The 2013 AAN Awards will begin accepting entries in two weeks. The deadline to submit entries is Friday, February 15, 2013 at 11 pm (EST).
AAN is introducing two new categories for its 2013 contest. The Beat Reporting category will recognize breadth and depth of coverage on a specific area of interest (e.g., education, environment, sports) by a single author. The Breaking News category will recognize outstanding coverage of an unplanned breaking-news event or development.
Those two categories will replace Short-Form News Story, which has been eliminated. The Media Reporting category has also been eliminated.
The Wild Card topic is Election Coverage. This category will recognize outstanding coverage of national, state or local elections; issues with the electoral process (voter suppression, fraud, etc.); or in-depth coverage of a specific campaign.
In addition, the Cartoon category has been amended to reward the “best single cartoon” as opposed to requiring a 10-cartoon body of work.
2013 AAN Awards Categories
Writing: Arts Criticism, Arts Feature, Beat Reporting, Breaking News, Column, Political Column, Feature Story, Food Writing, Investigative Reporting, Music Criticism, Long-Form News Story, Public Service, Special Topic: Election Coverage
Design: Cover Design, Editorial Layout, Illustration, Photography
Online: Individual Blog, Multimedia, Music Blog, Staff Blog
Outside-the-Box: Cartoon, Innovation/Format Buster, Special Section
The contest is open to member publications of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and to cartoonists whose work appears in those publications.
The full set of submission guidelines and category definitions will be released soon.
Questions about entry requirements should be directed to Jason Zaragoza at jason[at]aan.org.