• Open to journalists working in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.
  • All entries must have been published, broadcast or placed online in 2013.
  • All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 3, 2014.


pro SPJ members: $40 per category
not pro SPJ: $60 per category

Click here for pricing and details on the Green Eyeshade’s College Top 10.

Other payment stuff…

  • For an entry to qualify for the SPJ member rate, at least one of the listed entrants must be a current, dues-paying member.
  • Insert the member number in the Entrant Last Name field, after the last name of the entrant who is a member. (Example: “Smith – 123456″)

Payment is easiest online. (Click on the ENTER NOW page for details). But to pay by check, send payment to…

Green Eyeshade Awards
c/o Tim Dodson
780 NE 69th Street, Suite 807
Miami, FL 33138

No fees will be refunded, and all entries become the property of Green Eyeshade Awards and/or SPJ.


  • All entries must be submitted online at More info on the ENTER NOW page.
  • You can enter multiple times per category. As long as you pay the entry fees, we don’t cap the number.
  • Cover letters are optional except where noted. If you decide you need one, keep to one page. A cover letter might include information about impact or community reaction. Don’t try to “sell” the story to the judges. Trust us,that never works.
  • All entries must be accompanied by payment.
  • Corrections or serious challenges to an entry must be included with the entry. If judges or Green Eyeshade administrators learn a correction wasn’t included, the entry will be disqualified – and your money won’t be returned.
  • Read everything carefully. Some categories have other specific entry requirements.
  • We’re flexible. If you have questions about the rules, email us. But know we’ll try to interpret those rules as loosely as possible – this is about recognizing good work, not getting nit-picky. Just ask and we’ll try our best to accommodate.


Professional journalists and academics from outside the Southern United States serve as judges. They can withhold awards if no entry meets judging standards, and they will reject entries that don’t comply with entry rules.

Judging criteria include but are not limited to:

  • clarity
  • style
  • accuracy
  • enterprise
  • resourcefulness in overcoming obstacles
  • service to the community
  • contribution to the public’s understanding of issues and events
  • adherence to SPJ Code of Ethics


Entries will be judged on:

  • significance of the service rendered
  • evidence of courage and initiative against opposition
  • presentation and results obtained



  • In categories that call for a number of samples, it is not required that these samples be related; in categories that call for a series, stories in a series must be related and must have been labeled as such when published.
  • Individual categories specify the number of articles that make up an entry.
  • When uploading documents to the Better BNC website, only 6 file types are allowed at present: DOC, PDF, TXT, JPG, PNG, and GIF. File size limit is 5MB. For larger files (between 5-50MB), you may upload your file(s) to a third-party website such as, and copy and paste the hosted item’s web address into the Website URL field.


  • Submit photo and graphics entries as PDF pages as they appeared in print.


  • Submit entries as URL or hyperlink to your server that judges can access during judging period.
  • Entries must remain intact and accessible until finalists are announced. Make sure the content is hosted online, either on your station website or a free hosting site (such as kiwi6 or wikiupload).


  • Submit entries as hyperlink to audio files that judges can access during judging period.
  • Entries must remain intact and accessible until finalists are announced. Make sure the content is hosted online, either on your station website or a free hosting site (such as kiwi6 or wikiupload).

ONLINE (affiliated or independent)…

  • All entries require cover letters summarizing the story and must refer to an active URL.
  • Websites affiliated with print or broadcast organizations must include in the cover letter an explanation of how the entry differed from or enhanced print or broadcast coverage.
  • Independent websites must describe in their cover letters their journalistic role in the community they cover.
  • Denote on entry form whether site is affiliated or independent.
  • Nominated sites must remain intact and accessible until finalists are