Free Journalism & Student Journalism Awards – The Complete List

We believe that no one should have to pay for entry to journalism awards or competitions. That’s why we only round-up ones that are free to enter, covering all stages of your career from student journalism competitions to some of the highest awards for established journalists in the UK and beyond.

We aim to update this list at least once a week, but we’re a tiny team, so if something isn’t right, do get in touch.

We’ll show awards which are open in green, and ones we know are definitely opening on time in orange. Awards left in black are based on last year’s dates. We love tip-offs too, so do let us know of any good opportunities!

Don’t forget, you can also find up-to-date guides on journalism graduate schemes, funding, apprenticeships, and freelance rates if you need them.

Last updated: April 3

April

The AOP Award for Inspiring Local Journalism, Digital Publishing AwardsApply ASAP 
This category, sponsored by Google News, is free to enter and supports inspiring local journalism. The recipient will have to prove to the board that their work illustrates that investigative and campaigning journalism is alive and well in the UK’s communities.
 

Printing Charity Rising Stars Award 2024Closes April 5
Awards up to £1500 for emerging talent to invest in personal skills development and training.

Dive Photo Guide United Nations World Oceans Day 2022 Photography Competition — Closes April 7
Six competitions are open for submission, accepting entries focusing on the challenges and the importance of the ocean and humankind’s relation to it.

The Orwell Society/NUJ Young Journalist’s Award 2024 – Closes April 7
The Orwell Society/NUJ Young Journalist’s Award 2023 offers a prize of £1,500 each for each winner of the two categories stipulated below. In addition, the student winners will each receive an NUJ membership. The runners-up in each category will receive a prize of £500, and winners and runners-up will also receive a three-year free membership of The Orwell Society.

Edinburgh TV Festival Ones to Watch 2023 — Closes April 11
An innovative award scheme gives television’s future best and brightest access to inspiring sessions, creative debate, unrivaled networking opportunities, and mentorship.

Young Sports Journalist CompetitionCloses April 12
The Young Sports Journalist Competition, 2024, seeks well-argued articles from aspiring journalists aged 14-21. Winning entries will be published online and printed in the Summer Issue of Pitch. There is also a £50 cash prize on offer, as well as valuable work experience.

Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award – Closes April 15
Prizes of 2000€, 500€ and 250€ for journalists based in Europe and the Mediterranean.  This prize is set out to encourage journalistic coverage of religion, covering peace and conflict, interfaith conflicts, arts and society, and the intersection of politics with religion.

Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia – Closes April 15
Media outlets covering the Asia Pacific can compete for the $10,000 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism, honouring outstanding reporting published in English during 2023.

Northern Writers’ Awards, Round 2 – Closes April 17
Win a book deal and professional development, with advances and bursaries of £2-5,000 on offer.

RPS Young Classical Writers Prize Closes April 18
Up to £500 on offer for outstanding writing on classical music. This is open to anyone aged 16-25.

Kent Press & Broadcast Awards — Closes April 19
15 categories for journalism produced by individuals and websites in Kent.

FarmED Chelsea Green Writers Prize 2024 – Closes April 19
Entrants for this prize should write up to 1500 words about any subject across the spectrum of ecological food, farming and the environment.the winner will be announced. Prizes include a ‘library’ of Chelsea Green titles worth £500, plus an exclusive one-to-one session with Muna Reyal, Head of Editorial at Chelsea Green. The winning submission will be published on the FarmED and Chelsea Green websites and shared across social media.

Restless Development The Safe Photography Project – Closes April 19
This photography project will take twelve young creatives under their wing to explore themes surrounding youth safety. A stipend up to $1250 USD is on offer for training, and global exposure.

The Global Young Journalist AwardsCloses April 26 
The Global Young Journalist Awards is an accessible competition that allows young people to tell their story about an issue that matters to them, in a medium of their choice.

National Trust Space + Time Award – Closes April 30
The Time + Space Award offers winners up to £5,000 in a bespoke package, including guided tours, mentoring, tools, resources, and support to explore and develop their big idea in science, art, society, or nature, with all expenses covered by the National Trust.

Sharon Begley Science Reporting Award — Closes April 30
The award will recognize and support reporting and writing from experienced science journalists, awarding up to $20,000 USD. Interested applicants must submit three to five published clips or other work samples illustrating their best work.

Bayeux Calvados-Normandy award for war correspondents — Opens for entries April 4
€7,000 prizes for radio, photography, and television reporting about a conflict situation or the defence of freedom.

Global Peace Photo Award  — Opens for entries April 5
Formerly known as The Alfred Fried Photography Award, photographers can win €10,000 for work showcasing human efforts for a peaceful world.

Sutton Trust Alumni Awards 2024Expected To Open In 2024
Awards are available for candidates for outstanding achievements, social mobility activist, community champions and volunteer of the year. 

Evening Standard Stories CompetitionExpected To Open In April 2024
A story writing competition where winners will receive bespoke masterclasses, mentorship, and a chance to perform their story at the Evening Standard Stories Festival. 

Young Audio Awards Expected To Open In April 2024
A free-to-enter award for young people entering the radio industry. Supported by both commercial and BBC radio, you will have the chance to take on some great opportunities, such as hosting your own radio show on a national level, specialist workshops, radio studio tours, and opportunities to fund new broadcasting equipment. 

Freelance Journalism Awards — Closed April 26
Run by Freelancing for Journalists, there are seven categories to enter, each with a £100 prize. 

The Hugh Cudlipp Student Award — Closed April 26
The £1,500 prize, sponsored by The Daily Mirror, is given to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to journalism for an article, or series of articles, or video, exploring an issue of public interest or concern which, in the Cudlipp tradition, exemplifies lucid and graphic communication to a popular audience.

The BASW Social Work Journalism Awards – Closed April 28
The awards are for any UK journalist working in print or broadcast in the national, regional and specialist media, highlighting the obstacles UK social workers face. The award is split across three categories, each containing two awards – one for news reporting and another for in-depth features.

Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize – Closed April 28
Awards of $10,800 for excellent reporting on sustainable development, democracy and human rights worldwide.

May

Mo Siewcharran Writing Prize 2024 – Closes May 1
The Mo Siewcharran Prize 2024 seeks unpublished fiction writers from underrepresented backgrounds for its fantasy genre competition. Up to £2,500 on offer mentoring, literary agency meetings. Prizes also for runners up, and there’s a chance of publication with Hodder & Stoughton.

Banff Centre Mountain Book CompetitionCloses May 6
A total of US$20,000 in cash prizes on offer for candidates submitting mountain literature. There are eight categories: adventure travel; mountain fiction and poetry; guidebooks; mountain imagery; mountain articles; mountain literature; environmental literature, and climbing literature.

National Diversity Awards — Closes May 15
Celebrates the excellent achievements of grassroots communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, recognising them for their dedication and hard work.

Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award Closes May 17
The Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award recognises professional women photographers who document important social, environmental, economic or cultural issues. One overall winner will receive £2,000 towards an ongoing project and one runner-up will receive £500.

Asian Media AwardsCloses May 22
Dedicated to recognising Asian journalists across the media, who highlight race relations and human rights issues.

Kurt Schork Awards in International JournalismCloses May 31
The three Award categories recognise the journalists most admired by Kurt: freelancers, local reporters and news fixers.

PLURAL+ UN Video Competition  — Closes May 31
Submit a video on migration, diversity or social inclusion for the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival and you could be flown out to collect the award.

Rory Peck AwardOpens for entries May 9
Four categories to enter here, to celebrate outstanding work produced by freelance journalists and filmmakers worldwide.

Professional Excellence Prizes for Foreign JournalistsExpected To Open In May
From the Club of Foreign Press Correspondents – for USA-based journalists working in various media formats. Winners will receive an award of excellence and $2,000-$5,000.

The Allard Prize Photography Competition — Closed May 1
Win CAND1,000 for photography which focuses on anti-corruption and human rights.

The Royal Statistical Society, Statistical Excellence in Journalism AwardsClosed May 5 
To reward excellence in using statistics to question, analyse and investigate the issues that affect society.

Conde Nast Traveller Future of Travel – Closed May 12
A chance for UK-based storytellers a platform to champion their local communities by driving important conversations around sustainability, inclusive and transformational travel. Invitations open to all, but applications are particularly welcomed from people of colour, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and people from low social economic backgrounds.

IPSE Freelancer Awards 2023Closed May 15
Multiple nationally-recognised awards cover various categories, including the Outstanding Freelancer Award, the Young Freelancer Award, and the Freelancing Project Award. Designed to recognise and celebrate innovation and excellence within the UK freelance community.

Young Science Writer of the Year Award – Closed May 26
An opportunity for talented writers aged 14-16 years to submit an 800-word essay on any science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics subject. 

Biophilia Award for Environmental CommunicationClosed May 31
A prize of €100,000 for professionals that have contributed exceptionally to improving public understanding and awareness of ecological issues.

June

DIG Awards, Video Category Closes June 2
An award rewarding excellence in investigative reporting, giving filmmakers the chance to shine. Winners of the competition will be given a chance to win €15,000 to finish their project.

DIG Awards, Audio Category — Closes June 2
An award rewarding excellence in investigative reporting, giving audio storytellers a chance to showcase their talent. Winners of the competition will be given a chance to win €15,000 to finish their project.

Goi Peace Foundation’s International Essay Contest for Young People Closes June 15
Write an essay to your present self from 2030 and you could win US$900 and attend the award ceremony in Tokyo.

DIG Awards, Pitch Category – Closes June 16
This award rewards excellence in investigative reporting and gives filmmakers and audio storytellers the chance to shine. Winners of the competition will have a chance to win €15,000 to finish their projects.

International News Media Association 30 Under 30sCloses June 28
INMA aims to find 30 rising stars in news media with early career achievements! Winners will receive global recognition in a virtual announcement, a certificate of recognition, a social media badge, free access to two INMA virtual masterclasses and a 12-month membership in INMA.

Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for Young Science Journalist Closes June 30
US$1,000 and expenses paid trip to ScienceWriters2021. Must be under 30, producing print/online science journalism.

WeAreTechWomen100 AwardsExpected to Reopen June 3
Although this award focuses on celebrating women in tech, it also applies to technical journalism/production roles.

The Radio Academy 30 Under 30Expected to Reopen in June 
An annual competition for the 30 best young talents in radio and audio.

W&A Working-Class Writers’ PrizeExpected to Reopen Summer 2024
Open to working-class writers writing in all genres. Winners will receive a £200 cash prize, a mentoring session with judge and author Paul Mendez, access to a number of W&A writing and publishing events, and writing guide bundles.

Sundance Institute Documentary FundExpected to Reopen Summer 2024
A funding pool which supports work that has expressed the world in “creative, complex, beautiful, and provocative ways.” Applications from underrepresented communities are encouraged.

#Merky Books New Writers’ PrizeExpected to Reopen Summer 2024
Are you an unpublished writer aged 16-30? Send your manuscript and you could bag a publishing deal with #Merky Books.

Hostwriter Prize 2023Expected to Reopen Summer 2024
A grant of up to €6000 is available for projects supporting collaborative journalism. Two categories on offer, including The Story Prize. (3 x €1000) and The Pitch Prize (2 x €1500).

Women in Film and Television AwardsClosed June 9
This award celebrates the achievements of women in the industry across 14 categories including Director, Writer, Producer, Business and Contribution to the Medium.​ Free to enter and people can vote across multiple categories. 

Prix Albert Londres Prize – Closed June 19
Three separate prizes for French-speaking journalists aged 40 or under. Includes prizes for print, book entries and broadcast.

East London Scholarship SchemeClosed June 29
The East London Scholarship scheme is open to UK-based students interested in studying full or part-time taught graduate degree programmes. Eligibility is based on financial need as well as specific evidence of having lived or studied in east London. 

UK Social Enterprise Awards 2023 — Closed June 30
Fifteen awards to celebrate the contributions made by social enterprises addressing issues around diversity, inclusion, equity and justice.

July

#Youth4Regions – Closed July 10
Travel and expenses covered for several EU press trips across 2021 for young students or journalists.

Innovate UK Discovery Innovators Awards – Closed July 10
Pioneering entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds will be awarded with a cash injection of £15k or £50k each. This will also include a bespoke business support package, coaching and mentoring from Innovate UK EDGE.

The Journalist’s Charity Wales Media Awards 2023 – Closed July 14
The awards recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to journalism in Wales in both English and Welsh.

Nature Writing Prize for Working Class Authors – Closed July 14
A free-to-enter prize for UK working-class writers to receive: a one year’s free membership to Campaign for National Parks; a £300 paid commission to write a National Parks inspired piece for Viewpoint Magazine;  an Arvon course; one-hour mentoring sessions with a Gaia commissioner and a book bundle from Octopus Publishing Group. 

European Journalism Centre Climate Journalism Award -Closed July 17
Prizes of up to €2,000 EUR across five different categories of environmental journalism: data; storytelling and solutions; investigative reporting; visualisations and emerging talent. 

National Geographic Travel Writing CompetitionClosed July 24
Write 500 words on a standout travel experience for the chance to get published in NatGeo and win a trip across Greenland.

SRA Student Radio Awards — Closed July 28
Student Radio Awards for those involved with an SRA-affiliated station.

Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism – Closes July 31
A EUR20,000 (US$21,044) prize which rewards outstanding journalism that promotes or defends the core principles and values of the European Union. These include topics protecting human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law, and human rights.

August

Watch Docs Human Rights in Film International FestivalCloses August 1
A free to enter, open invite for worldwide documentarians to submit films centred on human rights issues. Submissions in English or Polish with English subtitles.

Reporters d’Espoirs Closes August 28
Prizes up to 2,500 EUR for solutions-based journalism projects which shine a light on the francophone world.

AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards Closed August 1
An award recognising excellence in science, engineering and mathematics. Open to journalists across the globe who foster a better public understanding of science through content. Awards up to $5,000 USD.

Society of Editors Media Freedom Awards — Closed August 2 
Categories that will recognise achievements across broadcast, national, regional and online media platforms.

International Women’s Film Festival – Closed August 7
A space for women to submit documentaries, fiction and animation addressing women’s rights and gender problems.

Ian Parry Scholarship – Closed August 8
Two awards of US$3,500 to help young photographers and photography students undertake a documentary project.

Free Press Awards – Closed August 15
Global awards for journalists who go to great lengths to ensure stories are told.

Nan Shepherd Prize – Closed August 25
A prize to recognise unpublished nature writers. The winner will receive a book deal with £10,000 advance and mentoring.

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards – Closed August 27
Got a hilarious animal photo hiding in your folders? This free, globally renowned competition celebrates the hilarity of the natural world, while outlining the moves we need to take to protect it. The overall winner will receive a one-week safari in Kenya for two people with Alex Walker’s Serian, and other prizes.

Action Against Hunger Scholarship –Closed August 31
This is a scholarship for photographers, content creators, and videographers! The winner will receive a prize of 10,000 EUR while receiving mentorship and guidance to develop “multimedia language in the humanitarian field.”

September

Postgrad.com Solutions Study BursariesCloses September 30
Up to £2000 in bursaries on offer to anyone about to commence study on any postgraduate course anywhere in the world. There are 15 bursaries available in total.

Forbes 30 Under 30 — Closed September 1
An award celebrating young people changing the world.  Includes a vast array of application categories, including arts, science and social impact to name a few.

Travel Connection Awards 12 Awards of Christmas – Closed September 22
Open to everyone, these awards home in on the hard work accomplished by people working in the travel industry. Twelve categories on offer, including best mentor, unsung hero, and many more! 

The British Journalism Awards 2023  – Closed September 28
An award celebrating the best public interest journalism produced for a UK audience. The British Journalism Awards is waiving the entry fee under certain circumstances in order to encourage greater diversity.

Gatliff Hebridean Hostels Trust Award 2023 – Closed September 30
Bring your sense of adventure for this opportunity. This is a chance to write for The Gatliff Trust and Scottish Islands Explorer magazine, bundled with a £1000 prize. Entrants must be under 30 years old, and must write a 1250-word winning article on a topic associated with, but not on, Herbert Gatliff. 

Write to End Violence Against Women BursaryClosed September 30
A £450 bursary awarded to a new writer on violence against women.

United Nations Correspondents Association AwardClosed September 30
Three categories to award the best of print, broadcast and climate change stories. Prizes amount to $60,000.

 

October

ConnectHER Film Festival –  Closes October 1
$5,000 prizes for students under 25 who submit a film on global women’s issues.

Fetisov Journalism Awards – Closed October 1
Organised by a Russian philanthropist called Gleb Fetisov, journalists can win up to $10,400 USD for their coverage on peace, civil rights, investigative reporting and environmental journalism.

Young Travel Photographer of the Year 2023 – Closed October 1
For photographers under 18. Submissions of your best travel images – and winners can receive up to £500.

Foreign Press Correspondents USA Scholarship Program – Closed October 1
This annual scholarship supports foreign journalists studying in the USA to enhance their skillsets through graduate-level programs. Applicants must meet their visa requirements prior to submitting their application.

BCTJ Awards – Closed October 5
Open to students on a BCTJ-accredited course.

The Georgina Henry Award for Digital Innovation – Closed October 15
A £4,000 prize for innovative and impactful journalism, in honour of the late Guardian Deputy Editor, Georgina Henry. Read our guide to entries here.

Global Resilience Partnership Social Media Competition – Closed October 16
Students and professionals can enter a climate change social media contest and compete for S$1,000 USD. Entries can include a series of photos or 30 to 60-second short films, interviews, documentaries, poems or songs.

The Book Edit Writer’s PrizeClosed October 23
A writing competition for unpublished UK authors and novelists from underrepresented backgrounds. The winning writers will be invited to the showcase and will be given training on reading their work aloud with an online rehearsal. All entrants will receive advice on accessing mentorship. 

Iceland Writer’s Retreat Scholarship – Closed October 31
Partial and full funding are available on offer here for writers in financial need. Applicants must demonstrate a passion for refining their craft.

International Labour Organisation Global Media Competition 2023 – Closed October 31
$1,200 prize for professional journalists and $500 for students on labour migration.

November

Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024 – Closed November 1
A free to enter competition for citizens of the Commonwealth for unpublished fiction. Overall winner will receive £5,000, and regional winners will each receive £2,500. All winning stories will be published on Granta

Knowmad Short Film Festival – Closed November 2
Professional and amateur filmmakers worldwide capturing the advances of human dignity and human rights can submit their short films for consideration. Accepted formats include documentary, fiction, animation and vertical.

NCTJ Awards for Excellence – Closed November 3
Open to trainees and students on an NCTJ course and community reporters.

International Sport Press Association 2023 Sport Media Awards – Closed November 4
An international competition seeking out the best sports writing, photography, audio and video journalists. A variety of age groups and categories. First, second and third-place winners in the eight senior categories will receive USD $8,000, USD $3,000 and USD $2,000, respectively.

True Story Award – Closed November 5
An international contest, where 36 entrants will be invited to attend an award ceremony in May 2024 in Bern, Switzerland. The three best texts will be awarded $27,609 USD, $16,565 USD and $11,043 USD respectively.

Philip Meyer Journalism Award – Closed November 10
A contest that recognises the best social research journalism, the first place prize is $500, second is $300 and third is $200. Only free for students.

Pulitzer Centre Letter Writing Contest 2023 – Closed November 12
Calling all K-12 writers and creatives across the globe! Make your voice heard this autumn by writing a letter to a local elected representative that explains the global issue you want them to prioritise, with your own solutions. First place winners will receive $100 USD and your letter will be published on the Pulitzer Center website.

November

Happiful Poetry Prize 2024 –  Closed November 20
A free-to-enter award for poetry exploring mental health and wellbeing topics in original and empowering ways. The winner will receive £100 and there are four prizes for runners-up. All five poems will be published in their anniversary issue in March, 2024.

BBC Radio 4’s Journey of a LifetimeClosed until 2024
A £5,000 grant for an aspiring journalist to make the journey of a lifetime and make a radio documentary on it.

December

Classical Association x Bloomsbury Competition –  Closes December 1
The search is on for new, classically inspired female and non-binary writers!  The winner will receive a contributor contract with Bloomsbury Publishing, a book prize from Bloomsbury, and a certificate.

Young Writer in Residence at Whitechapel GalleryCloses December 4
Residency for young, budding artists aged 18-24, who are living or working in London. The winner will receive bespoke career development opportunities, as well as complimentary tickets to public exhibitions. They will also have the chance to spearhead a programme at the gallery, and they will receive a residency fee of £500.

Imperial War Museums 14 – 18 NOW Legacy Fund – Closed December 6
A chance for young artists aged 14 – 18 to respond to specified themes using any medium for a public presentation in summer/autumn 2024. £13,000 commission includes £3,000 artist fee, £10,000 for artwork production, and £3,000 for community engagement.

American Association for Cancer Research June L Biedler for Cancer Journalism — Closed December 7
A free-to-enter awards stream for journalists spearheading investigations into cancer. Potential to win a $5,000 USD cash prize.

European Press Prize — Closed December 15
Four awards and a ‘special award’ are available, which gifts the winners €10,000 for a project that may enrich journalism.

NewsAwards 2025 —Closed December 15
Celebrating the best in news media print, technology and business innovation.

FluxusMuseum Prize for Experimental Video 2024 – Closed December 15
A call for proposals demonstrating experimental works! Submitted films should be a maximum of 25 minutes, with no minimum length. 20-40 works will be selected. The winning video makers will be awarded three prizes up to £10,000.

International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Photo Contest – Closed December 17
Submit 12 examples of your photojournalism to show the range of your work. Prize money of $20,000.

January

The Hatchette Children’s Novel Awards – Closed January 4
A £3000 cash prize on offer for unpublished manuscripts covering children’s novels. This also includes a 9-month programme of mentoring opportunities with Hachette Children’s Group. 

Sony World Photography Awards. Open Competition — Closed January 5
An opportunity to win a cash prize of up to $5,000 USD, photography equipment and an opportunity to showcase your work at the World Photo London exhibition.

World Press Photo Digital Storytelling Contest — Closed January 11
The winners of Photo of the Year and Photo Story of the Year will receive €5,000. 

Sony World Photography Awards (Professional Category) — Closed January 12
The winner in the professional category will receive a cash prize of $25,000 USD, and the open category winner will receive $5,000 USD.

SPA Regional Awards – Closed January 14
These awards recognise the best student work in the UK regions. They will take into account their overall relevance to their student community, the quality of content they produce, and the impact of their work. This is an annual opportunity and awards are held for each of the SPA’s eight regions: London, the North, the Midlands, the South East, the South West, Ireland & Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

Megacities Shortdocs  – Closed January 15
People who live in a megacity (including London) are invited to submit a short documentary of up to four minutes, which raises awareness of urban challenges and solutions. The winner will receive a trip to Paris and $1,667.

IRN Awards for News Radio – Closed January 15
The student category for best news or sport is open to all.

The Sigma Awards for Data Journalism – Closed January 17
To reward exceptional data journalism across several categories, winning $5,000 and speaking opportunities in our online events.

The CIVIS Media Prize – Closed January 19
Up to €27,000 awards for work focused on migration, integration, diversity, and democratic culture.

GG2 Leadership Awards, Young Journalist of the Year – Closed January 26
Rewarding excellence in black, Asian and ethnic minority communities. For those under the age of 35.

Amnesty Media Awards — Closed January 29
Amnesty Awards are open to UK journalists across various mediums and celebrate excellence in human rights journalism.

The Hillman Prizes – Closed January 30
Prizes of US$5,000 for investigative journalism must have been widely accessible to a US audience.

Health for All Film Festival — Closes January 31
Open to short films, social videos, and animations across categories of universal health coverage, health emergencies and better health and well-being. In previous years, winners from each category received $10,000, and all types of artistic approaches are welcome: animation, fiction, documentary, and video art.

Dr Katherine Giles Award For The Best Popular Article By A Scientist Or Engineer – Closed January 31
Part of the ABSW awards and comes with a £500 prize for the winner. Free to enter if you are a member of the Association of British Science Writers.

Association of British Science Writers — Closed January 31
Free to enter for ABSW members, with prizes of up to £1,000 for winners

TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting: Uncovering Commercial Bribery – Closed January 31
These two $10,000 prizes recognise journalism that uncovers business-related bribery and financial crime.

February

New Media Writing Prize, Student Award — Closed February 1
Prizes of between £500-£1,000 for the best digital storytelling. The best student writer will win either a creative writing course or a year’s magazine subscription.

Livingston Award for Young JournalistsClosed February 1
An award for journalists aged 34 and younger who submit works relating to current events, or provide new information about old events. A total of $10,000 USD will be allocated to three journalists.

Whickers Film & TV Funding AwardClosed February 3
Funding of £100,000 and £20,000 for emerging filmmakers to direct their first non-fiction film of 50 minutes or more.

Future Worlds Prize – Closed February 5
A prize for unpublished Fantasy and Science Fiction writers of colour. First prize offers a total of £4,000 in cash. 

IPG Independent Publishing Awards – Closed February 8
12 different awards to recognise the achievements of independent publishers in the UK and Ireland.

The Hugo Young Award (Category 19 – 25) – Closed February 11
If you’re aged 16-25, this could be your chance to showcase your talent in political journalism. You will receive £1000 in cash, and you’ll have the opportunity to shadow a Guardian journalist to sharpen your craft.

Travel Media Awards – Closed February 20
Open to all travel writers, broadcasters and photographers, the Awards is a true barometer of the travel media sector.

The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize – Closed February 15
The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize will recognize a significant contribution to press freedom, especially in high-risk areas.The recipient will be recognized during a World Press Freedom Day ceremony on May 3, 2024. Moreover, they will receive an award totalling $25,000 USD.

University of Oxford Philip Geddes Memorial Prizes – Closed February 16
The Geddes Trust awards £6,500 of journalism prizes to University students in Hilary Term.

Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award – Closed February 22
Win $12,500 plus research privileges and office space in New York.

The Hugo Young Award (Category 16 – 18) – Closed February 26
Place your political journalism on the stage! This year’s 16 – 18 category winner will receive £100 in book vouchers, a digital subscription to the Guardian for one year, access to a Guardian Masterclass and a trophy presented at The Guardian’s annual event. 

Observer/Anthony Burgess Prize for Arts Journalism – Closed February 29
A competition set out to uncover the best new writing about any of the arts. The first prize is £3,000 plus publication of the winning piece in the Observer New Review and online. Two runners-up will win £500 each.

Festival of Migrant Film Competition – Closed February 29
International filmmakers, video artists and activists are invited to submit their films and video works of any genre, length or year of production for consideration to the Festival programme team. All entries must be submitted with English (or Slovenian) subtitles. The winner will have their work showcased for the FMF 2024 and will take place in Slovenian cities from 23rd to 26th of September 2024.

March

Big Picture Competition– Closed March 1
The competition is open to all photographers worldwide, and submitted photographs should focus on nature, wildlife, and conservation. There is a $5,000 grand prize, while first place entries across the seven categories will win $2,500 respectively.

The Wincott Awards – Closed March 1
Under 30s can win £5,000 for business, economics and finance work. Entries are open for seven different awards. 

Covering Climate Now AwardsClosed March 1
Inviting journalists from around the world and across newsroom beats to submit their work as exemplary coverage of the defining story of our time is celebrated. 

The 2024 New Poets Prize – Closed March 6
The New Poets Prize is a pamphlet competition for writers between 17 and 24. Entrants are invited to submit short collections of twelve pages of poems. Winners and runners-up will be selected to receive a year of support from The Poetry Business.

Statistical Excellence in Journalism Award – Closed March 14
Four awards recognising the value of using statistics in journalism. 

BBC World News Komla Dumor Award – Closed March 15
An award for an exceptional storyteller based in Africa, with strong journalism skills, on-air flair, and an exceptional talent in telling African stories. The winner will receive £2,000 per month, covering the living expenses of a three month placement. There is also a one-off payment of £5,000 as a contribution towards loss of salary in their home country. 

Publisher Podcast Award — Closed March 15
Open to publishing companies, who publish English content in at least one other medium alongside the podcast. 

Washington Post Stern Fellowship – Closed March 18
A three-month fellowship for experienced journalists at the Washington Post.

Sony Positive Influence Mentoring Programme – Closed March 27
Sony Positive Influence offers a 6-month mentoring program with Sony for media enthusiasts interested in music, gaming, film, or tech careers, providing one-on-one mentoring, network access, and event invitations.

Northern Writers’ Awards, Round 1 – Closed March 28
Win a book deal and professional development, with advances and bursaries of £2-5,000 on offer.

Aerospace Media Awards Closed March 29
Over twenty fascinating categories on offer here for writers in the aerospace industry. All free to enter, with one nomination per category.

Think Prize, The Royal Institute of Philosophy – Closed March 31
The Royal Institute of Philosophy has opened submissions for its inaugural essay competition for the ‘Think’ journal. Open to students worldwide between 16-18 and in full-time education, essays of up to 1,200 words can explore themes like machine thinking, the morality of meat consumption, or the nature of reality, with the winning entry published in Think and other prizes awarded.

Orwell Prize for Reporting Homelessness – Closed March 31
This prize rewards evidence-led reporting and/or commentary on homelessness in all its forms. Free to enter and worth £3000 to the winner. Shortlists announced in May. The Orwell Prizes uphold the aims and values of the author and journalist George Orwell (1903-1950). 

The Golden Turtle Awards – Closed March 31
Individual prizes of up to $2,000 USD for projects showcasing ethical wildlife photography.

The Orwell Prizes for Journalism —  Closed March 31
For sustained reportage or commentary across the year in any medium. Free to enter and worth £3000 to the winner. Shortlists announced in May. The Orwell Prizes uphold the aims and values of the author and journalist George Orwell (1903-1950). 

April

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs (DBACE)Closed April 1
A funding stream set to support talented 18 -30-year-olds to create positive impacts through social enterprise. There will be five winners in total, with a £60,000 prize fund and £100,000 worth of business support.

Mary Mulvihill Award – Closed April 2
Awards €2,000 to a student at a HE institution in Ireland for work about science and industry. This year’s theme is ‘Intelligence’.

Other Schemes

There are several other schemes we are aware have run in the past, but we cannot provide details of when or if they will re-open. We will provide new information as soon as it becomes available.

These schemes are:

  • BBC Radio 4 Today Programme Student Journalism Awards
  • Magazine Academy Awards
  • Words by Women Awards
  • Wyn Harness Prize (The Independent)
  • Travelex Best New Travel Writer
  • Sensora Music Journalism Bursary
  • David Welch Sports Award
  • CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year Award
  • The Comment Awards
  • AITO Travel Writer of the Year
  • Creative Access & Getty Images Photojournalism Scholarship
  • One Young World Journalist of the Year
  • Theatre Photograph of the Year
  • Anthony Howard Political Prize
  • Index On Censorship Fellowship