The Pulitzer Prize board is encouraging smaller publications to submit entries in the editorial writing category.
Paul Tash, chair of the Pulitzer board and CEO of Poynter's Tampa Bay Times, writes in a letter: "Contrary to common perception, a competitive entry need not be an editorial campaign that focuses on a particular issue and shows results, such as the passage of a law or the jailing of a corrupt official." Pulitzer-winning editorials, he said, "influence and advance public debate" and "get people to see things differently."
Sig Gissler, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, said via email that "over the last decade or so, participation by smaller news organizations has declined."
The Tampa Bay Times' Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth won the 2013 Pulitzer for editorial writing.
Here's Tash's full letter, which was posted on Pulitzer.org and sent to the American Society of News Editors, the Association of Opinion Journalists and other potential entrants. (more...)