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RULES for the 2017 NFPW AFFILIATE COMPETITONS!

Click on the red links below for guidelines and information about:

ELIGIBILITY

Some NFPW affiliates require that you be a member of that affiliate in order to be eligible to enter the contest; others do not.

Non-members may determine their eligibility by clicking the dropdown box in the second field of the Entrant Form. There will be an asterisk beside the state affiliate name if non-members are not eligible to participate. If that is the case, enter through the At-large contest (also a choice in the dropdown menu).

To become a member of the National Federation of Press Women and enjoy the many benefits of state and national membership, please click this link: Join NFPW.

DEADLINES

Affiliate Contests:

Be a contest Early Bird! Enter by or before January 17 and save $25.

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017: Early Bird discount period ends.
                                                   Postmark deadline for Early Bird hard-copy entries.

             Entries will be accepted through Monday, February 6, 2017. A $25 fee will be added for the first entry submitted after January 17. All other fees remain the same.

  • Monday, February 6, 2017: Contest Deadline for all entries.
     

NFPW National Contest:  Monday, March 27, 2017, hard-copy postmark deadline; electronic deadline for all other entries.

CATEGORIES

The annual Communication Contest provides an opportunity to compete in a broad range of print or electronic broadcasting categories. Select your best work published or broadcast in 2016.

 Under each of the division titles AND each of the categories, you will find:

     1) The specific details of what you are required to submit.

     2) The information you must provide in any required one-page statement.

     3) The criteria the judges will use when evaluating your work.

 CLICK HERE TO GET THE COMPLETE LIST OF CONTEST DIVISIONS AND CATEGORIES

The category descriptors also are available on the Entry Form (click the Add Entry link in the Welcome page navigation bar).

CONTEST FEES

On the Entrant Form you are required to click “Member” or "Non-member.” That selection ensures you will be charged the entry fee amount set by the state affiliate contest you choose to enter. If you are not a member of an NFPW state affiliate but would like to join and pay for contest entries at the member rate, you must join before you register and begin to submit entries. As soon as you have confirmed “Member” status with your affiliate, you may register and select "Member" when prompted.

JUDGING

Entries in the NFPW Affiliate Contests are judged by leaders in their fields of expertise. Those who are asked to judge the statewide contests and the NFPW national competition will be judging online. They are asked to provide constructive comments on the work they judge and to give a merit rank to determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and honorable mention.

AWARDS

Award Recognition (including Sweeps Awards): Entrants and their co-entrants who receive first-place awards in an affiliate contest and are members of NFPW will be eligible to enter the national competition. Award winners in the NFPW contest will be honored at the awards banquet at the annual communications conference and will receive award certificates at the conference, or by mail if not in attendance. Names of national winners will be posted on the NFPW website.

Return to Entrant Form to finish registering. 

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THANKS FOR ENTERING ONE OF THE NFPW AFFILIATE COMPETITIONS!