Molly Prize 2015: The Molly National Journalism Prize 2015 Submissions

Molly Journalism Prize BannerFrom January 1 through March 9, 2015, The Texas Observer and the Texas Democracy Foundation will be accepting entries for The MOLLY National Journalism Prize of 2015.

The 2015 annual MOLLY Prize will be awarded for an article or series of up to four short, related articles or columns telling the stories that need telling, challenge conventional wisdom, focus on civil liberties and/or social justice, and embody the intelligence, deep thinking and/or passionate wit that marked Molly’s work.

The MOLLY Prize and two Honorable Mentions will be presented at an awards dinner on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas, keynoted by a special guest in the tradition of past keynoters (Dan Rather, Ellen Goodman, Seymour Hersh, Gail Collins, Paul Krugman, Connie Schultz, and John Quinones).

Complete guidelines for submitting an entry appear below. For information on the award, becoming a sponsor, attending the dinner or contributing to the MOLLY Prize fund, please contact [email protected], or call 512-477-0746.


  • The MOLLY is an annual national print or online journalism award of $5,000 with two honorable mentions of $1,000, each to be presented by the Texas Democracy Foundation and The Texas Observer in memory of Molly Ivins.
  • All entries will be judged on the basis of either a single piece or a series of up to four related articles or columns. Judges will value work that reflects Molly’s ability to look critically at the issues of the day with compassion and/or humor, tell the stories that need telling, challenge conventional wisdom, and focus upon civil liberties or social justice.


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Initial screening for the entries will be conducted by journalists from the Board of Advisors, which governs the award. Finalists and winners will be determined by an annually selected Executive Committee of the Board of Advisors.


Funding of the prizes, expenses of the awards dinner, and travel and lodging for winning journalists and guest speakers will be underwritten through a fund established by friends of Molly Ivins. Contributions are welcome. If you want to become an event sponsor by purchasing a table for the awards dinner, please contact the publisher: Emily Williams at 512.477.0746 or by email at [email protected].


Click on the board of advisor members below to download their bio information.

Hugh Aynesworth, Tom BettagMike BlackmanNate BlakesleeFrederick BlevensRoy Blount, Jr.Mary BreastedRobert Bryce, Wanda CashCarlton CarlMike CochranGail Collins,Patrick CoxGreg Curtis, Lou DuboseRonnie Dugger, Carol Flake, Peggy Engle, James FallowsDoug FosterEllen GoodmanWade GoodwynPatti Kilday HartJim Henderson, Steven IsenbergMelissa JonesMyra MacPherson,David McHamDave McNeely, Kevin Merida, Judith Davidson MoyersVictor NavaskyKaye NorthcottLarry NorwoodKaren OlssonJohn PopeDan RatherGeoff RipsMatt RothschildBen SargentConnie SchultzRobert SiegelErna SmithGlenn SmithPaul SteklerCarlton StowersDiane SuchetkaEllen SweetsMimi SwartzSaralee Tiede, Rusty ToddCalvin Trillin and John Young.


2014: Dave Philipps, The Gazette (Colorado Springs)

2013: Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker

2012: Trevor Aaronson, Mother Jones

2011: Jeff Sharlet, Harper’s Magazine

2010: A.C. Thompson, ProPublica

2009: Rick Casey, The Houston Chronicle

2008: Diane Suchetka, The Cleveland Plain Dealer