The Hostwriter prize

donated by Otto Sprenger Foundation

The prizes

There are two Hostwriter Prize categories. The story prize is for collaborative pieces researched and published by August 15th ‘18. The pitch prize is open to journalists with an excellent idea for a story that would be realised with at least one other colleague.

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Hostwriter Prize! The period for applications has now closed. We will get back to all applicants by early September. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch with


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 August 15, 2018
  • More than one journalist has contributed
  • Used Hostwriter during the research

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
Nathalie Bertrams

“Thanks to Hostwriter, my co-author Lorraine and I have already collaborated on two stories. One on refugee deportations and this entry on transgender rights.”

Nathalie Bertrams Winner Hostwriter prize, 2017

Daniel Bates

“Our project about global displacement was initiated through Hostwriter. All participants from Johannesburg, Lagos, Manila, Nairobi and New York first connected through the platform.”

Daniel Bates Hostwriter pitch prize winner 2017


We look for work that shows how two or more journalists have collaborated together to realise a story that goes deeper than would have been possible solo.
No, we accept entries in all languages. However the application form must be filled out in English, German, French, Spanish, or Portuguese.
Yes. We accept journalistic entries from all media and are also open to new formats. We particularly encourage video or television pieces, as the donor Otto Sprenger was working in television for the German public broadcaster NDR.
No. We are delighted if the applying team found each other over Hostwriter, but it is not a deciding factor. We simply ask how you benefited from the platform in some way during your research, perhaps to ask for advice, find a co-author or accommodation during a research trip.
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.
Yes. If your piece is not online you can send a pdf to us via email to
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.

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