Entries are now being accepted for AFJ's 2019 awards contest in food journalism.

This year's contest covers 16 categories. Review our 2019 Call for Entries and Guidelines to see the descriptions, rules and procedures.

The first AFJ Awards Competition took place in 1986. In the last 30 years, hundreds of judges have reviewed thousands of entries with one common goal - to recognize and perpetuate excellence in food journalism. Although the competition has been around for more than 30 years, many entrants this year represent news outlets that weren’t even born in 1986, such as Roads & Kingdoms and Eater, alongside those like The Atlantic (née The Atlantic Monthly, b. 1857) and the Wisconsin State Journal (b. 1839).

In 2018, AFJ received nearly 350 entries from a wide variety of news sources ranging from Alaska Public Radio to Wired, including newspapers, magazines, digital, audio and student food coverage, with pieces from The Auburn Plainsman and Nebraska Mosaic. AFJ nurtures emerging talent through its no-charge policy for student submissions. The number of categories changes each year based on industry trends. This year, the 16 categories include awards for audio food coverage; business coverage; policy coverage; restaurant criticism; newspaper food coverage and newspaper food feature, with winners based on circulation size; magazine coverage; special food projects; and others.


First-, second- and third-place winners were announced on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 at the annual AFJ Annual Awards ceremony at the AFJ National Conference in Phoenix. Here is the complete list of 2018 winners.