Communications Contest

Welcome to the National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Contest

The Contest is now closed for entries – Good luck to all the contestants in the 2018 contest!

The NFPW National Communications Contest is a two-tiered contest open to anyone over the age of 18 regardless of age, gender, professional status or location.

The first tier of the contest is run at the state level. Entrants in states without an affiliate-level contest and international entries are welcome to enter the at-large section of the contest. When entries warrant, the at-large section of the contest may be split into regions to create a more level playing field.

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.

*Entrants from Missouri, Nebraska and North Dakota must be NFPW members to enter*

Important Dates

The NFPW Communications Contest begins on October 1, 2017.  Entries are accepted until February 6, 2018, at midnight in your time zone.

Save $25 by beating the early bird deadline!  Get your entry in before midnight in your time zone on January 23, 2018, to get the discount. 

How Do I Enter? 

To enter the contest, visit the contest site and follow the directions for entry.

For technical questions about entering the contest, please contact the NFPW office at 804-746-1033 or email us at 

For policy questions about the contest please contact Teri Ehresman at 208-521-5171 or email her at

Who Can Enter?

The NFPW Communications Contest is open to anyone over the age of 18 regardless of gender, professional status or location. For more information and the complete rules please CLICK HERE

What Catagories are Available?

We have categories for every type of professional communication including:

  • Writing
  • Editing and Page Design
  • Photography and Graphics
  • Radio and Television
  • Web and Social Media
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations/Promotions/Publicity
  • PR Materials
  • Information for the Media
  • Speeches
  • Collegiate/Education
  • Books and Creative Writing

To see a complete list of the categories, descriptions, and requirements please CLICK HERE.

What Do I Win?

Winners of the state level contest earn the chance to compete at the national level.  National winners receive a certificate of achievement presented at the awards banquet during the NFPW National Conference. They can also display and sell their work at the conference, as well as be featured on our Winner’s Showcase page, and be featured on NFPW social media pages.

Entrants with wins across multiple categories are entered into the national sweepstakes. A contest giving a weighted point value to each placing dependent on entries. The top three entries in the sweepstakes contest receive cash prizes.

How Much Does it Cost to Enter? 

Entry fees vary according to location and membership status, see the chart below for entry fees. If you do not see your state listed below, please enter in the At-Large section of the contest. International entries welcome.

*Entrants residing in Missouri, Nebraska, and North Dakota must be members to enter*

See the chart below for the fees for entry into the contest.

2018 Communications Contest Fees
State  Member 1st Entry  Member 2nd Entry  Nonmember 1st Entry  Nonmember 2nd Entry
Alabama $25.00 $20.00 $30.00 $25.00
Alaska $25.00 $15.00 $30.00 $25.00
Arkansas $10.00 $5.00 $25.00 $20.00
At-Large $25.00 $15.00 $35.00 $25.00
California $25.00 $15.00 $30.00 $20.00
Connecticut $25.00 $15.00 $30.00 $20.00
Delaware $25.00 $15.00 $30.00 $20.00
Idaho $20.00 $15.00 $25.00 $20.00
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 $10.00 $5.00 n/a n/a
New Mexico $10.00 $5.00 $15.00 $10.00
North Dakota $25.00 $5.00 n/a n/a
Ohio $25.00 $15.00 $30.00 $20.00
Pennsylvania $10.00 $8.00 $15.00 $10.00
South Carolina $25.00 $20.00 $35.00 $30.00
South Dakota $20.00 $15.00 $25.00 $20.00
Texas $12.00 $12.00 $15.00 $15.00
Virginia $25.00 $15.00 $30.00 $25.00