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Welcome to the NFPW National Communications Contest!


 

The Professional Contest

The NFPW National Communications contest is a two-tiered competition offering categories across the communication spectrum. This contest is open to anyone regardless of age, gender, professional status or location.

The first tier of the contest is run at the state level. Each state holds its own contest to determine the best entries in their state. Entrants who do not live in a state where a competition is being held can enter the At-Large contest. 

The second tier is a national competition. First-place winners from the state-level contest and the at-large contests are then moved to the national level of judging. To be eligible to compete at the national level, the entrant must be a member in good standing with the National Federation of Press Women. Entrants can join NFPW once they learn of their winning status, a discount membership rate is available for high school and college students.

Some states offer a discounted entry rate to students. Check the find your competition page to see what your state offers.

All entries into the professional contest must have been published or produced in 2019.

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

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, 2019 – January  31, 2020. 

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

 

Enter the Professional Contest Enter the High School Contest

The NFPW At-Large professional contest is open to both members and non-members. The contest is open to those living in a state where an affiliate contest is not offered. Entry fees are discounted for members. If an entry wins first place in the at-large competition, the entrant must join NFPW (and your affiliate if applicable) by March 15, 2020, to be eligible for the entry to advance to the national competition.

Students participating in the at-large high school contest do not need to join the National Federation of Press Women. Any student can enter the contest if the state where the student lives does not offer a contest. The first place winners in all 23 high school contest categories will advance to the national competition. First place winning entries in the national contest will win $100.

As you begin submitting entries, please carefully review the category requirements to make sure the entry is complete before submitting.

If you have any questions or issues with the categories and process, please email Teri Ehresman, contest director, islandpark723@gmail.com. Issues with submitting the entries should be directed to Michele Cook, contest manager, michele@nfpw.org

 

For At-Large professional contest submissions, the following fee structure applies per entry:

Membership Status 1st Entry Fee 2nd Entry
Member $30.00 $30.00
Non-Member $40.00  $40.00
Student $15.00 $15.00

* A one-time, $25 late entry fee is assessed to all professional contest entrants after the January 28, 2020 deadline. 

For At-Large high school contest submissions, the following fee structure applies per entry:

Membership Status 1st Entry Fee 2nd Entry
Student $5.00 $5.00


Deadline Dates:

Deadline Date
Early Bird Deadline - Professional Contest Only January 28, 2020
Final Book Deadline - Proffessional Contest Only February 4, 2020
Final Deadline - BOTH HIGHSCHOOL AND PROFESSIONAL CONTESTS February 11, 2020
Affiliate Judging Complete March 3, 2020
Winners must be members by March 15, 2020
National Judging Complete March 31, 2020