National Press Club

Wanted: The best writing on aviation, aerospace and defense

February 25, 2018 | By Will Lester |

Journalists who write about aviation, aerospace and defense are encouraged to enter their best work from 2017 in the National Press Club’s annual journalism contest.

The Michael Dornheim Award is presented in honor of the late Michael A. Dornheim, a longtime reporter and editor at Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine. The recipient must be a working journalist writing about aerospace, defense, the airline industry, or aerospace science and engineering. The winner gets a $1,000 prize.

The deadline is April 1. Club members can enter for free and nonmembers pay $50 per entry. Details on the different awards categories and how to enter the contest can be found by clicking here. Entrants are encouraged to enter online, but if you prefer, the Club will accept entries mailed in the traditional way as long as they are postmarked before the deadline.

The Club, a national leader among journalism organizations, encourages those who write on such topics to enter the contest. The awards will be presented at an annual awards dinner at the Club this summer.

The contest includes awards for political reporting, regional reporting on Washington, international coverage, consumer reporting and online journalism. It also includes a group of awards for areas as diverse as reporting on the welfare of animals, coverage of the journalism industry, newsletter journalism, problems facing the elderly, and humor writing.