TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting – Cash Prize of $10,000!

TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting – Cash Prize of $10,000!

Deadline: January 29, 2016

Entries are being received for the inaugural TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting. The prize recognizes reporting that focuses on uncovering commerical bribery with the goal of advancing commercial transparency. The investigative reporting may cover actual violations of law as well as activities that create significant conflicts of interest and related misconduct. Recognizing that corruption and bribery are primary obstacles to economic development, TRACE, with this prize, seeks to honor the journalists who have brought these issues to light.


  • Two winning entries will each be awarded a cash prize of $10,000. If there is more than one author per winning entry, the $10,000 will be divided accordingly. The judges may also award one honorable mention.
  • Every author for each winning entry will also win a funded trip to Cambridge University to receive their award at a conference hosted by TRACE International on July 20-21, 2016.


  • Nominees can be print reporters, citizen journalists or bloggers from any country.
  • Articles eligible for submission must appear in print or online during the 2015 calendar year.
  • If the entry is a series, at least half of the stories must be published during the 2015 calendar year.
  • Individuals may submit their own work or entries may be submitted by the publication in which the work appeared. Entries may also be submitted by third parties with the permission of the author/s.

Application Process

  • Send the completed Entry Form and a copy of the published work via email to Caitlin Seymour at [email protected]
  • Article/s must be in English or accompanied by a translation.
  • If the work is published on a web-based news organization, it must be original reporting.
  • While online/electronic submission is preferred, please contact the prize administrator if you need to submit the entry via fax or regular mail.

For more information, visit TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting.