DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: Monday, May 2 (4 p.m. CDT)
This contest is open to members of America's Newspapers.
The award, to be presented this fall during the America's Newspapers Annual Meeting, recognizes outstanding commentary on local issues. It encourages thoughtful, courageous and constructive editorial page leadership on issues specifically relevant to each newspaper’s primary readership.
The prize was named for the late Benjamin Carmage Walls whose newspaper career spanned seven decades. Walls primarily owned community newspapers and advocated strong, courageous and positive editorial page leadership. Southern Newspapers, Inc. – led by Lissa Walls, his daughter – generously contributes the prize money for this award.
Awards will be presented in each of two circulation categories – over 50,000 circulation and under 50,000 circulation.
In each circulation group, the first-place winner will receive a plaque and a cash award of $2,000. Second-place winners will receive a plaque and $1,000.
Each entry can include no more than six opinion pieces, editorials or columns on a single subject. Entries must have been published – online or in print – by a daily or non-daily newspaper between May 1, 2021, and April 30, 2022.
Entry fees: There is a $25 fee for each contest entry. An invoice will be sent to you after your entry has been received.
Writers may submit multiple entries into this contest.
Questions about this contest should be addressed to Cindy Durham, communications director, America's Newspapers, at email@example.com or call (205) 728-5250.