Hillman Prizes

2017 Hillman Prize Nominations

The Hillman Prizes honor investigative journalism and commentary in service of the common good. Winners exemplify reportorial excellence, storytelling skill, and social justice impact.

The 2017 Hillman Prize contest will open in November 2016 and the deadline will be January 30, 2017.

Contest Instructions:

There is no entry fee.

Please click the box at the bottom of this page to enter. You will see category-specific instructions as well as a textbox to enter your cover letter. You may upload files, provide URL’s and/or mail copies to our office but you must fill out the form or we may not see the entry. 

Categories are as follows:

1. Book (bound volumes and ebooks)

2. Newspaper Journalism (story or series/in print or online) 

3. Magazine Journalism (story or series/in print or online) 

4. Broadcast Journalism (story or series/at least 20 minutes in total package length that has aired on television or radio)

5. Web Journalism (story/series that did not appear in print) Open to blogs, photojournalism, and other multimedia projects as well as text.

6. Opinion & Analysis Journalism (any medium) Includes all types of advocacy, opinion, commentary and analysis, normally short-form and/or frequent, regardless of medium. Open to newspaper and magazine columnists, TV and radio presenters, podcasters, blogs, and bloggers.

The contest is open to journalists and subjects globally, although work must have been intended for and be widely accessible to a U.S. audience. You may nominate your own work or someone else’s.
Winners will be announced in April 2017. Winners are awarded travel to New York City to receive a $5,000 prize and a certificate at our awards ceremony to be held Tuesday May 9, 2017.
You can see previous winners here.

Since 1950, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has honored journalists, writers and public figures that pursue investigative journalism and public policy in service of the common good. Sidney Hillman was the founding president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, a predecessor union of Workers United, SEIU. Sidney Hillman, an architect of the New Deal, fought to build a vibrant union movement extending beyond the shop floor to all aspects of working people’s lives.