Established by the Motor Press Guild in 1995, the Dean Batchelor Award recognizes excellence in automotive journalism as exemplified by the man after whom it is named — Dean Batchelor. It is the goal of the Motor Press
Guild, through its awards program, to inspire automotive journalists, both present and future, to produce work of the highest professional caliber and to acknowledge those who exemplify the exceptional standards of the world-renowned auto journalist.
The Dean Batchelor Award singles out individuals demonstrating outstanding achievement in the profession of automotive journalism. Each year MPG presents the award to the journalist judged to have produced the single piece of work that best represents the professional standards and excellence demanded by Dean Batchelor during his life as an editor, writer, and chronicler of the automotive industry.
The first Dean Batchelor Award was presented posthumously to Batchelor in 1995 for his seminal book on hot rodding, The American Hot Rod, which was published after his death in 1994.
The Dean Batchelor Award for Excellence in Automotive Journalism
The MPG Best of 2021 Dean Batchelor award will be selected from the winners of each of the categories. Selection will be made by members of the judging committee and board of directors who are not category winners.
Members and non-members of the Motor Press Guild are eligible to submit work for consideration. Works that have been published, posted on commercial sites on the Internet or broadcast over the air in the United States of America during 2021 until the deadline date of October 15, 2021, are eligible. English language submissions only.
Submissions from publishers on behalf of authors and creators will be accepted, subject to the same terms, rules and fees as for submission by those authors and creators. Any awards or prizes resulting from such submissions will be granted to the author/creator, not to the publisher.
Submissions must be received with completed submission forms and fees paid in full from July 1, 2021,until October 15, 2021. No exceptions late submissions will be considered.
Submission Fees: $25 per submission
Submission Limits: No limit on the number of submissions. Both MPG members and non-members are welcome to submit as many works in as many categories as they wish. Each work is subject to a separate submission fee, and must be accompanied by a separate,fully completed entry form.
How to submit entries:
Complete the electronic form and follow instructions below, depending on category.
• Articles: Submissions must be made in a word Doc or PDF format via electronic submission. Submissions also must contain a link to the published site or proof of publication.
• Books: Submissions shall be made in a PDF (publisher) format. Entrants may also submit copies of the book and, if publishers or authors wish to receive their books back at the conclusion of judging, they must include self-addressed mailers with sufficient postage for their return. (Any books received without mailers or postage will become the property of the Motor Press Guild).
• Audio/Visual: Submissions shall be via a downloadable link in the same place where was originally shown/broadcast.
• Photos: Photos to be sent as JPEG or PDF with a copy or link were was originally published.