ICFJ accepting entries for storytelling award [Africa]

Posted on Nov 22, 2023 in Investigative Journalism

English-speaking journalists working for print, broadcast and online news media based in Africa can enter this contest.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in collaboration with the Elliott family and ONE, is accepting entries for the 2024 Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. The award honors up-and-coming journalists in Africa who strive to strengthen people's voices and illuminate the transformational change taking place on the continent. The contest is named after distinguished editor, former ONE CEO and longtime ICFJ board member Michael Elliott.

Winners will receive a US$5,000 cash prize and a personalized award certificate. The winners will spend two weeks at The Economist headquarters in London. 


  • Applicants must have no more than 10 years of journalism experience.
  • Applicants must submit one published story that exemplifies Africa through thoughtful reporting and excellent storytelling.
  • The submission can be  web, audio, video, visual or mixed media. The submitted story must have been published between Dec. 1, 2022 and Dec. 1, 2023.
  • The published story or broadcast must be submitted in English. Works in other languages must include English translations.

The deadline is Jan. 31, 2024.