Golden Quill editorial writing contest: Call for Entries


The International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE) is accepting entries for its
annual Golden Quill editorial writing contest. Deadline is Feb. 1, 2024.
Entries should reflect the purpose of the ISWNE: Encouraging the writing of editorials or staff-
written opinion pieces that identify local issues that are or should be of concern to the
community, offer an opinion, and support a course of action.
All newspapers of less than daily frequency (published fewer than four days per week) are
eligible to enter. Online-only newspapers must be considered community news sites. Syndicated
columnists are not eligible.
Entries must have been published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2023.
Cost is $15 per entry (each editorial or column) for ISWNE members, $20 per entry for non-
members, and $5 per entry for students. There is a separate division for student entries. Three
entries are allowed per person.
Grassroots Editor, ISWNE’s biannual journal, will reprint the 12 best editorials in the Summer
2024 issue. The Golden Quill winner will be invited to attend ISWNE’s annual conference in
Toronto, June 18-23. The winner will receive a conference scholarship and travel expenses up to
Information on how to prepare and send entries can be found at For specific
questions, please contact ISWNE Executive Director Chad Stebbins at