• 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 2018.
  • All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 3, 2019.


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

Click here for pricing and details on the Green Eyeshade’s college categories.

Online payment is strongly preferred. 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. More info on the ENTER 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 it to a single 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.