San Diego SPJ launches its 2023 Journalism Contest **DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 6, 9 P.M.**

Deadline extended! Submit your entries to the ’23 contest by March 6 at 9 p.m.

The 2023 SPJ San Diego Area Journalism Competition recognizes outstanding work by San Diego-area student and professional journalists published or broadcast during the calendar year 2022. Our contest opens early this year — entries will be accepted beginning Monday, Jan. 30, through Monday, Feb. 27. Entries submitted by 9 p.m. PST on Monday, Feb. 20, will get $10 off their entry fees ($5 off for students) in every category but our Distinguished Coverage Award and Excellence in Journalism Award. Entry fees for those two categories will remain the same.

This year’s Distinguished Coverage Award will honor stories about the cost of living in San

Diego. Each outlet that produced reporting related to this topic should submit its best story, series, or segment, along with an essay of no more than 500 words on why the coverage merits recognition. This award is open to all outlets and the fee to enter is $50.

Submit your entries using the BetterBNC Media Awards platform — we’ve added several new categories this year that we hope will offer more journalists the chance to have their work honored. To register or enter the contest, open a new browser window or tab to Keep this window open to refer to as you submit your awards.

If you have entered awards via the BetterBNC platform before — either for the SD-SPJ competition or for the SD Press Club awards — you should already be in the system, and you just have to select the 2023 SPJ awards contest.

All contest entries must be submitted online via the BetterBNC platform and must be entered by or on behalf of the individuals who produced the work and must identify each individual involved in producing the work.

Students: This year’s scholarship contest will be run separately from the San Diego Area Journalism Competition. Please stay tuned for additional information to be posted later this week. 

Below are directions for preparing and submitting entries. If you have questions, please contact Terry Williams at 619-743-3669 or

Best of luck to all of our applicants!

How to Enter
Contest Guidelines and Categories 2023
FAQs 2023