Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize 2020 (Win $1,000)

Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize 2020 (Win $1,000)

Deadline: August 30, 2020

Applications for the Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize 2020 are now open. The prize is given to insightful work that contributes to the understanding of labor history; shows creativity; demonstrates excellence in writing; and adheres to the highest journalistic standards of accuracy.

The organisers of the prize are guided by the vision of the late Debra E. Bernhardt, who worked in so many different realms to share the hidden histories of working people. As head of the Wagner Labor Archives she reached out to an astonishing number of people and organizations, to document undocumented stories and unrecognized contributions, and to make links between past and present. The LaborArts project is dedicated to Bernhardt, and the online exhibit “Making History Personal” explores her work.


  • The Bernhardt Prize is an award of $1,000 given for an article that furthers the understanding of the history of working people.


  • Articles focused on historical events and articles about current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education) that include historical context are both welcome;
  • The work should be published in print or online between August 26, 2019 and August 30, 2020;
  • Only one entry per person;
  • Publications and subject matter should target the United States and Canada;
  • Neither books nor plays are eligible.


To enter, send an e-mail on or before Sunday August 30, 2020 to [email protected] with the following information: 

  • Author name
  • Title of Article
  • Name of Publication
  • Date and Place of Publication
  • URL link for article (if no link is available attach a PDF of the article and of the front page of the publication to your e-mail).

For more information, visit Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize.