The MOLLY Prize for Best Student Journalism in the State of Texas

The MOLLY Prize for Best Student Journalism in the State of Texas is a new (for 2020), annual award for outstanding student reporting. Work may be in print, online, in video, or in audio. All entries will be judged on the basis of either a single piece or a series of up to four related articles or columns. The winner will receive one of two $500 prizes from the Texas Democracy Foundation and the Texas Observer in memory of Molly Ivins. Deadline for submissions is February 1. The award will be presented at the annual Molly Prize gala in Austin, Texas, on May 21, 2020. 

All MOLLY Student Journalism contest participants will also be eligible to take part in a mentoring program in either the Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, or Rio Grande Valley areas. As part of that program, student journalists will be paired with working journalists for a networking opportunity in small group settings. 

MOLLY Student Journalist Prize finalists will be selected from each of those five regions. Finalists will be invited to attend the MOLLY Prize dinner, where the student journalism award will be handed out. There, they will also have an opportunity to network with working journalists from around the country, including MOLLY Prize winners.

Student journalism submissions should represent the best work from each competing outlet. The same rules for our National MOLLY Prize apply here:

  • Submissions must consist of material originally published by Texas Student Journalists between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. Submissions do not have to have appeared in an official student publication, but they must have been produced by a student or students enrolled at a Texas college or university. Pieces also must have been edited or reviewed prior to publication. Only student-produced work is eligible. Work by students produced for non-student, professional publications will not be considered.

  • One entry per individual will be accepted. Each outlet can enter up to four pieces. One writer or reporter and one editor from each project will be eligible for the mentoring program.

  • Individual writers may enter on their own or be entered by the publication in which the work appeared.

  • Multiple bylines for a single entry are acceptable.

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.Though each submitted piece must have been edited in some fashion, editors do not have to be from official university outlets. For example, a professional editor working with a student on a piece would suffice here. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

  • Please separate multiple names with a comma.
  • Please separate multiple names with a comma.
  • Please list the name for the primary point of contact for this entry.
  • Please list the email address for the primary contact listed above.
  • Please list the phone number for the primary contact listed above.
  • All majors may enter the contest.
  • All majors may enter the contest. If the editor of this piece is not a student, please enter 'n/a.'
  • If work is unpublished, please note that here.
  • If work was unpublished, please note that the work is unpublished and include a date that work was finalized.
  • Was this entry produced primarily as a work for the web, print, video, or audio?
  • Drop files here or
    Upload your work here or enter a URL below.
  • Enter a URL for your work here or uploaded it above.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, docx.
    Upload a cover letter from an editor or faculty advisor detailing your work and why it should be considered for this award.
  • Max 150 words.
  • max 150 words
  • Please pick no more than two.