Prizes of $10,000 will be presented in three categories: local, national and international reporting. There is no entry fee. 

  • To enter, you must be 34 years of age or younger as of December 31, 2016.
  • Multiple bylines are eligible, but all must meet the age criteria.
  • One entry per individual is accepted. One entry can be a single piece or a maximum of three pieces either from a published series or an original piece and its follow-up developments. All pieces of the series must be published by the same organization.
  • Print, broadcast and online work is eligible. Still photography is not eligible.
  • The work must appear in U.S. controlled print, broadcast or online media.
  • Entries must be directly related to current events or include new information about old events. Features and commentary are eligible.
  • Submissions must consist of materials prepared in the ordinary course of the journalist’s professional production. Materials prepared by journalists specifically for submission to the Livingston Awards do not qualify.
  • Student media are not eligible.
  • Individuals may apply on their own, or be entered by their organization.
  • Competition is limited to work published or appearing during calendar year ending December 31, 2016.


  • The deadline for entering work published in 2016 is February 1, 2017.
  • Entry for 2016 work will opens in October 2016.
  • Finalists will be notified by April 1, 2017. Announcement of winners will take place on June 6, 2017.


Entry Questions

For questions about the entry process, email Melissa Riley at livawards@umich.edu