • 3rd place: $100 and citation

Eligibility Requirements

Both niche (all religion) and general news magazines are eligible, provided they are not owned, funded or operated by a denomination or faith group. Examples of eligible magazines include Time Magazine, Christianity Today, Newsweek, Slate, Christian Century, America, Commonweal, Tricycle, Tikkun, Islamica, Salon, Vanity Fair, and The Atlantic Monthly. If you are not certain, contact RNA headquarters. In addition:

  • RNA membership is not required for entry.
  • RNA's president and vice presidents are not eligible to enter individual contests.

Entry Fee Details

  • Early-bird entry fee (by 11:59 p.m. EST, Jan. 20): $35 for members / $70 for non-members
  • Regular entry fee: $45 for members / $80 for non-members

Required Material

  • Submit up to three magazine articles about religion written and printed in 2014.
  • This category emphasizes hard news reporting and journalistic technique.
  • Stories from a magazine's print or online editions are allowed.
  • Stories may include the main text, related sidebars and all related content. All materials must be published on the same date and time.
  • Multiple bylines are permitted, but if the entry wins, the award will be shared among all those credited in the byline.
  • RNA reserves the right to limit the presentation of awards for insufficient entry numbers.

Entry Format

1. Prepare your entry in the format your award category requires. Maximum file size is 30 MB.

Print & online entries: Combine stories and their related components into one document (.doc, .docx, .pdf or .txt) or submit static URLs.

Magazine overall excellence: Submit two (2) copies of a single issue of your magazine. If you are submitting a tablet version of the magazine, please print all the pages or export it as a PDF and save it to a DVD. Hard copies will not be returned.

2. Use the online entry form to upload your content (if applicable) and entry fee. If your entry was successfully submitted, you'll receive an e-mail confirmation from DebraMason(at)RNA(dot)org with the subject, "RELIGION | NEWSWRITERS - Thank you for your payment."

3. If mailing your entry: Mail two copies of your submission with a copy of your contest receipt/invoice to:

RNA Contests

30 Neff Annex

Columbia, MO 65211.

4. Deadline: Enter online and postmark any mail entries by 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 3 Feb. 11

Contact Information

Lindsey Skinner

[email protected] 


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