written categories

Entries for written categories need to be submitted digitally, as PDFs, URLs or Screen Grabs. How to enter is included within this document.


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.

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: Entry fees for freelancers are £50 in total (£20 for SJA Members) to enter 2 categories.
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

The John Bromley 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 competition categories. All other awards are subject to entered submissions which are then put before our panels of judges.

THE SPORTS NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

This award is for the newspaper that best covered sport in 2021. 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 a 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

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 2021. Entries must include six URLs that demonstrate journalistic excellence and entrants can upload supporting documents. Entries will be judged on content, design, ease of use, use of technology and innovation. Entries must include six URLs that demonstrate journalistic excellence.

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 the Specialist Correspondent category.

LIVE REPORTING

The best portfolio of covering live sports. This category is for reporters attending events across all sports. Each entry must include three separate articles filed promptly from the events, entries can include reports from a single sport or a mixture. This category is open to journalists whose work is published in newspapers and online.

REGIONAL SPORTS 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.

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

SPECIALIST CORRESPONDENT

Open to journalists specialising in a specific sport, in sports betting or sports business but excluding specialists in football, cricket, rugby; union or league. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

SPORTS 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.

SPORTS 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.

SPORTS NEWS REPORTER

The best portfolio of breaking sports news stories by an individual and/or team. 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.

SPORTS SCOOP

The single sports news story judged to have made the greatest impact on the judges. The same story may be included within the portfolio entered in the Sports News Reporter category. This category is open to journalists whose work is published online or in magazines, as well as newspaper correspondents.

YOUNG SPORTS JOURNALIST

The Ian Wooldridge Trophy is open to writers aged 25 or under on 31 December 2021. Previous 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.

COMPETITION 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 a newspaper, magazine, website may enter in any one 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 2021.
• The decision of the judges will be final.

• Joint by-lines are only accepted in the Sports Scoop category.
• 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 programmes, or to give permission for the reproduction without any payment or fee.
• Entries will not be returned.