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The WERT Prize

The WERT Prize honors excellence in business journalism by a woman for work that fosters a greater understanding of global business and economics.


The WERT Prize was established in 2018 and is funded by a bequest made by The Women’s Economic Round Table and support from the Muriel F. Siebert Foundation and the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

The recipient of the prize receives $2,000 for work published in English on any platform - print, radio, broadcast or digital. Books, films and individual works not affiliated with a mass media organization are not eligible. 

In 2019, Women's Economic Round Table celebrated its 40th anniversary. It was founded in 1978 by Dr. Amelia Augustus and Maria Rolfe.

How To Enter




  • One to five pieces of business reporting. Materials may be uploaded as PDFs or as links.
  • Transcripts for radio and video entries.
  • A brief cover letter that describes why you are submitting the work and that includes a short biography of the nominee.

Please keep in mind:

  • A single article or a series of articles may be submitted. A series must be designated as such by the news organization when it is published. A regular column may also be submitted as a series.
  • If submitting a series, up to five articles can be included.
  • Self-nominations are accepted.
  • Books, films and individual works not affiliated with a mass media organization are not eligible.
  • All entries must have appeared between January 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.


ENTRY FEE: $50 per nomination. Entry fees are non-refundable.

2021 WERT Prize Winner

Dana Mattioli

Dana Mattioli, a technology reporter for The Wall Street Journal, has won the 2021 WERT Prize for her story, “How Amazon Wins: By Steamrolling Rivals and Partners,” which chronicles how the company uses data and inside information to replicate the products of competitors and then undersell them.

See the full story here.


Amy Singer
Deputy Director, Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Economics and Business Journalism