Entries for the 2019 Deadline Club Annual Awards have been EXTENDED and entries will be accepted through Friday, February 15, at 11:59 p.m. EST.


New this year, our contest will be managed by BetterBNC, the latest iteration of the Better Newspaper Contest awards contest administration system founded in 2007. Used by journalism organizations across the country, including the Associated Press state competitions, the BetterBNC platform will provide a more efficient process this year for all involved: Our volunteer administrators, our volunteer judges and, mostly importantly, you — the contestant.

To enter the Deadline Club Annual Awards Contest, you must first create an Open Call contestant account using this registration page. Once your account is verified by email (please check spam filters for the automated message from BetterBNC), complete your contestant profile and click on “My Contests” under the Open Call Contestant navigation bar menu. Search “My Contests” for “2019 Deadline Club Awards.” You will be automatically approved as a contestant in our contest and can proceed to “Manage Entries” under the Open Call Contestant navigation menu. Click on “Submit Entry” to begin completing your entry form. Click here for a comprehensive Open Call Contestant User Guide from BetterBNC.

If you have any questions about the new entry process, please email


After the close of the 2018 awards season, the Deadline Club Board of Directors has proposed and ratified several changes to contest categories for the 2019 contest.

The first significant change was to separate the Radio and Audio Reporting category into two categories: Radio and Audio Feature Reporting, and Radio and Audio Investigative Reporting. With the growth of podcast journalism, this change was made to accommodate the high-quality, important reporting done by both traditional radio broadcasters and podcast journalists.

The next change is in our omnibus awards. The Minority Focus Award, traditionally one of the most competitive and prestigious, has been recast as two separate and distinct categories: The Mosaic Award, and the Les Payne Award for Coverage on Communities of Color. The category descriptions are as follows:

The Mosaic Award

Coverage elevating voices and experiences relating to disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, social justice, equity and inclusion. Entries may be a single article or broadcast, or a series of no more than five related parts, including editorials, commentary and sidebars. Open to all media.  

The Les Payne Award for Coverage on Communities of Color

Coverage from ethnic, community and mainstream press focusing on topics and issues specifically relevant to communities of color. Entries may be a single article or broadcast, or a series of no more than five related parts, including editorials, commentary and sidebars. Open to all media.  

Follow the link for a full list of category descriptions. Read the complete Deadline Club Annual Awards Contest rules before entering.

The Deadline Club’s journalism competition, one of the most prestigious in New York, drew more than 500 entries last year. The 2019 contest covers work that was published or broadcast in 2018 by news organizations in the New York metropolitan area. You can send any logistical questions to

Finalists will be announced in April, and winners will be announced at our annual awards dinner at the Harvard Club of New York City on Monday, May 20, 2019. Winners will be presented with “Rubes,” our unique award statuettes designed exclusively for The Deadline Club by Rube Goldberg, the “dean of American cartoonists.”

As always, our awards dinner will feature a prominent figure in New York journalism as guest speaker. The speakers at our 2018 dinner were PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff and CBS’ “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl. Watch our website, social media channels, and future editions of the Deadliner Express mailing to find out who will be featured.

Thank you and good luck to all — we look forward to your entries!


The annual Deadline Club Awards Dinner will return to the Harvard Club of New York City on Monday, May 20, 2019.
The evening will include the presentation of the Deadline Club Awards in print, radio, television and online journalism, as well as scholarships to New York area students and the annual Robert Greenman Award for High School Journalism Teaching and Advising. Proceeds support more than $10,000 in journalism scholarships and other programs of the Deadline Club.

At a Glance
When: Monday, May 20, 2019
Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Harvard Club, 35 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036