NPW Communications Contest Rules
DEADLINE: Postmarked by Jan. 8, 2011. STRICTLY ENFORCED
Entry fees: $7 for the first entry, $4 each additional entry.Send to contest director with entries. Download the entry form and the contest categories here.
SEND TO: Barb Micek, Nance County Journal, PO Box 10, Fullerton, NE 68638.
AWARDS: NPW spring convention, Halsey, April 30; NFPW conference Sept. 10, 2011, Council Bluffs.
____ PAY 2011 DUES BY DEC. 31, 2010.
Combination NFPW/NPW dues: $94.00 for professionals, $30 for students, mail to NFPW Membership Dept., PO Box 34798, Alexandria, VA 22334-0798. NPW-only: professionals $25, students $12.50, mail to Sherry Thompson, 5415 S. 174th Ave., Omaha, NE 68135. Don’t send dues to the contest director. First place winners in the state contest will go on to compete at national if entrant is a member of both NPW and NFPW.
____ GET CATEGORIES LIST AND ENTRY FORM at www.nfpw.org or download here.
NOTE: Entries must be work done in 2010.
____ CAREFULLY READ CATEGORY REQUIREMENTS AND THIS CHECKLIST.
NOTE: Some require one story or one-day package; some (e.g., special articles, columns) require two stories; and some (series) have a maximum. Some (e.g., PR) require attached project explanation letters.
If there is no byline, photo credit, design-editing credit or publication date on your tearsheet or other materials, attach a supervisor’s note confirming your work and the date.
____ ONE ENTRY PER PERSON, PER CATEGORY OR SUBCATEGORY.
____ EACH STORY, PHOTO or PAGE DESIGN CAN BE ENTERED ONLY ONCE.
For example, a photo entered as a single feature can’t be part of a photo page entry. However, a story, photo and design from a single page can be entered in writing, photo and design-editing categories.
____ SUBMIT FULL TEARSHEETS OR COPIES OF FULL TEARSHEETS.
Outline stories using a ruler and highlighter in a color other than black. Remember to mark jumps.
____ COMPLETE A FORM FOR EACH ENTRY.
Include all dates and headlines for multiple parts. Attach forms to tearsheets with paper clips.
____ PHOTO ENTRIES REQUIRE A TEARSHEET AND PRINT/COLOR COPY up to 8x10.
____ CREATE A MASTER SHEET (see example sheet) that includes:
Your name, address, phone numbers daytime and evening and e-mail address
Membership type with proof of dues payment (ie. cancelled check, copy of form sent). NPW/NFPW members must specify that they want first-place entries to advance to the NFPW contest. That commits you to reimburse NPW $15 of the $20 NFPW entry fee, payable at spring convention.
A chronological list of all entries:
1.B. New reporting-daily newspaper, “The headline....,” date
5. Special series (4 parts), “Headlines and label/logo...,” dates
13.A. Single page editing, “page heading...,” dates
Entry fees: $7 for the first entry, $4 each additional entry. Send to contest director with entries.
____ PUT ALL ENTRIES, MASTER SHEET AND FEES INTO ONE LARGE ENVELOPE.
Don’t put the individual entries into separate envelopes.
____ BEFORE MAILING, REVIEW CHECKLIST
Questions: e-mail Barb Micek or Andrea Cranford through our Contact Us page.