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COMMUNICATIONS CONTEST RULES and GUIDELINES
DIRECT ALL CONTEST QUESTIONS TO:
Annie Hearn, Contest Director
E-mail contact preferred
|Katherine Ward, Executive Director
2013 Contest Deadline:
January 21, 2013
Welcome to an exciting new format for the Delaware Press
Association Communications Contest! This year, as the kick-off to what we
hope will be an easier way to both enter and administer a big contest like
this one, we are offering an all-electronic contest. We know there will be
questions and concerns along the way, but we believe that once we are all
used to this new format, it will be a simpler, less time-consuming process
for all concerned. We ask that you bear with us and reserve judgement until
we’ve gone through the shake-down year.
As always, the annual DPA Communications Contest encourages
and rewards excellence in communication and is open to all professional
communicators in Delaware. Judged by out-of-state communications
professionals to ensure impartiality, the contest provides an opportunity to
compete in various print or electronic broadcasting fields. All DPA contest
winners are honored at the DPA Annual Meeting and Contest Awards Banquet
each spring. First place winners who are members of the National Federation
of Press Women (NFPW) may enter the national competition.
Call for Entries
Delaware Press Association (DPA), an affiliate of the
National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), is calling for entries in our
annual statewide communications contest.
Select your best work published or broadcast between
January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012. The governing date is the date
the broadcast was aired, the date printed on the publication, or the date
e-published. If the entry is a series, use publication date of the final
article as entry date, which allows beginning article to have been published
in previous contest year.
The annual DPA Communications Contest is open to all
professional communicators in the state of Delaware. Winners will be notified in
First-place award winners in the DPA Communications Contest
are eligible to enter the
National Federation of Press Women annual competition only if member
dues of $96 ($76 national, $20 local) are received at NFPW Headquarters by
March 4, 2013 (February 18 for Book and Creative Writing categories).
To join or to renew your membership, please fill out and
submit a membership application as directed on the form you select below.
The annual DPA Communications Contest provides an
opportunity to compete in a broad range of categories.
the complete list of the divisions and description of categories and
sub-categories in each division.
All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., January 21,
Because there are some limitations to the contest platform
at this time, we are making concessions and adaptations on a one-year-only
basis. This year, because we are restricted to charging the same amount for
any kind of entry — rather than using the traditional tiered structure for
members and non-members and for those making joint entries — we ask that you
accept the following fee structure, which we believe is fair and will enable
both members and non-members to submit their first three entries at exactly
the same cost as last year with slight variations for current members for
more or fewer than three entries:
Members: $15 for each entry (last year: $25 for the 1st
entry; $10 for subsequent entries) = $45 either way for 3 entries.
Non-members: $20 for DPA dues for 1 year; $15 for each
entry (last year: $35 for the 1st entry; $15 for subsequent entries) =
same cost as last year all down the line regardless of the number of
Joint entries: Non-members must first make a $20 dues
payment if this is their only entry and then will share the cost of $15
for each joint entry. Members will share the cost of $15 per entry (last
year: $40 for joint entries, regardless of the number of joint entries
or the number of entrants per joint entry) = less than last year for
members and non-members. Joint entrants must agree among themselves who
will submit the entry.
Students: $15 per entry in the Collegiate
Division - Categories 52A – 54 (8 categories)
When you have accessed the contest and have submitted an
entry, you will pay by credit card through PayPal.
Note: All DPA members who are paid through the end of 2012, or
for 2013, recently were given a new username and password for the online
DPA membership directory. Unless you received that information, you
currently are not a member. If, however, you are uncertain, contact
Please go to
Membership Forms to join or to renew your membership with DPA or with
both DPA and NFPW.
Preparing Your Entries
To facilitate the entry process, please consider the following steps:
|Go to the
DPA Contest Categories page of the DPA website for complete
descriptions of each of the contest divisions and categories.
|Decide which of the categories you will enter and
make note of the category number (and letter where one exists). When
choosing work to enter, you may want to read the “Judges will
consider” statement at the end of each category descriptor in order
to assess whether your work will meet that set of criteria.
|Set up a folder for use in submitting all work,
supporting documents if called for, and any required one-page
|Read the information under the division title in
which your first category is listed, and then read the category
|Based on that information, gather all files needed
for that entry, label them with the number, letter (if there is
one), and category title and any other identifying information. For
example, to enter a personal blog, category 30C, you might name the
file containing the first of the two required samples: 30C Personal
Blog, Sample 1, Vacation Mishaps.docx; the second might be: 30C
Personal Blog, Sample 2, Great Thai Restaurant.docx; and the final
file: 30C Personal Blog, One-page Statement.docx. Then you easily
can find and attach each of those files by browsing and clicking on
them in order to submit them in the appropriate boxes. If you were
to enter a category in which your work appeared online and you are
required to submit six samples, you might put the URLs for those
articles in a file in the contest folder and then copy them, one at
a time, into the appropriate boxes for submission.
|If a one-page statement is called for, be sure to
read the directions on the DPA website under the specific category
you are entering because the requirements are different for every
category. Then, write the statement accordingly and place that
labeled file in the folder you created. If you or a colleague will
be submitting a joint entry, be sure to include the name of each
entrant as well as a brief description of each entrant’s role in the
Entering the Contest
You are ready to enter the contest when you have decided on the
divisions and categories you plan to enter, have read all of the
division and category information on the DPA website that pertains to
those categories, have gathered the files for all of your entries and
labeled them appropriately, and have placed the files in a folder as
outlined in “Preparing Your Entries.”
Please read the directions below before you begin. Follow any special
instructions at the beginning of each division as well as in the
category descriptor for each separate category as detailed on the
DPA Contest Categories page.
ENTER THE 2013 CONTEST HERE
CLICK THE DIVISION YOU WANT TO ENTER
(Contest begins at 12 a.m. January 4,
2013, and ends at 11:59 p.m. January
Your first step is to choose and write down the username
and password you will use to login to the contest. You will use the same
username and password for each division of the contest. Do not lose them. If you are entering your work and have to
stop before completing all entries, you will need that information to
log back in to your contest site. If you begin entering a category and
must leave part way through, you will log out knowing what you have
entered in that category only will be lost and you will have to begin
that category again (all other submitted work will be safe).
A Tip: If you are entering a category and realize you don’t understand
the instructions or that you may not have the right documents, call or
write for help. If not convenient to get help right then, log out and
get help later. It’s better to lose a few minutes’ work than to risk
disqualification by entering in the wrong category or failing to submit
the right documents. As long as you have your username and password, you
can log in again when you’re ready.
Note: No entry may be submitted in more than one category.
CLARIFICATION: Stories may be entered in writing categories, while the
page, supplement, publication or website that bears that story also may
be entered in editing categories. It is not the intent to prevent a
writer and an editor from entering their individual work when work by
both contestants appears in the same publication or broadcast.
Begin the entry submission process by clicking the name
of the division in the list above that contains the categories you will
Select Register to Enter and fill in the
registration form. Submit the username and password you have chosen,
and write your name as it should appear in print.
At the bottom of the page, click
At the top of the next page, enter your username and
password, then click Login. When you log in successfully, you
will see a list of all categories in that division under the heading
Step 1: Select Award Category.
Check the box beside the title of the category you are
entering, and then click Submit
Entry for Selected Category at
the bottom of the page.
On the next page, under the heading
Step 2: Submit
Enter the required document(s) for that category.
Choose the box(es) that will accommodate your file(s). You will
browse and upload Word, PDF and JPG files and will paste in any
URLs. Check to be sure you have entered everything that is required.
Check yes or no to indicate whether it is a Joint
Entry. If you are the one designated to submit work on behalf of a
team, check yes to get a box in which to write the names of the
entrants. List each name as it should appear in print and describe
each entrant’s role in any required one-page statement.
Go to Make Payment at the bottom of the page and click
the PayPal button to pay for that entry. If you have another
entry, sign back in with the same username and password. Repeat
this process until you have entered and paid for all of your entries in that
Note: If you will be entering exactly the same category more
than once, enter that category last. When you have entered that category for
the first time, log out and then log back in with a different username
(write it down) but the same password. Yes, you will have to fill out the
form again (sorry, but there’s nothing we can do about that this year).
Repeat that process if you have yet another entry for that same category.
If you also will be entering work in categories that come
under another division, click the name of the next division, reregister,
login with your username and password and enter your work
When you have submitted and paid for all entries, click
All contest awards, except sweepstakes awards, shall be
ensure impartiality, the contest is judged by out-of-state communications
DPA contest winners are announced and receive award
certificates at the DPA Annual Meeting and Contest Awards Banquet each
spring. Award-winning work is displayed by category.
Cash prizes are awarded to those who receive the greatest
number of points in the contest sweepstakes competition. Each winning entry
receives a certain number of points (e.g., 1st place = 4, 2nd place = 3, 3rd
place = 2, HM = 1), with additional points given when the number of entries
in the category exceeds five or an increment of five. The entrant
accumulating the greatest number of points will receive the 1st prize of
$250; 2nd prize $150; 3rd prize, $100.
The 2013 sweepstakes winners
1sr prize, Teresa Messmore: Communications Specialist, UD Marine Public
2nd prize, Jeff Mordock: reporter, Delaware Law Weekly and
Delaware Business Court Insider
3rd prize, Allan Loudell: host, Delaware News at Noon/afternoon anchor, WDEL
Communications Contest Award Winners
DPA Contest Winners
Check out the winners of the statewide
DPA communications contest:
NFPW Contest Winners
DPA members who received national awards in the NFPW
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