National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest

Rules and Fees

 

This document contains the rules, fees and requirements for the 2019 NFPW communications contest.  To go directly to a section of this document, click the linked section below.

Eligibility
Membership Requirements
Categories
Deadlines
Judging
Awards
Fees
S
tate Affiliate Contest Directors

 

Eligibility

The NFPW Communications contest is open to anyone over the age of 18 regardless of sex, professional status or location. College students do not have to be 18 to enter any of the categories in the Collegiate Division.

All work must have been published or broadcast between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2018, to be eligible for entry. 

Membership Requirements

Entrants in most state-level contests are not required to be members of the state affiliate or NFPW, with the exception of entrants from Missouri, Nebraska and North Dakota. People residing in those three states must be members of their state affiliates to enter the contest.  For more information about joining your state affiliate please vist our website. 

Entrants from states with contests open to non-members, must join NFPW once they learn that their entry is eligible to advance to the national competition.First-place winners advancing to the National contest must be members in good standing of NFPW by February 19, 2019.

Categories

NFPW offers a wide range of communication categories:

  • Writing (Categories 1-17)
  • Editing (Categories 18-20)
  • Photography (Categories 21-23)
  • Graphics and Design (Categories 24-26)
  • Radio and Television (Categories 27-32)
  • Web and Social Media (Categories 33-41)
  • Advertising (Categories 42-45)
  • Communications Programs and Campaigns (Categories 46-50)
  • Public Relations Materials (Categories 51-53)
  • Information for the Media (Categories 54-56)
  • Speeches (Category 57)
  • Collegiate/Education (Categories 58-61)

For a complete list of categories and entry guidelines CLICK HERE.

Each category and subcategory has specific guidelines and requirements.  If you have any questions about the guidelines or the category in which your entry should be submitted, please Contact Us.

Deadlines

Late Fee Deadline, Jan. 9, 2019 (midnight in your time zone)

A one-time $25 late fee will be assessed to all entrants after this date. 

Book final deadline, Jan. 15, 2019 (midnight in your time zone)

Due to the extended time it takes to judge book categories, all book entries must be entered by this date. 

Final regular deadline, Jan. 22, 2019 (midnight in your time zone)

All remaining entries must be entered by this date.

 

Judging

All NFPW judges, both at the state and national level, are experts in their fields. They are to judge each entry in accordance with the judging criteria outlined in the contest categories and guidelines.

Each entry will receive constructive comments from the judges. After all entries have been evaluated, the judge will assign first, second, and third place winners, along with any honorable mentions he/she sees fit to award.

A judge can decide no entry in a given category merits a first-place award and may assign the other places accordingly.

The decisions of the judges are final.

Awards

Entries receiving first place in their respective states or in the at-large contest are eligible to advance to the National competition, providing the entrant is an NFPW member in good standing.

If there are co-entrants on a first-place entry advancing to the National contest, each co-entrant must be an NFPW member in good standing to be included on award certificates or celebrated at the National Awards dinner held at our National Communications Conference Award Banquet in Baton Rouge, LA, on June 29, 2019. If the co-entrants are not NFPW members, the entries can still advance to National-level judging if the entrant is an NFPW member in good standing and was the primary lead on the project. 

National award winners will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the NFPW National Communications Conference Awards banquet. Award certificates will be mailed to award winners who are unable to attend.  Winners also are eligible to be featured in our Winners Showcase, both online through social media and at the National awards banquet. 

Entrants who have placed in multiple categories in the National contest are automatically entered into the National Sweepstakes contest.  Each winning entry will receive a weighted point score determined by the number of entries in the category of placing.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the entrants with the three highest point totals.

 

Fees

See the chart below for the fees for entry into the state-affiliate contests.

2018 Communications Contest Fees

State

 Member
 1st Entry

 Member
 2nd Entry

 Nonmember
 1st Entry

 Nonmember
 2nd Entry

Alabama

$28.00

$23.00

$33.00

$28.00

Alaska

$25.00

$15.00

$30.00

$25.00

Arkansas

$15.00

$10.00

$30.00

$20.00

At-Large

$30.00

$30.00

$40.00

$40.00

California

$25.00

$15.00

$25.00

$15.00

Connecticut

$25.00

$15.00

$30.00

$20.00

Delaware

$30.00

$15.00

$35.00

$20.00

Idaho

$25.00

$25.00

$30.00

$30.00

Illinois

$20.00

$15.00

$25.00

$20.00

Indiana

$20.00

$15.00

$25.00

$20.00

Iowa

$10.00

$5.00

$15.00

$10.00

Kansas

$25.00

$20.00

$30.00

$25.00

Missouri

$25.00

$15.00

n/a

n/a

Nebraska

$15.00

$7.00

n/a

n/a

New Mexico

$15.00

$10.00

$20.00

$15.00

North Dakota

$25.00

$5.00

n/a

n/a

Ohio

$25.00

$15.00

$30.00

$20.00

Pennsylvania

$15.00

$10.00

$20.00

$15.00

South Carolina

$28.00

$23.00

$38.00

$33.00

 

       

Texas

$12.00

$12.00

$15.00

$15.00

Virginia

$28.00

$18.00

$30.00

$28.00

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State Affiliate Contest Directors

 

State

Director

Email Address

Alabama

Meredith Cummings

meredithcummings@gmail.com

Alaska

Diane Walters

dwalters@gci.net

Arkansas

Helen Plotkin

haplotkin@outlook.com

At-Large

Teri Ehresman

islandpark723@gmail.com

California

Betty Packard

bettypackard@comcast.net

Connecticut

 

 

Delaware

Katherine Ward

delawarepress@aol.com

Idaho

Teri Ehresman

islandpark723@gmail.com

Illinois

Ana Mendez

mendez.school@gmail.com

Indiana

Gena Asher

genaasher@gmail.com

Iowa

Marsha Hoffman

marshatres@gmail.com

Kansas

Gwen Larson

gazettegl@yahoo.com

Missouri

Janice Denham

denham3@sbcglobal.net

Nebraska

Terri Hahn

terri.hahn@theindependent.com

New Mexico

Carolyn Carlson

contest@newmexicopresswomen.org

 

North Dakota

Tammy Fogle
tammy.fogle@ndscs.edu

Ohio

Sandi Latimer

sandlot17@juno.com

Pennsylvania

Kay Stephens

kstephens@altoonamirror.com

South Carolina

Karen Rhodes

krhodes@sherman.edu

 

   

Texas

Kay Casey

ckaycasey@att.net

Virginia

Julie Campbell

JCampbell@wlu.edu