Deadline: December 6, 2021

Applications are invited for the AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism 2021. The AACR June L. Biedler Prize for Cancer Journalism was established by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in 2015 to raise awareness of the critical role that the media play in educating the public about cancer and cancer research.

The Prize for Cancer Journalism has been established to showcase outstanding examples of cancer journalism, and to recognize individual professional journalists who have produced accurate, informative, and compelling stories.

The AACR Biedler Prize is funded by a major bequest to the AACR from Dr. June L. Biedler, a scientist, mentor, and pioneer in cancer research, and former member of the board of directors of the AACR. In honor of Dr. Biedler’s exceptional efforts to further science and health care communications, the prize will honor and reward outstanding journalistic coverage that enhances the public’s understanding of cancer, cancer research, or cancer policy.


  • The prize will provide an unrestricted cash award of $5,000, and a commemorative award.


  • Open to print, broadcast, and online professional journalists whose stories appear in newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and auditory journalism platforms that target lay public audiences.
  • Stories must have been published or broadcast for the first time between January 1, 2020, and November 30, 2021.
  • The submission must enhance the public’s understanding of cancer, cancer research, or policy. 
  • The submission must be in English, or accurately translated into English.
  • More than one individual may share the prize as co-creators, with a maximum of two representatives invited to attend the AACR Annual Meeting to accept the prize if the prize is shared.
  • Institutions or organizations are not eligible for the prize.


Submissions will be judged and recipients selected based on the following categories:

Print and Online

  • Large newspaper (circulation >100,000)
  • Magazine
  • Online/multimedia
  • Small newspaper (circulation <100,000)


  • Auditory Journalism (Radio and Podcasts)
  • Television
  • Each submission may only be considered for one category as selected by the candidate in his or her application form.


Nominations may be submitted by an individual, whether an AACR member or non-member. Applicants must maintain strict confidentiality of their submissions; all nominations must be submitted using AACR’s electronic award nomination platform. Paper nominations will not be accepted.

Nomination should include:

  • Applicant background information and indication of prize category.
  • Submission letter written in English (Max: 1,000 words), which comprehensively describes the submitted body of work and the impact of the submission on enhancing the public’s understanding of cancer, cancer research, or cancer policy.
  • A brief citation (Max: 50 words) highlighting the major contributions made by the applicant and the submitted body of work to improving the public’s understanding of cancer, cancer research, or cancer policy.
  • Applicant biography, résumé, or curriculum vitae.
  • An electronic version (mp4, pdf, etc.) of the submitted body of work.

Click here to nominate

For more information, visit AACR.

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