CJA opens annual Dorothy Storck Award contest

The Chicago Journalists Association is seeking the best columns written by a print, broadcast or online journalist, published from July 2018 to July 2019.


Applicants must meet two of three criteria. The columnist or commentator must live in Illinois or northwest Indiana; work for an Illinois or northwest Indiana-based publication, TV or radio station; or write for an online publication whose work is seen within Illinois.

Journalists must submit three columns or commentaries published or aired from July 2018 to July 2019. The columns must be submitted in English. They may include editorials and local news, or examples of humor, business, health/science, sports, education, transportation and the arts. Three finalists will be selected.

Winner will be announced at CJA’s 80th Anniversary Awards Dinner, to be held Friday, November 1, 2019.

The fee, due with each award submission, is $75. Payments must be made via PayPal on our Donations pageYou need not belong to the CJA to enter.

Submit all entries electronically, to For further information, contact CJA at the above email, or at (773) 789-9488.

Deadline for entries is October 15, 2019. Please include phone and email contact information.

Dorothy Storck was a former syndicated newspaper columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner who died in August 2015. She began her journalism career at the Chicago American, which later became known as Chicago Today. She ended her career at the Philadelphia Inquirer. She was also a U.S. Air Force squadron commander, and held the rank of major before becoming a journalist. Her family and her fiancé, University of Illinois at Chicago political professor Dick Simpson, established this award in her honor.