European Press Prize for Excellence in Journalism 2018 (Winners get €10,000 each)

European Press Prize for Excellence in Journalism 2018 (Winners get €10,000 each)

Deadline: December 15, 2017

The European Press Prize is welcoming entries from all over the European continent. The European Press Prize is an award programme for excellence in journalism across all 47 countries of Europe. It was founded in 2012 by seven European media foundations. Nominations open each year in November and close in December.

The prizes are awarded during the European Press Prize Ceremony in April. The first one was in De Balie in Amsterdam in 2013, the 2014 awards were given at the Reuters headquarters in London and in 2015 the European Press Prize visited the JP/Politiken headquarters in Copenhagen. The 2016 awards were presented in Prague.

The following are the prize categories:

  • Investigative Reporting Award: For discovering and revealing facts, exposing hidden news to the public
  • Distinguished Reporting Award: For exceptional reporting, telling a story in the best possible way
  • Opinion Award: For a remarkable textual or visual interpretation of the world we live in
  • Innovation Award: For challenging the current boundaries of journalism with a new idea or method
  • Special Award: The judges award a special prize for excellent journalism to one striking entry which defies categories and disciplines


  • Each award is for 10,000 Euros, to be spent wherever possible on a personal project that may, in turn, enrich the practice of journalism;
  • The judges are also empowered to award a special prize for particular excellence. The nominated works will be published on the website of the European Press Prize.


  • Any journalist that works in or is from any of the 47 countries of the Council of Europe is eligible to compete in the European Press Prize;
  • The articles may be in any language, but accompanied by a synopsis in English (250 words maximum), explaining the theme of the article(s), together with an assessment of its impact and reception;
  • Articles should be a maximum of 5000 words in all. Going beyond that puts a heavy strain on translation resources;
  • The article should have been published between December 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017;
  • There are no limits to the amount of articles you can send in. You can either apply more than once, in, for example, different categories or with articles on different subjects. You can also add multiple articles in one entry, if they relate to each other.


  • Begin your application here.
  • Entries should be submitted digitally by completing the form. Only complete forms can be entered. The full text of the article(s) must be submitted in a Word or PDF document. If you have an English translation, please submit as well.

For more information, visit European Press Prize.