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NFPW Professional Contest

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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 2024 contest opens Oct. 1, 2023. 

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 discounted 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 2023.

For a complete list of rules please visit our website


Deadline Dates:

(Deadline is noon in entrant's time zone)



Early Bird Deadline

January 17, 2024

Final Book Deadline 

January 31, 2024

Final Deadline

February 7, 2024

Affiliate Judging Complete

March 8, 2024

Professional Contest winners must be members by

March 15, 2024

National Judging Complete

April 10, 2024