ISWNE is accepting entries for its annual Golden Quill editorial writing contest

The International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors (ISWNE) is accepting entries for its annual Golden Quill editorial writing contest. The deadline for submissions is February 1.

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 US per entry (each editorial or column) for ISWNE members, $20 US per entry for non-members and $5 US 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 $500 US.

Information on how to prepare and send entries can be found at For specific questions, please contact ISWNE Executive Director Chad Stebbins at