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Welcome to the 2021 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest!


Enter the Professional Contest Enter the High School Contest

About the APW Professional Contest

Arkansas Press Women’s communications contest is open to both members and non-members. Entry fees are discounted for members. Entry fees and deadlines are detailed below. 

Because the NFPW competition is open only to members, all first-place winners in the Arkansas competition will be notified and given an opportunity to join NFPW or pay their 2021 dues before the March 15 deadline.

First-place winners will be asked to reimburse APW for the $20-per-entry national entry fee. APW has chosen to ask for reimbursement rather than increasing all our entry fees to cover this cost. 

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Helen Plotkin, Arkansas Contest Director, at haplotkin@outlook.com.

For Arkansas submissions, the following fee structure applies per entry:

Membership Status 1st Entry Fee Each Additional Entry
Member $20.00 $15.00
Non-Member $30.00 $20.00

The High School Contest

The NFPW high school contest is a three-tiered contest offering 23 different categories for entry. The first level is the state level contest where states determine the best entries in each category for their state (click here to find your competition). Students who live in a state without a contest should enter the At-large contest.

The second tier is the national competition. First-place winners at the state level move on to compete in the national level contest.

The third tier is the “Best of the Best” where all first-place winners at the national level are judged against each other to determine the Best of the Best winner.

Entrants into the high school contest must be a current high school student or a recently graduated senior who completed the work during the eligible time frame. 

Entries in the high school contest must have been published or produced from February 1, 2020 – January  31, 2021.  The deadline for entering the contest is February 10, 2021.  If you have any questions, please contact Maryanne Meyerriecks, High School Contest Chair, at churchladymm@yahoo.com.

For a complete list of rules and prizes please visit our website.

For the high school competition, the following fee structure applies per entry:

Membership Status 1st Entry Fee 2nd Entry+
Student $4.00 $4.00

* A one-time, $25 late entry fee is assessed to all professional contest entrants after the January 27, 2021 deadline. 

The deadline for high school entrants is February 10, 2021 and the fee is $4 per entry for the entire contest period.


Deadline Dates:

Deadline Date
Early Bird Deadline January 27, 2021
Final Book Deadline February 3, 2021
Final Deadline February 10, 2021
Affiliate Judging Complete March 3, 2021
Winners must be members by March 15, 2021
National Judging Complete March 31, 2021