Entry dates 

Entries close at midnight on Wednesday 20th October 2021.

Who can apply?

The awards are open to any permanent or freelance staff working in BBC News and Current Affairs (Network News and World Service Group), and those in corporate support functions (Marketing & Audiences, Finance, Strategy, Communications, D&E, Legal etc).


Entries are now open and close at midnight on Wednesday 20 October 2021. You can enter any piece of content published or work delivered since last year’s ceremony on 17th November 2020.

Entries that are incomplete or exceed the stated 500 word limit will not be accepted. Please ensure you complete all sections of the form. Please read the criteria carefully and only submit your entry into the most appropriate category or categories. You may only enter the same content into a maximum of two categories. You may enter each category as many times as you like, as long as each entry is different. If your submission is not in English, please attach the translation. Entries will be judged by a diverse panel from across the BBC

Once submitted, you will receive an email confirming your entry has been received together with a PDF summary of your entry. If you enter more than one award, or more than one piece of content per category, it will be shown in the PDF summary.

Entries are welcome where content has been broadcast on any BBC or partner platform or outlet.

Entries cannot be made without the permission of the journalists involved. BBC News Awards 2021 retains the rights to disqualify entries which do not meet entry criteria.

Uploading content

For entries with broadcast content, you will be asked to upload an MP3 audio or MP4 video file after submitting your entry form, or a link to your published work. Your upload should be no more than 500Mb. This should be a clip from the programme of no longer than 15 minutes. If your entry is longer than 15 minutes, please use the text box to clarify which 15 minute section judges should listen to, otherwise, they will default to the first 15 minutes.

Text articles should be 500 words or longer.


Our judges are a mix of experts from across BBC News and Current Affairs, as well as some external industry professionals.

Judges will only vote in categories with which they have no personal affiliation or vested interest.

The Unsung Hero award is judged by staff. Anyone eligible to enter the BBC News Awards will be invited to vote on the shortlisted finalists between 25th October and 8th November. The Gold Award will be judged by the News Group Board.


Need help with your application? Please contact News.Awards@bbc.co.uk.