The hostwriter prize

The hostwriter prize is awarded annually to collaborative journalism pieces as well as promising story pitches.

The prizes

There are two hostwriter prize categories. The story prize is for collaborative pieces researched and published by July 31st ‘17. The pitch prize is open to journalists with an excellent idea for a story that would be realised with at least one other colleague.

Applications closed 31 July 2017


story prize

The hostwriter story prize awards exemplary works of journalistic collaboration. It's open to teams of two or more journalists who have worked on a story together and have used hostwriter in some way during the research.

  • Published by July 31st 2017
  • More than one journalist has contributed
  • Used hostwriter during the research
  • 2.000 €/1st 1.000 €/2nd

pitch prize

The hostwriter pitch prize is awarded to a team of journalists with an excellent story idea yet to be realised with the help of hostwriter. We strongly encourage journalism students and recent graduates to apply.

  • Collaborative story aimed for publication
  • More than one journalist will contribute
  • Plans to use hostwriter during research
  • 1.000 €/2x
Hanne Coudere

“While being more than ten thousand kilometres apart and thanks to Hostwriter, we were able to reveal a practice that affects many people and feeds on solitude in a virtual world."

@Marine_leduc Winner pitch prize, 2016

Hanne Coudere

"Our report about refugees from Bangladesh who regretted coming to Europe came out much better through our collaboration than any single-handed production could have.”

@Ahm Abdul Hai Winner hostwriter prize, 2016


The prize money is donated by the Otto Sprenger Stiftung. The foundation honours the work of journalist Otto Sprenger through supporting collaboration in journalism and social engagement. Find out more here.
That depends. If you can show that the piece will be published in the near future - for example with the written confirmation of an editor - you may still apply.
No, we accept entries in all languages. However the application form must be filled out in English, German, French, Spanish, or Portuguese.
No. We accept journalistic entries from all media and are also open to new formats.
No, whilst we are delighted if the applying team found each other over hostwriter, it is not a deciding factor. We only ask that you have used the platform in some way during your research, perhaps to ask for advice or to find accommodation during a research trip.
We want to see work that shows how two or more journalists have worked together to realise a story that goes deeper than would have been possible solo.
Yes. If your piece is not online you can send a pdf to us via email to prize@hostwriter.org

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