The fee per entry is $45 (USD) for AFJ members who have paid their 2018 dues prior to entering. The fee per entry for non-AFJ members is $55 (USD). Other journalists can enter at the AFJ member rate of $45 (USD) per entry IF a food journalist at the publication where they are employed is a member of AFJ.
AFJ members submitting multiple entries pay $45 (USD) for their first three entries; a fourth entry can be submitted free of charge. This is the case whether the individual or his or her publication pays the entry fees.
Entry fee(s) must accompany the entry. Entry fees are non-refundable except when a category is eliminated by AFJ. If an entry is disqualified for not following the rules, written notice will be given, but the entry fee will not be returned.
The entry fees are calculated per submission, not per person.
Students entering Best Writing on Food – Student Division do not pay an entry fee.
Entry fees may be paid:
(1) online for a single entry, with a credit card or PayPal, at the time the online entry form is completed; if at all possible, we strongly encourage the use of PayPal. Signing up for a PayPal account is not required to make a purchase, so please use this option to help our small nonprofit avoid costly fees.
(2) online, for a group of entries, with a credit card or PayPal; choose the first option on the payment page of the online entry form and then click "continue" to submit the entry, listing in your email all of the entries it covers;
(3) attaching a check drawn on a U.S. bank and payable to AFJ to the entry form and mailing it to AFJ in the same packet as your contest entries.
Should an accounting department request this information, AFJ is a tax-exempt non-profit 501 (c) (6) corporation, tax identification number 23-7324877.