2024 MRE Journalism Contest Official Rules

  • The 2024 MRE Journalism Contest opens May 17.
  • The 2024 MRE Journalism Contest closes June 14.
  • Print, digital, broadcast and visual journalists, or teams who cover the military, military affairs, troops and veterans or their families, or national security, defense or war are eligible to enter the contest.
  • Correspondants and freelancers meeting the above criteria are also eligible.
  • Students enrolled full- or part-time in graduate, undergraduate or high school are eligible to submit an entry.
  • Military Reporters & Editors (MRE) officers and board of directors are not eligible.
  • Judging is done by a panel independent of MRE, its officers and board of directors.
  • All decisions by the judges are final.
  • Winners will be notified at the conclusion of judging.
  • Winning entries will be posted on the MRE website – https://www.militaryreporters.org.
  • Winners are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony held in October in Washington, D.C.
  • You can access the contest at https://www.mrecontest.org.
  • Or click the button below.
See the contest details page for award and entry categories.
MRE Journalism Contest Official Rules editor

  • All work must have been originally published, broadcast, aired or posted in the English language.
  • All work must have been originally published, broadcast, aired or posted between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2023.
  • All work must have a publication, broadcast, air or posting date listed on the article(s).
  • A $50 entry fee must be paid for the first entry.
  • A $25 entry fee must be paid for additional entries.
  • Active MRE members may receive an entry fee waiver for their first contest entry.
    • Application for membership must be approved and membership active before a contest entry is submitted for the member to be eligible for the fee waiver.
    • The MRE membership fee waiver cannot be applied retroactively.
  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • A completed entry form must be submitted with each entry.
  • All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST June 14, 2024.
  • A one-paragraph biography for each journalist named on an entry is required.
  • A headshot for each journalist named on an entry is requested.
  • PDF for printed matter
  • MP3 files for audio material
  • MP4 files for video material
  • JPG or PNG for images
  • Links must be valid and accessible.
  • Links to work must be provided if published online.
  • Links behind paywalls must include login credentials.
  • Instructions to access article(s) behind paywall must be provided.
  • Links must remain active for a period of one year.
  • The use of and links to third-party websites such as YouTube or SoundCloud is permissible.
  • By submitting an entry form permission is granted to Military Reporters & Editors to display winning entries on the MRE website free of any obligations to an individual entrant or parent company.
  • An entry may be disqualified if contest rules are not followed.
  • Broken or faulty links may disqualify and entry.

Breaking News | Enterprise | Investigative Submission Requirements

  1. Article submission should be in the format of a PDF document with the publication or wire service name and date listed.
  2. If the article appeared online, a link should be provided.
  3. One entry may include up to four different single articles by the same author(s) or up to four articles in one series submission.

Commentary Submission Requirements

  1. Entry must include five columns.
  2. Each column should be provided in the format of a PDF document with the publication name and date listed.
  3. If the columns appeared online, a link should be provided for each.

Broadcast News Submission Requirements

  1. Entry may not exceed 15 minutes in length.
  2. Entry may be edited for time.
  3. Edits must be clearly indicated by a tone or silence.
  4. Air date(s) must be provided.
  5. Entry should include a cover letter.
  6. An MP4 file may be uploaded and/or a link may be provided – YouTube or SoundCloud are also permissible.
  7. If available, please submit a transcript in a PDF document.

TV Documentary | Docuseries Submission Requirements

  1. Entry may not exceed 30 minutes in length.
  2. Entry may be edited for time.
  3. Edits must be clearly indicated by a tone or silence.
  4. Entry should include a cover letter with a description of the scope of the coverage and its impact.
  5. An MP4 file may be uploaded and/or a link may be provided – YouTube or SoundCloud are also permissible.
  6. If available, please submit a transcript in a PDF document.

Radio Submission Requirements

  1. Entry may not exceed 15 minutes in length.
  2. Entry may be edited for time.
  3. Edits must be clearly indicated by a tone or silence.
  4. An MP3 file may be uploaded and/or a link may be provided – YouTube or SoundCloud are also permissible.
  5. If available, please submit a transcript in a PDF document.

Podcast Submission Requirements

  1. Entry may not exceed 30 minutes in length.
  2. Edits can include clearly audible edits.
  3. Entry should include a cover letter with a description of the podcast and credits for any sponsoring organization or names of individuals.
  4. An MP3 or MP4 file may be uploaded and/or a link may be provided – YouTube or SoundCloud are also permissible.
  5. If available, please submit a transcript in a PDF document.

Photojournalism Submission Requirements

  1. Up to five images may be submitted as either a single or series entry.
  2. Images should be submitted in JPG format.
  3. PDF file(s) showing the print or online publication of the photographs, including the name of the publication, date and url, should be included.
  4. Please provide links if possible.

Student Project Eligibility and Requirements

  • To be eligible, the entire project must have been produced only by enrolled students receiving academic credit for the work being entered or must be work created for a student publication.
  • Work produced for pay is not eligible for a student award (that is, freelance work, etc. Receipt of student aid is not a disqualifier).
  • Work that was created by a student for credit but then made available to a commercial publication is allowed but should be explained in the entry.