20th Annual Sunshine State Awards

Deadline Extended! Enter by March 7!

SPJ members get a free entry!


SPJ’s Florida Pro Chapter is pleased to announce the 20th annual Sunshine State Awards competition, open to all professional print, broadcast and online journalists in the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The competition recognizes work from calendar year 2013. 

This year we have added a Spanish-language division in partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

We also offer a student division for students at Florida colleges and universities. All proceeds from the student division help fund Will Write For Food, the annual SPJ program that lets 20-25 college journalists take over the nation’s second-largest homeless newspaper – but only for 36 hours. (Interested? Consider applying. But only if you’re serious.)

The Sunshine State Awards recognize quality journalism in the best tradition of our profession. Out-of-state journalists will judge all entries and may award first-, second- and third-place honors in each category. Finalists will be notified in late April and winners will be announced at the annual Sunshine State Awards ceremony.

Entry Guidelines | Awards Categories