Have you written a great piece of magazine journalism this year? If your publisher isn’t planning to enter it for a National Magazine Award, you should consider entering it yourself… and once again you’ll get a discount on your entry fees.

Entries for the 41st annual National Magazine Awards opened this week and the Freelancer Support Fund is available for the second year in a row. The National Media Awards Foundation implemented the fund last year to help freelancers with the cost of submission. The fund allows freelancers to submit their first two entries for $50 each — a 50 percent discount on the regular rate. The regular $100 rate will apply to any further submission entered after the first two.

The discounted rate applies to all entries for the National Magazine Award’s 18 writing and visual award categories. The creator of each winning entry will receive a $1000 cash prize.

Remember, fees paid for award submissions are a freelance business expense and are therefore tax deductible. The submission deadline for the National Magazine Awards is January 22, 2018. For more information, check out the National Magazine Awards website.

Submissions also opened this month for the National Media Awards Foundation’s 3rd annual Digital Publishing Awards. This year there are 24 categories, including three new awards for individual creators — best fiction, best science and technology story, and best photo storytelling. Gold medal winners in all individual categories will receive a $500 cash prize.

The Freelancer Support Fund is also available for Digital Publishing Awards entries. The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2018. More information about the awards can be found on the Digital Publishing Awards website.

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