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Trace Prize For Investigative Reporting Essay Contest

Trace Prize For Investigative Reporting Essay Contest

TRACE International is seeking entries for its inaugural TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting (2016). The prize recognizes reporting that focuses on uncovering commercial bribery with the goal of advancing commercial transparency. The investigative reporting may cover actual violations of law as well as activities that create significant conflicts of interest and related misconduct. Recognizing that corruption and bribery are primary obstacles to economic development, TRACE, with this prize, seeks to honor the journalists who have brought these issues to light.


Any published work on investigative journalism


TRACE International


Two winning entries will each be awarded a cash prize of $10,000. If there is more than one author per winning entry, the $10,000 will be divided accordingly. The judges may also award one honorable mention.

Every author for each winning entry will also win a funded trip to Cambridge University to receive their award at a conference hosted by TRACE International on July 20-21, 2016.


January 29, 2016


  • Nominees can be print reporters, citizen journalists or bloggers from any country.
  • Articles eligible for submission must appear in print or online during the 2015 calendar year. If the entry is a series, at least half of the stories must be published during the 2015 calendar year.
  • Individuals may submit their own work or entries may be submitted by the publication in which the work appeared.
  • Entries may also be submitted by third parties with the permission of the author/s.
  • The decision of the judges is final and not subject to review by TRACE International staff, board or corporate members.
  • To be considered for this award, a copy of the published work and a completed entry form must be received by TRACE no later than January 29, 2016.
  • Article/s must be in English or accompanied by a translation. If the work is published on a web-based news organization, it must be original reporting.
  • Download the entry form and submit your essay here


For general inquiries and to submit a completed entry, please write to Caitlin Seymour at For more information, view the press release announcement here.


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