SPJ’s Florida Pro Chapter is pleased to announce the 23rd annual Sunshine State Awards competition, open to all professional print, broadcast and online journalists in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Spanish-language division is presented in partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. We also offer a Student division for students at Florida colleges and universities.

The Sunshine State Awards recognize quality journalism in the best tradition of our profession for the calendar year of 2016. Out-of-state journalists will judge all entries and may award first-, second- and third-place honors in each category. The finalist list will be emailed to all entrants by early May. Winners will be announced at the annual Sunshine State Awards ceremony this summer.


All entries must be submitted online; no hard-copy entries are accepted. Read the category descriptions and follow all instructions carefully. If you have questions, please contact Contest Administrator Tim Dodson at tim@timdodson.com or 305-756-6763.

Pro category entries are $38 each and Student category entries are $25 each.

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Final entry deadline is March 7. Submission deadline has passed, entry is now closed.

NAHJ_SFL-logoSPJ & NAHJ MEMBER BENEFIT: get one entry FREE with your first paid entry. The free entry must list a current, dues-paying, individual SPJ or NAHJ member as one of the entrants. To claim the free entry, you must enter the member’s name and SPJ or NAHJ membership number.