Goff Penny Awards

Goff Penny Prize for Young Journalists – Now Accepting Entries!

Now in its 25th year, this prestigious competition is open to young journalists between the ages of 20 to 25 working for CNA-member daily newspapers.

If you have a talented young journalist working at your Newspaper, please encourage them to enter the competition by submitting four pieces of their best published work from 2015.

The awards program is administered annually by Newspapers Canada and provides cash prizes of $1,500 to winners in two circulation categories: Over 25,000 and 25,000 and under.

Entries are being accepted now until Friday, February 12, 2016.

Contest Information:

Rules of Entry and Judging Criteria
Entry Form
Previous Winners

For more information about the Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Journalists please contact Taylor Kormann at awards@newspaperscanada.ca


About the Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Journalists

The Edward Goff Penny Memorial Prizes for Young Canadian Journalists were established in 1991 at the bequest of the estate of the late Arthur G. Penny, grandson of Edward Goff Penny. The first awards were presented in 1992.

Arthur G. Penny, a former newspaper editor in the early 1920s with the old Quebec Chronicle and later a Quebec civil servant, died in 1963. In his last will and testament, he left provisions that, upon the death of his wife and son, two prizes for young journalists should be established in memory of his grandfather, Edward Goff Penny.

The Hon. Edward Goff Penny rose from the position of reporter at the Montreal Herald in the late 1800s to editor and publisher. He was the first president of the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa and in 1874 became the first newspaper reporter to be appointed to the Senate.

In keeping with the terms of the bequest, the annual awards offer cash prizes to two individuals working or writing for daily newspapers in two circulation classes: under 25,000 and 25,000 and over. Prize money is $1,500 for each category. Competitors are required to submit four (4) editorial articles published during the 2014 calendar year. Entrants must be between the ages of 20 and 25 at the time of publication in order to be eligible for consideration.