NFPW contests now open

Editor’s note: From a NFPW press release.

The annual National Federation of Press Women’s communications contest has officially opened. The contest is open to writers, authors, copy editors, public affairs professionals, photographers, publishers or others in the communications field.

Entries must be published in 2019 and entries are open to writers of all ages.

The early deadline to submit entries – and avoid a one-time additional fee of $25 – is Jan. 28, 2020. The final deadline for books is Feb. 4 and the final deadline for all other entries is Feb. 11.

The contest is sponsored by NFPW affiliates and people living in states without an affiliate hosting a contest are eligible to enter the NFPW at-large contest.

First place winning entries in the affiliate and at-large contests are eligible to advance to the national competition. To enter the national contest, the entrants must be NFPW members, or must join by March 15, 2020.

National winners will be announced in April and honored June 20, 2020 at an awards dinner in Little Rock, Arkansas. ENTER NOW!

In addition, the High School Communications Contest sponsored by the NFPW Education Fund is also accepting entries for the 2020 contest.

The contest is open to middle and high school students throughout the United States. Affiliates in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Texas are hosting state contests.

Students in other states are welcome to enter the high school at-large contest.

For the high school contest, the entries must have been published between Feb. 1, 2019 and Jan. 31, 2020.

The deadline for all student entries is Feb. 11, 2020. First place entries in the affiliate and at-large contest automatically advance to the national level of competition. A third round of judging will take place for the first place winners in the national competition and three judges will select a “best of the best” winner from all the winning entries. All the national winners will be honored at a luncheon on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas as well as receive a check for $100 per winning entry. ENTER NOW!

Questions relating to contest entries and categories should be directed to Teri Ehresman, contest director at

Questions relating to issues submitting the entries and issues with the online contest should be directed to Michele Cook, contest manager at

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