Walkley Arts Journalism Awards Terms & Conditions

These two awards, the Walkley Award for Arts Journalism and the Walkley-Pascall Award for Arts Criticism, are open to all Australian journalists covering arts journalism or criticism who have had work published or broadcast in any medium through Australian media outlets between Jan. 1, 2016, and June 15, 2017.

  • All entrants must be either:
    1. Journalists residing in Australia working for an Australian media outlet on a work visa, Australian citizens or permanent residents.
    2. Australian citizens working for international news outlets whose work is available to an Australian audience.
  • All entrants must certify that their entry, apart from normal sub-editorial/production treatment, is their original work and that they have adhered to the MEAA Code of Ethics in the work preparation, undertake to continue to abide by the Code of Ethics and have complied with all copyright requirements.
  • Entry is open to Australian journalists who have self-published, including blogs.
  • Self-published entrants should provide relevant URL links and where possible, verification of the work’s authenticity. If the entrant is verifying their own work, they must make this clear in their supporting statement.
  • All entries must declare any legal complaints, defamation actions, contempt of court actions, suppression orders, challenges to the accuracy, corrections or claims of plagiarism, relevant to the work at the time of entry.
  • Entrants must declare if the creation of the work involved payment for information or an interview.
  • Each entrant may enter only once in each category. The exception is with the Arts Journalism category where joint or group entries are allowed. In this instance you may submit up to two entries per category, provided the entries are different stories. That is: one single entry and one joint or group entry, or two joint or group entries.
  • Group entries of up to three people are only allowed into the Arts Journalism category.
  • Only individuals may enter the Arts Criticism category.
  • Entry is free for members of MEAA. The cost of entering the award for nonmembers is $150 including GST.  To enquire about MEAA membership, please contact membership@alliance.org.au  or call 1300 656 513.
  • Judges have the right to reject an entry which in their opinion does not comply with the requirements of the competition. The judges’ decision will be final. The Walkley Advisory Board reserves the right to withdraw a Walkley Award if it later finds the entrant did not comply with the entry conditions.
  • To facilitate easy access for judging, entrants should place URLs outside any paywall. If that proves infeasible, the entry should provide a username and password for judges, plainly indicated in the supporting statement.
  • The entrant acknowledges that the Walkley Foundation may reproduce, broadcast and communicate materials submitted for the purpose of promoting the Awards, conducting the presentation ceremony and making the finalist and winners entries available to the public and agrees and warrants that the Foundation may use the material for these purposes.
  • Please keep copies of all material submitted. Entries will not be returned.