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written categories

Entries for written categories need to be submitted digitally, as PDFs, URLs or Screen Grabs. 


Unless specified otherwise, candidates’ entries may be drawn from any published format, from digital or from print.

ENTRY FEES

Non-Members: £50 per entry per category.

SJA Members: £20 per category.

 

DIVERSITY

The SJA recognises the historical under-representation on the British Sports Journalism Awards shortlists of women journalists; Black journalists; journalists from diverse ethnic communities; and journalists with disabilities. In an effort to address this, entry fees will be waived for journalists from these under-represented groups who do not have an employer willing to underwrite their application.

 

Entry fees will be waived if you meet one of the following criteria: 


I confirm that I am from a non-white ethnic minority and do not have an employer willing to underwrite my application.
 

I confirm that I am female and do not have an employer willing to underwrite my 
application.

 

I confirm that I have a disability under the terms of the Equality Act 2010 and do not have an employer willing to underwrite my application. 

 

MEMBERSHIP

Not an SJA member? – Join the SJA for the annual membership fee of £30.

Members receive discounted entry fees to the awards as well as many other benefits, for more information visit: https://www.sportsjournalists.co.uk/membership/

 

 

FREELANCE
Freelance: Entry fees for freelancers are £50 in total (£20 for SJA Members) no matter how many categories they enter. The number of categories any one entrant can enter still apply. 

If you enter as a freelancer and win, you will only be credited as a freelancer. If you require a newspaper or agency to be credited, entry fees of £50 per entry per category (£20 if SJA member) will apply, and the name of the newspaper or agency must be stated on the entry form at time of entry. An employer cannot be credited retrospectively.

THE JOHN BROMLEY SPORTSWRITER OF THE YEAR

Sportswriter of the Year is chosen by a vote of national and regional sports editors. 


This category does not require a submission, however to be eligible for this award journalists must be shortlisted in one of the other writing categories. All other writing awards require entered submissions which are then put before our panels of judges.

THE NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

This award is for the newspaper that best covered sport in 2023. An independent judging panel will be looking for entries which show style, good writing, exclusives and consistency throughout the year. Entries must consist of three full editions accompanied by an up to 500-word citation.  


Note: In this category hard copy entries are accepted as well as digital entries. 
 

If you wish to submit hard copy entries please send 7 copies of each edition and citation to: SJA Awards c/o S2F Events, Unit 94, Capital Business Centre, 22 Carlton Road, South Croydon, CR2 0BS

SPORTS CONTENT ORGANISATION

This award is for the organisation that best covered sport in 2023. Judges will be looking for how organisations serve their audience, using original journalism, style and innovation.


This category is open to organisations across all platforms, this can be a single publication/outlet or a portfolio. The sports coverage your organisation presents in whichever format will be judged on an individual basis. It is about how you serve your audience and showcase sport in different ways.


Entries should focus on how you believe your organisation has shaped the sporting agenda, this can be in the form of breaking news, big-hitting interviews, exclusive content or captivating storytelling.


Entries should consist of an up to 500-word citation focusing on how your organisation demonstrates journalistic excellence with links to content that illustrates this.

 

A panel of judges will select a shortlist, organisations will then be invited to a Q & A either in person or online.

COLUMNIST

Strong opinions and commentary on sport. Three separate published articles per entry. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

CRICKET JOURNALIST

Open to journalists specialising in cricket. Entries must consist of three published reports and/or features. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents. 


Note: Entrants in this category cannot also enter the Specialist Correspondent category.

DIGITAL SPORTS PUBLISHER

This award recognises all aspects of an organisation’s digital performance including website, app (if applicable) and use of social media. Each entry must include a summary (in no more than 500 words) of the organisation’s coverage and 
digital developments in 2023. Entries must include six URLs that demonstrate journalistic excellence and entrants can upload supporting documents. Entries will be judged on original journalism, design, ease of use, use of technology and innovation. 

FEATURE WRITER

This award is for high standards of writing, strength of thought and freshness of ideas. 


Each entry must include three separate published articles and should include at least one, but no more than two, interviews. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

FOOTBALL JOURNALIST

Open to journalists specialising in football. Entries must consist of three published reports and/or features. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents. 


Note: Entrants in this category cannot also enter Football News Reporter.

FOOTBALL NEWS REPORTER

Open to journalists specialising in football. Entries must consist of three published articles which demonstrate the author’s ability to break football news stories and report/comment at speed on breaking football news issues. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.


Note: Entrants in this category cannot also enter Football Journalist.

NEWS REPORTER

The best portfolio of breaking sports news stories by an individual. This category is for sports news stories which have made the greatest impact. Each entry must include three separate articles. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

REGIONAL JOURNALIST

High-quality reporting, feature writing or investigative journalism, from regional or local media. Three published articles per entry. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

RUGBY JOURNALIST

Open to journalists specialising in rugby, union or league. Entries must consist of three published reports and/or features. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

SCOOP

The single sports news story judged to have made the greatest impact. This category is FREE to enter. Entrants should enter the scoop along with any relevant details they wish to share about how they got it. Scoops can come from written or broadcast media.  

 

This category will be judged by a specialist panel who will deliberate on all entered entries as well as being able to include non-entered scoops if necessary.

SOCIAL MEDIA JOURNALIST

This award recognises sports journalism published on social media platforms that demonstrates excellent journalism, audience engagement and innovative storytelling.

This award is to recognise sports journalism published specifically for social media platforms (X, YouTube, TikTok, Instagram etc) rather than repackaged content.

Entries should include an up to 500-word citation with up to 6 examples of work. For longer videos entries can include a showreel of clips lasting no longer than 10 minutes. 
 

SPECIALIST CORRESPONDENT

Open  to  journalists  specialising  in  a  specific  sport  or  subject  such  as  sports betting or sports business but excluding specialists in cricket, football and rugby. Entries must consist of three published reports and/or features. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

WOMEN’S SPORT JOURNALIST

Open to journalists specialising in women’s sport. Entries in this category can be from written media, broadcast media, or a combination of both. Entries can consist of up to three published reports and/or features and a show showreel of clips lasting no more than 10 minutes in total.

ONES TO WATCH – WRITING

The Ian Wooldridge Trophy is open to writers aged 30 or under on 31 December 2023, or to those with less than two years industry experience. Previous gold winners are not eligible to enter. Entries must show versatility and a high standard of writing. Entries must consist of three published reports. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents. 


Note: The cost of entering this category is at the reduced rate of £20 regardless of SJA membership.


Note: The winners of the Ones to Watch categories will be announced prior to the awards ceremony via the SJA website. The winners will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the event on Monday 25 March 2024.

COMPETITION RULES

  • All entries must be submitted and paid for via the online entry system: 
    www.BritishSportsJournalismAwards.co.uk

  • Entry into the competition implies acceptance of the rules.

  • Failure to comply with any of the rules may result in disqualification.

  • The organisers retain the right, within the context of the competition and related promotions, to reproduce articles, photographs or broadcast material, or to give permission for the reproduction without any payment or fee. 

  • The decision of the judges will be final. 

Written rules

  • Written entries must be submitted digitally unless specified. Entries can be submitted as PDFs, URLs or Screen Grabs. 
    It is not mandatory, but entrants can submit citations to accompany entries.

  • There is a limit of six journalists that an organisation may enter in any category.  

  • No journalist may be entered in more than three sports writing categories. The one exception is Sports Scoop which does not count towards a journalists three category limit.

  • Journalists may submit only one entry in each category

  • All articles must be the entrant’s original work and must have been first published by UK-based publications, websites or broadcasters between 1 January and 31 December 2023.

  • Entries will not be returned.

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