The 28th annual Society for Features Journalism Excellence-in-Features Awards honor the craft of feature storytelling and the people who do it for a living at news organizations and wire services. All entries must have been published in print or online between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2015.
To enter the contest, visit the Better Newspaper Contest website at www.betternewspapercontest.com, and click on “Contestant Login” in the upper right hand portion of the screen. In the window that opens, enter your information and select “2016 Society for Features Journalism Excellence-in-Features Awards” from the list of contests. The site includes instructions on how to submit entries.
First-place winners in each category will receive $300. Winners will be announced in June and honored at SFJ’s national conference in Austin, Texas.
The cost of each entry is $45 for all writing, online and video entries; $60 in the Best Niche Product and Best Features Section categories; and $25 for student entries.
Videos now can be as long as 8 minutes in length. And entries for Best Section and Best Niche Product must include PDFs of the covers as well as hard copies. Best Section and Best Niche products are the only categories that also must include actual-copy entries; the category rules on the BNC site explain where to mail them. All other categories, including all of the writing ones, are judged electronically; entries can be uploaded as PDFs, JPEGs, Word documents or other files; the rules will explain what types of files are accepted.
NOTE: Past entrants should be in the system, but some publications were inexplicably deleted from the system. If you are unable to log in using a previous password, try creating a new one.