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Thank you for visiting the James Beard Awards entry page. Please use the links in the left column below to submit an entry for the 2020 James Beard Awards. The submission forms will be available beginning October 1, 2019.


2020 Leadership Awards

Deadline: Dec 1, 2019

Leadership Criteria and Categories
2020 Book Awards

Deadline: Dec 1, 2019

Late Entry Deadline: Dec 9, 2019

Book Criteria and Categories
2020 Restaurant and Chef Awards

Deadline: Dec 2, 2019

Restaurant and Chef Criteria and Categories
2020 Broadcast Media Awards

Deadline: Dec 9, 2019

Late Entry Deadline: Dec 16, 2019

Broadcast Media Criteria and Categories
2020 Journalism Awards

Deadline: Dec 16, 2019

Late Entry Deadline: Dec 23, 2019

Journalism Criteria and Categories
2020 Restaurant Design Awards

Deadline: Jan 20, 2020

Late Entry Deadline: Jan 27, 2020

Restaurant Design Criteria and Categories


**For restaurants that open, or work that will be released, after the entry deadline but before the end of 2019, please send us an email at awards@jamesbeard.org to enter.**

All entries submitted during the late entry period will incur an additional fee of $50.

With the aims of increasing access to the Awards, the Foundation will continue to waive the entry fee for the Book, Broadcast, and Restaurant Design awards during the first two weeks of the open call, from October 1 through 14, 2019.


To continue to ensure the Journalism awards attract new voices, the entry fee for first-time submissions will be waived for the entire entry period (October 1, 2019, through December 16, 2019). Individual writers who have never submitted a work and who have never had their work submitted on their behalf by a media company to which they contribute are eligible for this free entry.


For work that will be published or released after the free period closes, (i.e. between October 15, 2019 and December 31, 2019), the Foundation will allow individuals to write in for exception (contact us at awards@jamesbeard.org), which the committees will review on a case by case basis.


There is no fee to give a recommendation for the Restaurant and Chef Awards and Leadership Awards.



To learn about the JBF Awards policies and procedures. For more information, email us.


Save the Date! 


Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - Semifinalist Announcement

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - Nominee Announcement

Friday, April 24, 2020 - Media Awards Dinner, NYC 

Sunday, May 3, 2020 - Leadership Awards Dinner, Chicago

Monday, May 4, 2020 - Awards Gala, Lyric Opera, Chicago



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