Fred Hartman Excellence in Sportswriting Award

fred hartman

Open to any journalist currently employed with a Texas newspaper under 10,000 in circulation.

Once again, 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: over 10,000 and under 10,000. This year the contest is open to any journalist currently employed with a Texas newspaper under 10,000 in circulation.

Submit digital tear sheets of five of your best sports stories originally published in a Texas newspaper during calendar year 2013. 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, Allison Rentfro, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . 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 TPA's annual newspaper contest awards ceremony at the Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina, following the TPA Summer Newspaper Retreat.