Submitting a Nomination

The George Polk awards are conferred annually to honor special achievement in journalism. Winners are chosen from newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and online news organizations. Nominees may come from any quarter including a panel of 39 advisers. Judges are Long Island University faculty and alumni as well as outside journalists. The awards are presented each spring at a luncheon in Manhattan and are preceded the night before by a seminar featuring a panel of winners.

All submissions must be made electronically.

If you experience any technical difficulties using the online nomination form, please send an email to

For all other non-technical questions or to request more information, please contact


Entries are for work published or presented during the 2021 calendar year. The deadline for submission is January 7. There is a fee of $50 per entry, payable by credit card only. Entries will not be acknowledged.


Judges place a premium on investigative and enterprise work that is original, significant, brings results and requires resourcefulness or courage.


Entries should be submitted by category – foreign, national, etc. – but these categories are by no means binding. Judges may drop or add categories at their discretion. Selection of a category will not impact an entry's chances of winning.


Journalists do not have to be U.S. citizens and the media outlet does not have to be American, but all entries must be in English and have appeared in the U.S.


In recent years, each winner has been awarded a cash bonus, made possible by the Nicholas B. Ottaway Foundation. Judges often confer a career award for a body of work.

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