The Sacramento Press will be ringing in 2012 with its third annual Journalism Open contest.

For the month of January, The Sacramento Press Journalism Open welcomes both professional and amateur writers to commit acts of journalism for a chance to win $2,000 in cash prizes.

To enter The Sacramento Press Journalism Open 2012, all you have to do is post an article on The Sacramento Press (between 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, 2012 and 11:59 p.m. Jan. 31, 2012), tag it “Open2012” and follow our guidelines.

Submissions must be original, nonfiction articles and they must be about one of the four counties they cover: Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado.

To be eligible for the contest, you must live or work in one of the four counties listed above.

The first place article will be awarded $600, second place $400 and third place $200. Sacramento Press will also award cash prizes for best photos.

Winners will be announced Feb. 13, 2012 on The Sacramento Press.

For the complete details and rules of The Sacramento Press Journalism Open 2012, go to www.sacramentopress.com/site/open2012 or click here for the article you can comment on.