Each year, the National Press Foundation presents the Thomas L. Stokes Award to a journalist for the best writing on the subject of energy. The Stokes Award was established in the spring of 1959 by friends and admirers of the late Thomas L. Stokes, the syndicated Washington columnist on national affairs. It was to be given annually for the best writing "in the independent spirit of Tom Stokes" on subjects of interest to him including energy and natural resources. The winner of the Award receives $1,000 and a citation. The subject may be any form of energy—oil, gas, coal, nuclear, water, solar, etc. The writing may be reporting, analysis or commentary and can consist of one to three articles on unrelated subjects, or one series of articles on a related subject.
Applications for the 2012 award were due February 15, 2013. We will announce a winner shortly. We will provide an application for the 2013 award in late 2013.
The work must have been published in a newspaper (newsletter or online) in the U.S. between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year. A short biography and letter of support should be saved as either a Word, text or PDF document before beginning the online application form. No JPGs. You may not save and return to the application later. If these items are not uploaded to the online application, it will be considered ineligible for review.
This award is not presented at our Annual Awards Dinner.
Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and Kimberly Leonard2011
John Lippert, Kambiz Foroohar, Anthony Effinger and Katherine Burton2010
The Post and Courier2008
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel2007