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Journalism Entries Due December 20

Published: December 1, 2021 1:41 pm ET

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The best of harness racing journalism in 2020-21 will be honoured by the U.S. Harness Writers Association with the John Hervey Awards for writing, Sam McKee Award for broadcasting, and George Smallsreed Awards for photography. The deadline for entries is December 20 at 5 p.m.

Entries will be accepted for news/commentary writing, feature writing, broadcasting, race photography and feature photography. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, entries will be accepted from a two-year period. Entries published or broadcast between December 1, 2019 and November 30, 2021 are eligible. All entries must be in English.

Judges in each category will select a winner and, where appropriate, up to two honourable mentions. There are no entry fees or cash prizes. Winners will be announced in January and will be recognized at the U.S. Harness Writers Association’s annual Dan Patch Awards festivities on February 20 in Orlando, Florida.

Photo and written submissions must have appeared in a paid-circulation publication or on the website that is the same-name affiliate of a paid-circulation publication, recognized broadcast news organization, or established industry/news website. Content that appeared on personal websites, message boards or lists, and similar entities is not valid for inclusion in the competition. The final decision on eligibility is in the hands of the Journalism Awards Committee.

Broadcast entries will be an accepted feature or live racing segment no longer than 10 minutes. The entry must have appeared on a network television or cable station, recognized news and/or industry website, or have been included in a racetrack’s simulcasting presentation. Documentaries or other long-form productions are not eligible although one segment of that documentary, edited only to fit the length limitations of no more than 10 minutes, may be submitted for consideration.

The awards are not open to entries that are fiction, in the form of Q&As, or were prepared for commercial purposes (for advertisements/promo/publicity purposes).

There is a limit of one submission per person per category. A person may enter more than one category, but not with the same submission. An entry may only be submitted in one category and the category must be indicated clearly. The Journalism Awards Committee, at its discretion, may disqualify an entry at any time in the process, and reserves the right not to bestow an award in a particular category based on the quality and quantity of entries.

All entries must originate with the author/photographer/producer and must include a signed cover letter expressing the wish to enter materials in the contest and granting permission for the materials to be used for promoting the awards in press releases. The letter must also include the following contact information for the writer/producer/photographer: name, full address, telephone numbers (home, office, cell) and email address. The letter must also include the date that the media organization published/aired the submission and specify the category for which the entry is being submitted.

Editors may submit entries provided the cover letter includes contact information for the writer/producer/photographer as well as for the person submitting the entry. All other third-party entries will be rejected.

Written entries must specify the category — news or feature — for consideration. All print entries must include a PDF version or screenshot of the entry as it appeared in print plus a plain text version with no identifying information (bylines, publication name, graphs, photos or other graphic elements).

Broadcast entries must not exceed 10 minutes and must not contain commercials. Each submission (one per person or organization) should have a cover letter. Submissions should be provided via a file-sharing service or link to the entry online.

Photography entries must include a cover letter designating the category for the photo, race or feature, and a PDF version or screenshot of the entry as it appeared in publication or online. Photographs should not be digitally enhanced beyond the basics needed to achieve realistic color balance and sharpness. Failure to follow these rules will result in disqualification. Photographs should be sent via email.

Entries in all categories should be emailed to [email protected].

The decisions of the Journalism Awards Committee and the judges are final.

Questions can be directed to Ken Weingartner, Journalism Awards Committee member, at the above email address.

(USHWA)


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