Editors: Your publication or station can afford to give staff members a new contest option. New Mexico Press Women has reduced contest fees for members and nonmembers. And NMPW is offering a special rate: A single organization can enter all entries under the individual rate of $10 for the first entry and $5 for each succeeding entries (10-entry minimum).
New Mexico Press Women (NMPW) invites entries for the 2014 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.
We have some important changes this year:
- This year NMPW is moving to an online system, which will streamline the entry process for entrants.
- 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 the member rate for all their entries.
- Entries that may still be submitted in hard copy format are 15A and 15B, Publications Regularly Edited by Entrant, and book categories 56 through 64. These entries must be accompanied by an entry form printed from the contest site and postmarked by the contest deadline.
- Fees are the same for books in electronic form; if you need to mail a hard copy of your book, you will need to pay the standard fee to the national organization and also send a check for $15 to state treasurer Carol Kreis.
Contest deadline is Jan. 15, 2013. To be eligible, the work must have been distributed, published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
With 64 categories, NMPW offers the largest range of categories for work.
The contest site is not yet live, but you can see details on contest categories and submission rules at www.NewMexicoPressWomen.org. Watch the NMPW site for updates.
Entries will be judged by out-of-state media and communications professionals. All award places, including honorable mentions, receive a certificate. Winners of multiple awards may be honored for Overall Excellence and receive cash awards. The awards will be announced at the NMPW annual conference to be held April 25-26 in Las Cruces.
First place winners who are members of NMPW and the National Federation of Press Women will go on to compete nationally.
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 and the Zia Book Award, and has local chapter activities in Albuquerque, Northern New Mexico, and Las Cruces.