The Golden Quill entries deadline is Feb. 1, 2021. 

Golden Quill entries should reflect the purpose of ISWNE: Encouraging the writing of editorial or staff-written opinion pieces that identify local issues that are or should be of concern to the community, offer an opinion, and support a course of action. 

Eligibility: All newspapers of less than daily frequency (published less than five days per week) are qualified to enter. Entries must have been published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Select up to four best editorials or signed opinion pieces from your newspaper. One person can have two different entries. Each entry is one editorial. A newspaper can have up to four different entries. One entry is made of one editorial.

The original tearsheet(s) are preferred with Golden Quill entry clearly marked. It is also acceptable to submit PDFs.

Complete the PDF entry form (located below). Using a pen or marker, clearly indicate the Golden Quill Entry on each tearsheet. Print two copies and mail along with two complete page tearsheets of each entry to:

Dr. Chad Stebbins

Missouri Southern State University

3950 E. Newman Road

Joplin, MO 64801-1595

Cost: $20 per person (two entries allowed per person) for ISWNE members and $25 for non-members. If two people are entering from the same newsroom, the cost is $40 for ISWNE members and $50 for non-members. Payment can be made by check, credit card or PayPal. For instructions on how to pay online, click here.

Golden Dozen entries must be postmarked by: Feb. 1, 2021


Please mark the envelope: Golden Quill Entry.

Click here for the Golden Quill Entry Form

You may also nominate an editorial or signed opinion piece by sending the required information with a copy of the article in the format indicated. Please enclose a letter telling ISWNE that it is a nomination, and a check for $20 for ISWNE members or $25 for non members.

Grassroots Editor, ISWNE's quarterly journal, will reprint the 12 best editorials as the Golden Dozen in the 2020 summer issue.

The Golden Quill winner will be invited to attend ISWNE's annual conference in Reno, Nevada, Dates??? at the Ryerson School of Journalism. The winner will receive a conference scholarship and travel expenses up to $500.

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