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Livingston Awards for Young Journalists

The deadline for entering work published in 2020 is February 1, 2021.

The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists were established in 1981 to recognize outstanding reporting and bolster the careers of journalists under the age of 35. 2021 marks 40 years of the Livingston Awards identifying exceptional young journalists and the next generation of newsroom leaders.

Each year, prizes of $10,000 each are presented in local, national and international reporting. Winners are selected by our panel of judges, who share a long-time commitment to our program and are highly respected for their achievements in journalism.

The Livingston Awards invites print, online, video, audio and data visualization entries.

Winning the award helps talented young reporters develop the confidence and the institutional backing to continue producing ambitious projects. National recognition leads winners to new stories, new audiences and new career opportunities. The distinguished names of past winners include David Remnick, Christiane Amanpour, Ira Glass, Michelle Norris and Steve Coll.

In addition, the Richard M. Clurman Award honours superb on-the-job mentors who improve journalism by exemplifying excellence in nurturing, critiquing and inspiring young journalists. The Clurman Award is presented alongside the annual Livingston Awards winners.


Prizes of $10,000 will be presented in three categories: local, national and international reporting. There is no entry fee. Prize money is paid directly to the journalists, not the media organization.

  • Entrants must be 34 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2020.

  • Multiple bylines are eligible, but all must meet the age criteria.

  • One entry per individual is accepted. One entry can be a single piece or a maximum of three pieces either from a published series, an original piece and its follow-up developments or three pieces clearly tied together in a beat. All pieces of the series must be published by the same organization.

  • There is no limit to the number of entries that a media organization can submit, provided that they enter only one entry per reporter.

  • Individuals may apply on their own, or be entered by their organization.

  • Print, online, video, audio and data visualization work is eligible. Still photography is not eligible.

  • The work must appear in U.S. controlled media. Entrants are not required to be U.S. citizens.

  • Entries must be directly related to current events or include new information about old events. Features and commentary are eligible.

  • Submissions must consist of materials prepared in the ordinary course of the journalist’s professional production. Materials prepared by journalists specifically for submission to the Livingston Awards do not qualify.

  • Student media are not eligible.

  • Competition is limited to work published or appearing during the calendar year ending December 31, 2020.

  • Winners will participate in an outreach event arranged by the Livingston Awards

Online Entry Form

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