In 2019, the contest will be open to any journalist currently employed with a Texas newspaper of less than 10,000 in circulation.
Hartman Newspapers L.P. is giving one talented sportswriter a chance to claim $1,000 and the title of best sportswriter in Texas. The family-owned newspaper group is sponsoring the Fred Hartman Excellence in Sportswriting Award, named in honor of the late Texas sportswriter and newspaper owner.
Fred Hartman began his newspaper career as a sportswriter and eventually became editor and publisher of The Baytown Sun, working for Carmage Walls and Southern Newspapers.
He became a newspaper owner later in his career, but he never lost his passion for sportswriting.
Each year the contest alternates between two fixed circulation breaks: more than 10,000 and less than 10,000.
How to Enter
Submit digital tear sheets of five of your best sports stories originally published in a Texas newspaper during calendar years 2017 and 2018 with a coversheet stating the name of the writer and the newspaper that employs him or her. Sports photos will not be considered. The winner will be chosen based on quality of writing.
All entries must be emailed or transferred (via a file sharing service like Dropbox or Google Docs) to TPA's contest coordinator, Candace Velvin, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Multiple sportswriters from the same paper may enter, but all contest entries must be submitted by an editor or publisher.
The winner will be announced at the 2019 TPA Midwinter Conference and Trade Show Jan. 24-26 at the Embassy Suite by Hilton Denton Convention Center.