Asia Society is currently seeking applications for the Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia. The $10,000 prize is awarded annually to a writer or team of writers who has produced the best example of journalism about Asia during the calendar year. Evaluation criteria include impact of the work, its originality, creativity, depth of research and educational value in informing the public about Asia.


  • A submission can consist of a single written story, or a series of stories around a specific theme.
  • For the purposes of the award, “Asia” is defined as the area from Japan to Iran, and from Central Asia to New Zealand, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. It does not include the Arab Middle East.
  • Journalistic work must have been published in English, during the 2019 calendar year.
  • All nominations or direct applications are limited to one per writer or team.
  • Submissions are only accepted electronically, through this website. Instructions follow below.

Entry requirements

  • Name of journalist(s) being nominated with complete contact information.
  • Brief statement indicating why the application should be considered and journalistic work to be considered as one PDF file, including full text along with any relevant images or screen captures.
  • Name and contact information of the nominee’s editor.
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