Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award Rules and Guidelines 
2018 Rules and Guidelines

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Since 1960, Ball State University’s Department of Journalism has presented a national journalism award for writing excellence. Outstanding achievements in print journalism have been honored including reporting, writing, and investigative reporting.

In recent years, the award has been given largely on the basis of excellence in writing without restriction as to the nature of content or type of reporting. In 1985, the award was renamed National Journalism Writing Award to recognize this special, intentional emphasis.

In 2001, the Pulliam family made a long-term funding commitment to Ball State University to support the award. The focus comes from the department’s commitment to excellence in writing as a basic requirement for all phases of journalism. In brief, the award honors a writer who has displayed excellence in crafting an article with compelling writing skills. The recipient is expected to accept an expense-paid trip to campus in April to receive the award at a luncheon, meet with students and present talks on the winning article.

Who qualifies: The award will be given for an article published during the calendar year ending Dec. 31, 2017. It must be either a single article or one selected article chosen from a series. We cannot accept multiple-day series. The material must have been reported and written by a single author and must have appeared in some form of print or online journalism (not self-published). Only one entry per writer may be submitted. Entries are also limited to five per publication and 15 per publisher of multiple newspapers and magazines.

How to enter: No entry form is required. However, all entries must be submitted on 8 ½” x 11” paper. This is necessary because copies must be made and mailed to judges. Any entries not meeting this requirement will be disqualified. A good quality photocopy is acceptable, but please don’t reduce to less than 75 percent of original size. Accompanying photos are not necessary. 

Judging is based strictly on the quality of the entry’s writing. The name of publication should be omitted on the entry, although please identify it in the cover letter. A cover letter, signed by the writer, should authenticate the article and provide any pertinent information believed useful in the judging. Please include addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail information. 

Three judges include the 2017 winner and two nationally-recognized journalists not associated with Ball State University. 

Entries will be returned if requested and accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. All entries should be sent to:

Eugene S. Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award
Prof. Mark Massé, Coordinator
Department of Journalism
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306
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Journalism Alumni and Friends

Deadline: Postmarked no later than Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, and must be received by Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Faxed and e-mail entries not accepted.