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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.


NDPC does NOT run a High School Contest

The information above about the High School Contest does not apply to NDPC. Any high school contestants are welcome to enter through the professional contest. 

Enter the Professional Contest

For North Dakota submissions, the following fee structure applies per entry:

Membership Status 1st Entry Fee Additional Entries
Full Member (NFPW+NDPC) - Early Bird $25.00 $5.00 each
Full Member (NFPW+NDPC) - After Early Bird* $50.00* $5.00 each
College Student - Early Bird $10.00 $5.00 each
College Student - After Early Bird $15.00 $5.00 each

* The $50 entry fee includes a one-time, $25 late fee assessed to all professional contest entrants after the January 28, 2020 deadline. 

This contest is open to NFPW members only.
 Non-member or Associate NDPC member submissions will not be accepted. Any entries from non-members submitted despite this rule will be refunded and subsequent entries disqualified.


Deadline Date
Early Bird Deadline January 28, 2020
Final Book Deadline February 4, 2020
Final Deadline February 11, 2020
Affiliate Judging Complete March 3, 2020
National Judging Complete March 31, 2020