Accepts entries starting
Entry Deadline March 14, 2014
Decision Date
Ceremony Date
Entry Fee (See Details)
Monetary or Material Award (See Details)

About the Award

The Fourth Estate Award is presented annually by The American Legion to a publication, broadcast organization and online (Internet-based) media for outstanding achievement in the field of journalism. A $2,000 stipend accompanies each award, to defray expenses of the recipients accepting the award at The American Legion National Convention in August. Individual award pylons are presented to the principal contributors, in addition to a large organizational award.

Tips for Winning:

Subject matter must deal with a topic or issue of national interest or concern; submissions must include documented evidence or a statement from the entrant describing how the work brought about change for the better or had a positive, measurable societal impact. Each entry must include a cover letter explaining the entry.

Notable Winners


All entries will be judged by members of The National Public Relations Commission of The American Legion. All entries become the property of The American Legion. Non-winning entries will be discarded unless specific return instructions have been provided.

Monetary/Material Award Details


Eligibility Requirements

Entries must have been published or broadcast during the calendar year immediately preceding the date the award is given.

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

Originals must be submitted for all print entries. Audio CD for radio entries and DVD, Betacam SP or digital format for television entries are required. Internet media products should include print pages of applicable sites as well as the URLs. Individuals, publications, and broadcast organizations may submit as many entries as they like, but each entry must be accompanied by its own cover letter on company letterhead with the signature of the submitting authority, the submission form and any supporting documentation.

Entry Format

Submit Fourth Estate Award entries to:
The American Legion
Public Relations Division
700 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

An entry form must be included with each entry

Contact Information

The American Legion Public Relations Division
(317) 630-1253
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