Welcome to the 84th National Headliner Awards

Founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City, the National Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry. The first National Headliner Awards were presented in 1935.  Since then, more than 2,650 Headliner medallions have been presented to outstanding writers, photographers, daily newspapers, magazines, graphic artists, radio and television stations and networks, news syndicates and online outlets.

Membership in the exclusive National Headliner Club is limited to individuals and organizations who have won Headliner medallions and to those men and women who serve as consultants and judges for the annual program. Many journalists have capped long and distinguished careers with a National Headliner Award, and each year the judges have recognized exceptional talent that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Individual awards of $1,500 will be made to Headliner Award winners whose work is selected by the judges for "Grand Award" recognition.

Click here for a PDF that outlines each of the categories.


* Please register to get started, using the links to the top right of the page. If you have used Omni Contests for another contest entry, you may login with that user name, but will need to register for the Headliner Awards.

* Online contest entry is open until 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2018. All entries for all categories MUST be submitted online this year. Entries that are mailed in will not be accepted.


Headliners is open to all material appearing in publications distributed or broadcast in the United States between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017. There is no limit on the number of entries that an organization can submit, however each entry may be entered in only one category.


All Headliner entries are judged in Atlantic City by a panel of journalists representing newspapers, wire services, and radio and television stations from around the country. The judges are distinguished professionals who are selected on the basis of the journalistic contributions they have made during their careers.


There is a registration fee of $75 per entry. Entries submitted online may be paid via PayPal/credit card. Our tax-exempt IRS number is 22-213-8237 (Press Club of Atlantic City). Should you elect to submit a paper check, please make checks payable to National Headliner Awards and mail it to OUR NEW ADDRESS: P.O. Box 128, Somers Point, NJ 08244.