The entry system will open for submissions on Jan. 25, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. ET, and close on March 5, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET. (Submission deadline extended one week.)
In recognition of the extraordinary circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic for much of 2020, there are one-time category changes to note. Three categories, open to all circulation levels, have been added:
- COVID-19 feature writing
- COVID-19 opinion/analysis
- COVID-19 photography
To accommodate these categories, the Special Project category and the two Sports Photography categories awarded on the basis of circulation level have been paused.
Because there will be no gala this year, Photojournalist and Journalist of the Year will not be awarded.