Be sure your work is represented in the 2015 New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest


If you haven’t entered your best work of 2014 for this years Communications Contest, be aware — the electronic deadline is February 9 with an earlier postmark February 2 deadline for hard copy such as books. With 64 entry categories there’s something for every communicator – journalists, writers, photographers, social media websites and blogs, authors, poets, screenwriters, playwrights, speeches, graphics, PR and advertising, and TV and radio.

The state website has information on the communications contest page and, as you scroll down, lists details about all the categories. If you’re impatient to enter directly, go to and click the white REGISTER tab to begin the process. If you didn’t already jump ahead to the contest link, enter thru the NFPW site. Go to and click on Enter the 2015 Competition and then follow directions. First REGISTER where you will also create your user name and password.

Entry fees remain $10 for the first entry, $5 for each additional entry for members. You will pay your fees to national and can use a credit card or pay offline.

State membership alone is $13, and is paid by check to NMPW, Loretta Hall, Treasurer, 3219 El Toboso Drive, NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104. Also, if you are entering a hard-copy entry such as a book there is an extra $15 mailing fee to send by check to Loretta.  Totally stuck and abysmally confused? Contact NMPW Communications contest chair Diane Schmidt at  or 505-890-8363, and arrange an evening time to go through the process over the phone, and she can also send you an additional instruction sheet on how to enter a book.

The system will allow you to interrupt your entries and return to them later, provided you’ve SAVED. If you don’t save, you have to start all over. The system will require you to enter the division and category and then save. After that you enter the rest of the information. If there is no co-entrant, be sure to check the NO box on that tab. If your category requires a one-page statement, you will upload that as well. When you upload, first select URL or UPLOAD so that the #1 box appears. If you are entering a hard-copy book, be sure to read the directions for hard-copy entries – you will also need to create and upload a short online info  requested as well.

If you have a question about categories as you’re preparing your online entry, you can also look on the national web site
and see the 2014 category descriptions. They won’t change for 2015. You can also contact Diane Schmidt, communications contest chair, at about categories.

You can upload pretty much any kind of file. But let’s say you have an entry with an elaborate layout that doesn’t convert well to an online entry, or you have a book and don’t have an e-version you can enter. You will still be allowed to send paper versions postmarked by the contest deadline. You can view all your entries. You can make changes until you hit the final submit. Once you click submit, you’re done.

Entries will be judged by out-of-state media and communications professionals and receive comments. All award places, including honorable mentions, receive certificates. All certificates are presented at the Saturday night banquet at the 2015 NMPW Conference, The Power of Storytelling, held at Ghost Ranch this year. 

First place winners who are members of NMPW and the National Federation of 
Press Women will go on to compete nationally. The system is fairly simple and flexible. For those of you with more than one entry, it’ll help you to set up your own contest folder beforehand.

For those interested in the Zia Award, the deadline for that contest has been extended to Jan. 31. This year it is for non-fiction books by a New Mexico woman author published within the last three years. 

Albuquerque Press Women, Santa Fe Northern New Mexico Press Women and Las Cruces Press Women are all active local chapters with monthly professional programs.   

NMPW Offers Scholarships in Photojournalism & Journalism



New Mexico Press Women invites students to apply for three higher education scholarships offered this year, open to students regardless of gender. Main criteria for the awards are career potential, although scholastic standing is a consideration. The deadline is Friday, March 6.

NMPW offers one $1,275 Cary Herz scholarship to a student studying photojournalism. This scholarship will be awarded to the student whose photojournalism best reflects Herz’s work. Before applying, students are encouraged to become familiar with her work, especially her final project, “New Mexico’s Crypto-Jews: Image and Memory.” This is the final year for the Cary Herz scholarship.

NMPW also annually awards two $750 Doris Gregory Memorial journalism scholarships. Recipients for both scholarships must currently attend a New Mexico college or university and major in print journalism, broadcast, photojournalism, public relations or advertising.

Scholarship applicants are asked to fill out an application form available online at The application packet includes a brief description of career goals, samples of work, a copy of transcripts and a letter of recommendation from a professor, employer, mentor or other individual familiar with the student’s work.

Scholarships will be awarded at the NMPW state convention awards banquet during the conference Saturday, April 25, at the Ghost Ranch Conference Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Recipients will receive a ticket to the awards banquet.

Renew your membership – or join today!

Have you renewed your membership in NMPW/NFPW yet? If not, it’s time! Why? For one, the amazing conference at Ghost Ranch is rapidly approaching and you get the best rate as a member who registers before the early bird opportunity slips away.
Speaking of conferences, the NFPW conference will be in Anchorage, Alaska, this September and who wants to miss an opportunity to go north to Alaska? Also, it is time to enter the communications contest so you can add to your resume and get more bragging rights.
Think of all the educational and networking opportunities membership affords you, plus discounted libel insurance, national job bank, and much, much more. Membership in our organization is an investment in yourself professionally.
Please renew or join today at!

The New Mexico Press Women 2015 Communications Contest is now open!

New Mexico Press Women invites entries for the 2015 Communications Contest, recognizing excellence in print or electronic media, books, photography, advertising, public relations, graphic arts, blogs/websites, and academic journalism throughout New Mexico. You don’t have to be a member of NMPW to participate in this open competition, and both men and women are encouraged to enter and join.

The contest deadline is Feb. 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm for all media entered electronically, and postmarked Feb. 2, 2015 for books. To be eligible, the work must have been distributed, published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Note that books categories include a variety of fiction and non-fiction adult and children’s books as well as poetry published or first distributed in 2014.

The awards will be announced at the NMPW Communications Conference

Awards Banquet at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico on Saturday evening, April 25th, 2015.Entries are judged by nationally recognized professional judges and receive peer feedback. All award places, including honorable mentions, receive a certificate.

Visit for further details on entering the electronic portal. Entry fees are reduced to $10 for the first entry and $5 for each succeeding entry, for members; $15 for the first entry and $10 for each succeeding entry, for nonmembers.

Organizations – including media, companies and institutions – can take advantage of one member rate for all their entries.

Join New Mexico Press Women for $13 at the state level to enjoy benefits and join local chapters holding monthly professional meetings in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces. Winners receive state-wide media attention. First place winners who are members of NMPW and the National Federation of Press Women will go on to compete nationally. Combined New Mexico and National membership is $90.

NMPW, the state’s largest inclusive media organization since 1949, is an affiliate of the National Federation of Press Women. Membership is open to men and women. NMPW holds an annual communications contest, provides scholarships for high school students, and the Zia Book Award, and has local chapter activities in Albuquerque, Northern New Mexico, and Las Cruces.

Questions? Contact Contest Chair Diane Schmidt


The 2015 Contest is now open!

Go to to review rules and categories, and start submitting your entries!

Work published in 2014 is eligible.

Deadline for online entries Feb. 9, books Feb. 2.

CLICK HERE further details and membership

Do we have a category for you! Choose from 64 categories from general reporting to specialty communications, it’s your chance to be recognized. Competition is open. You don’t have to be a member. Men are encouraged to enter and join. Nationally recognized professional judges and feedback. AWARDS BANQUET AT GHOST RANCH CONFERENCE April 25th, 2015. And, 1st place winners are eligible to enter the National Federation of Press Women contest.

The New Mexico Press Women Communication Contest is open to member and non-member journalists, columnists, photographers, fiction and non-fiction book authors and poets, public relations campaigns, advertising, broadcast, speeches, bloggers, designers, websites, students work, and many other types of communicators.

  • Reduced entry fees: NMPW Member Discount: $10 for the first submission, $5 for each additional entry ($15/$10 for non-members) Group membership entry fees available for pressrooms and publishers.
  • Critical Peer Review: Entries receive written feedback from a professional judge working in his or her respective field
  • Ease: Online contest portal allows for a simple, paperless entry
  • Public Relations: Winner’s names are promoted via traditional and electronic press release, Association newsletter and a full suite of social media platforms

Benefits of Membership:

  • New Mexico Press Women/National Federation of Press Women
  • Retired Memberships / Student Memberships
  • Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces chapter meetings and events
  • Job listings, network and mentoring opportunities, reduced contest entry fees, and venues for promoting/selling your work
  • Board positions and leadership opportunities
    If you have questions you can contact Contest Chair Diane Schmidt,