Communications Contests

NMPW New Mexico Communications Contest

Here are the results of the 2022 NMPW Communications Contest!

The 2022 New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest is open for entries. The state contest is the first tier in the National Federation of Press Women’s contest. Entries are submitted through the National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Contest portal (that page contains detailed information about eligibility, categories, fees, and deadlines). If you need help understanding the submission process, see the step-by-step tutorial (it’s a large file, so it takes a little while to download it).

The New Mexico Press Women’s Communications Contest is judged at the state level. First place winners in the state level contest are eligible to move to the national level of judging. To be eligible to move to the national contest, the entrant must be a member in good standing with the National Federation of Press Women (see * below).

The contest is open to media people over the age of 18 regardless of gender, professional status or location. There are 61 categories covering writing, editing, photography, graphic design, radio and television, web and social media, advertising, communication programs and campaigns, public relations materials, information for the media, speeches and collegiate/education.

All work must have been published or broadcast between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 to be eligible for entry.

The early deadline is noon (in your time zone) January 19, 2022. The final deadline for books is noon (in your time zone) February 2, 2022. Because of the extended time needed to judge book categories, all book entries must be entered by this date. The final deadline for all other entries is noon (in your time zone) February 9, 2022.

Entry fees for New Mexico Press Women are $25 for the first entry and $15 for each additional entry. Nonmember fees are $30 for the first entry and $20 for each additional entry. Student fees are $10 for the first and $10 for each additional entry. A one time $25 late fee will be assessed to all professional contest entrants after the Jan. 19, 2022 deadline.

Judging will be completed by March 11, 2022, and first place winners that want to go on to the national contest must be members of the national organization *by March 15, 2022. The national judging will be completed by April 8, 2022. New Mexico Press Women will pay the additional national entry fee for one qualified entry by an NMPW member; national fees for additional entries by NMPW members and all entries for nonmembers must be paid by the entrant.

Contest winners will be announced at the March 12 annual NMPW conference dinner, which will be held in Farmington. Book finalists and winners in the book category may order stickers. The stickers do not have a date, so previous finalists and winners can use them. The cost is $21 for 100 stickers. For more information go to


Zia Book Award Contest

The Zia Book 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. See the Zia Book Award page for information about this year’s contest, which is now open for submissions.

Finalists and winners of the Zia Book Award may 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 our online store.

NMPW High School Communications Contest

The National Federation of Press Women High School Communications Contest is now open.

This is one of only a few nationwide communications competitions for high school students. It inspires students to do outstanding work in their quest for excellence.

Because NFPW’s state affiliate, New Mexico Press Women, is not hosting a contest, students may enter the NFPW At-Large High School Communications Contest. First-place winners of the at-large contest will receive an award certificate, an invitation to the National High School Luncheon at the NFPW National Conference, and a check for $100 per first-place entry.

All first-place entries from the national contest will move to the NFPW National High School Communications Award of Excellence where they will be judged against one another.  The student or team whose national first-place entry is judged best among all national first-place entries will receive an NFPW High School Communications Award of Excellence and an additional $250 per entry. Another $250 is be awarded to the school or program the student attends.

All contest entries must have been published, e-published, broadcast, or issued between Feb. 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022. For more detailed information at the NFPW High School Contest web page. Final deadline for entry is February 9, 2022.

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. See this year’s details on the 2022 COA page.

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 NMPW and NFPW.

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. Specifics on building a nomination packet, rules for entry, nomination form and more will be posted here when they are announced by NFPW later this year. Also, there is nothing barring self-nomination.

For more information, contact NMPW COA Chair Adam Biederwolf.

The COA Award winner will be announced at the NMPW annual conference.

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.