Goff Penny Awards

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 26th Annual Edward Goff Penny Awards

Entry deadline: March 17, 2017

Now in its 26th year, the Hon. Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes competition is open to young journalists between the ages of 20 and 25 working for daily newspaper members.

If you have a talented young journalist working at your newspaper, encourage them to enter the competition by submitting four pieces of their best published work from 2016.

The Goff Penny Awards program is administered annually by Newspapers Canada and provides cash prizes of $1,500 to winners in two circulation classes: under 25,000 and 25,000 and over.

Contest Information

For more information, contact Nicole Bunt, Program Assistant, at awards@newspaperscanada.ca.


About the Hon. Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Canadian Journalists

Hon. Edward Goff Penny

The Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Canadian Journalists were established in 1991 at the bequest of the estate of the late Arthur G. Penny, grandson of Edward Goff Penny. The first awards were presented in 1992.

Arthur G. Penny, a former newspaper editor in the early 1920s with the old Quebec Chronicle and later a Quebec civil servant, died in 1963. In his last will and testament, he left provisions that, upon the death of his wife and son, two prizes for young journalists should be established in memory of his grandfather, Edward Goff Penny.

The Hon. Edward Goff Penny rose from the position of reporter at the Montreal Herald in the late 1800s to editor and publisher. He was the first president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa and in 1874 became the first newspaper reporter to be appointed to the Senate.

In keeping with the terms of the bequest, the annual awards offer cash prizes to two individuals working or writing for daily newspapers in two circulation classes: under 25000 and 25000 and over. Prize money is $1500 for each class. Competitors are required to submit four (4) editorial articles published during the 2016 calendar year. Entrants must be between the ages of 20 and 25 at the time of publication in order to be eligible for consideration.