Entries open for 2023 SJA British Sports Journalism Awards

Over 30 categories across written, broadcast and photography; deadline for entries is 17 January 2024, with awards night in London on 25 March; Cricket and Rugby Journalist awards return, and new Women’s Sport category introduced; assisted-entry scheme launched for journalists from under-represented groups…

Saturdays on 5 Live Sport (Audio Show) was among the winners at the 2022 SJA Journalism Awards

Entries are now open for the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards 2023.

The SJA British Sports Journalism Awards celebrate excellence among the country’s sports writers, photographers, broadcasters and editors, whether staff or freelance, working for nationals, regionals, daily or weekly newspapers, as well as specialist sports magazines, news agencies and digital platforms.

There are more than 30 categories to enter across sports writing, broadcasting and photography. The deadline for entries, which must be submitted through our dedicated Awards website, is midnight on Wednesday 17 January 2024.

We are pleased to announce the Awards once again will culminate in a gala ceremony taking place at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge on Monday 25 March 2024. Tickets and tables will be available to purchase before the end of the year.

We are pleased to have Canon sponsor our Photography Awards again.

There are a few changes to the 2023 Awards…


  • Sports Content Organisation: Introduced last year, this category is now open to organisations from all mediums that have helped to shape the sporting agenda in 2023
  • Social Media Journalist: This category is now open to individuals and/or organisations from all mediums
  • Cricket Journalist, Rugby Journalist: These categories are returning to the Awards, recognising events in the last 12 months such as both Ashes series, the Women’s T20 World Cup, the Men’s Cricket World Cup, and the men’s Rugby World Cup
  • Specialist Correspondent: In light of the above, this category again excludes specialists in cricket and rugby, as well as football
  • Women’s Sport Journalist: New for 2023, this category is open to journalists specialising in women’s sport. Entries can be from written or broadcast media, or a combination of both
  • Audio Live Event Coverage, Television Live Event Coverage: Respectively, these categories are exclusively for live broadcast radio or streamed audio, and exclusively for live broadcast television or digitally broadcast coverage
  • Scoop: Again judged by an expert panel, entries for this category can now be submitted for free and are welcomed from written and/or broadcast media. Non-entered scoops may also be considered by the judging panel if necessary


  • The SJA recognises the historical under-representation on the British Sports Journalism Awards shortlists of women journalists; Black journalists; journalists from diverse ethnic communities; and journalists with disabilities. In an effort to address this, entry fees will be waived for journalists from these under-represented groups who do not have an employer willing to underwrite their application

Visit the dedicated Awards website for detailed category descriptions, rules, and information on how to enter.

Become a member to get the discount! Members’ fees are £20 per category, non-members £50, and annual membership is £30.

NEW! Read a winner’s story – Summaya Mughal, who took home the Podcast category trophy in March 2023, joins us for a special SJA Q&A to reflect on her success, and the impact it’s had on her career.

Summaya also explains why it makes even more sense to submit an entry this year…

We’ve also been chatting with Telegraph writer and podcaster Molly McElwee, who’s been shortlisted in each of the last three editions of the SJA British Sports Journalism Awards.

Check out the Q&A with Molly as she tells us about her experience and why she welcomes the new assisted-entry scheme and Women’s Sport Journalist category…

And in photography, we also caught up with Catherine Ivill after her history-making win in the Football Portfolio category at last year’s British Sports Journalism Awards.

Catherine discusses the representation of women in her part of the industry, the changing culture, and how entering the Awards can present opportunities…

For a reminder of the winners and nominees last time out, click here and watch the video below…

The SJA is interested in your sports media industry news and views. Keen to reach an engaged audience, including over 70,000 followers across social media? We welcome your enquiries – contact us here. We also offer advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

For information on how to apply as a Full or Associate Member of the SJA, plus details of our free-to-enter SJA Academy, click here.