Communications Contests

NMPW New Mexico Communications Contest

The annual New Mexico Communication Contest recognizes excellence in print, broadcast, electronic or Internet media, photography, marketing, public relations, graphic arts and journalism in New Mexico. Contest winners are announced in spring and awards are presented at New Mexico Press Women’s annual banquet. First place winners advance to the national contest.

The purpose of the contest is to improve professional skills by recognizing excellence in communication. The message is what is important. The message — how well it communicates, how it is directed to its target audience, how well it achieves its objectives — is the judging standard.

Finalists and winners of book categories in the Communications Contest may now order stickers. The stickers do not have a date, so previous finalists and winners can use them. The cost is $21.00 for 100 stickers. Order stickers at

2017 Communicator of Achievement Contest

The Communicator of Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by New Mexico Press Women and the National Federation of Press Women upon those members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their profession.

The recipient, chosen from nominations by NMPW members, is recognized for exceptional achievement in the communications field, service to NMPW/NFPW and to the community.

All nominees must be living members, in good standing for at least two years in an affiliate and NFPW (To check on a member’s status, please e-mail

A previous nominee can be named by an affiliate again, as long as he or she has not been honored as NFPW’s national COA winner. For specifics on building a nomination packet, rules for entry, nomination form and more, visit the relevant NFPW page. Also, there is nothing barring self-nomination.

Send nomination packets to NMPW CoA Chair Diana Sandoval-Tapia, 19 Aldea Place, Los Lunas, NM 87031. All nomination packets must be received by Friday, March 24, 2017.

The COA Award winner will be announced at the NMPW Award Banquet on during the 2017 Communications Conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

The winner represents our state in the national competition with the national COA and the runner-up announced at the Communicator of Achievement Award Banquet at NFPW’s annual conference in the fall. Each nominee is featured in NFPW’s AGENDA newsletter prior to the conference and spotlighted at the awards banquet.

The 2017 NFPW conference is on September 7-9, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama. For more information visit the NFPW conference web page.

Zia Book Award Contest

The Zia Award started in 1953 to honor an outstanding woman in New Mexico media. Each year the award rotates to one of three categories: non-fiction, fiction, and children’s literature. To accommodate this schedule, a book published in the last three years is eligible.

Non-fiction is the category for the 2017 Zia Book Award. Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 6, 2017. There is an early bird entry fee discount with a December 31, 2016 deadline. For more information click here.

Finalists and winners of the Zia Book Award may now order stickers. The stickers do not have a date, so previous finalists and winners can use them. The cost is $21.00 for 100 stickers. To order, send an email to Jessica Savage ( with your name, mailing address, the name of your book, “Zia Book Award,” and the year it was a finalist or a winner (specify which). Then make your payment at

The Jacob von Kutzleben Memorial Scholarship Writing Contest 

Jacob von Kutzleban enjoyed writing science fiction and urban fantasy short stories. His homework always took precedence, but whenever he had free time, he wrote.  He had plans for a series of urban fantasy books featuring a werewolf protagonist. Just as the scholarship is keeping Jacob’s dream alive, his passion will live on through this contest.

Open Prompt! Submit your best Flash Fiction story, between 200 and 750 words, in any genre.  The title is not included in your word count. MS Word will be used to verify the word count and it must be written in English. Anyone in the US can enter. The winner will receive $100, second place $50, and third place will win $20.

Your entry fee will help support the Jacob von Kutzleben Memorial Scholarship. Ten finalists will be notified no later than November 20, 2016. The winners will be notified on or before December 5, 2016.The three winning stories will be published by December 15. The remaining seven finalists’ names and story titles will also be listed. Winners will have the option of receiving their prize via Paypal or money order.
ENTRY FEE: $10   A Paypal account is not needed to enter.
The contest will close when 150 eligible entries are received. The link to Paypal will be removed when we have reached the limit. Please read the rules before sending your story.
Contest rules can be found on the website.


NMPW High School Communications Contest


We are currently looking for a High School Communications contest chair. If you are interested please contact NMPW at

The NMPW High School Communications Contest is part of the National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest. It inspires students to do their best work, which earns them recognition and reflects well on their teachers and advisers.

Students may enter work in one of 20 categories including: Editorial, Opinion, News Story, Feature Story, Sports Story, Columns, Feature Photo, Sports Photo, Cartooning, Review, Graphics, Single-Page Layout, Double-Truck Layout and Environment. First place winners continue to the NFPW High School Communications Contest and will compete with students from all over the country. Professional journalists judge all New Mexico entries and provide written comments. All first place, second place, third place and honorable mentions receive certificates.