Award for Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion

Deadline: February 28, 2013




Annually the American Academy of Religion honors the best in-depth reporting on religion. The contest is open to all print and Web-based journalists.

  • First place receives $1,000
  • Second place, $500
  • Third place, $250


  • News articles, columns, editorials, and other opinion writing in Web-based or print media of any size.
  • Three to five articles published during calendar year 2012.
  • Any topic related to religion.

Writing should include a historical, explanatory, or contextual approach to the subject matter, using research or perspectives of scholars. Writing for a general audience is preferred, as is writing on a diversity of topics.

Online entry form and contest rules: http://www.aarweb.org/jump/jawards.

Previous winners include journalists from the Anniston (Ala.) Star, Associated Press, Beliefnet.com, Boston Globe, CNN.com, Chicago Tribune, Christian Century, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Higher Education, Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star, Louisville Courier-Journal, Orange County Register, Ottawa Citizen, PoliticsDaily.com, New York Times, Religion News Service, Vancouver Sun, and Wall Street Journal.

Contact: Shani Settles, ssettles@aarweb.org, 404-727-2286.

Founded in 1909, the American Academy of Religion is the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion, with some 10,000 members in North America and abroad. The AAR neither endorses nor rejects any religious belief or practice.

Deadline: February 28, 2013


Shani Salama Settles


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