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Katherine Ward, Contest Manager
Phone: 302-655-2175

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2015 Contest Deadlines

Hard-copy Entries11:59 p.m. EST, February 2, 2015
All Other Entries11:59 p.m. EST, February 9, 2015

Welcome to the all-electronic Delaware Press Association Communications Contest! The annual competition 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.



DPA Contest: The annual DPA Communications Contest is open to all professional communicators in the state of Delaware and nearby out-of-state communities. You do not have to be a member of DPA to enter the contest. Winners will be notified in March.

Select your best work published or broadcast between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014. 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 the publication date of the final article as the entry date, which allows the beginning article to have been published in the previous contest year.

National Contest: First-place award winners in the 2015 DPA Communications Contest will be eligible to enter the National Federation of Press Women annual competition if member dues of $97 ($77 national, $20 local) are received at NFPW Headquarters by March 30, 2015.

Membership Forms

To join or to renew your membership, please fill out and submit a membership application as directed on the form you select below.


Contest Deadlines

Hard-copy entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST, February 2, 2015.

All other entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST, February 9, 2015.


Entry Fees

  • Members: $25 for the 1st entry; $15 for subsequent entries

  • Non-members: $30 for the 1st entry; $20 for subsequent entries

  • When you have submitted your entries you may SAVE and logout without paying if you think you will submit more entries at another time. Or you may pay at the end of each entry session. Once you have made the initial payment, all other entries will be charged at the discount rate.

  • On the Pay Now page of the contest site, you may a) pay by credit card or b) check the Pay Offline box below your total and send a check to the DPA treasurer (name and address are listed on the Pay Now page).

  • Your entries will not be official until they have been “submitted” and paid for.

    Note: All DPA members who were paid through the end of 2014, or have renewed for 2015, may enter at the member rate. If you are uncertain, contact

Please go to Membership Forms if you want to join or to renew your membership with DPA or with both DPA and NFPW.



The annual DPA Communications Contest provides an opportunity to compete in a broad range of categories. For the 2015 contest, entries must have been published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014, otherwise known as “the contest year.”


  • Writing (Categories 1 – 12)

  • Editing and Page Design (Print Publications) (Categories 13 – 16)

  • Photography and Graphics (Categories 17 – 20)

  • Radio and Television (Categories 21 – 26)

  • Web and Social Media (Categories 27 – 32)

  • Advertising (Categories 33 – 36)

  • Public Relations/Promotion/Publicity

    • Communications Programs and Campaigns (Categories 37 – 40)

    • PR Materials (Categories 41 – 47)

    • Information for the Media (Categories 48 – 50)

  • Speeches (Category 51)

  • Collegiate (Categories 52 – 55)

  • Books and Creative Writing (Categories 56 – 64)

Get complete list of contest divisions and category descriptors in each division.

Preparing Your Entries

Decide on the work you will enter in the contest and identify the division and category in which each work sample will be entered. Read the category descriptor for each category you plan to enter to assess whether your work will meet that set of criteria.

TIP to make entering a snap:


Before submitting your entries, create a 2015 COMMUNICATIONS CONTEST folder on your hard drive.


Find each file you will need for the categories you plan to enter, including supporting documents if called for, and any one-page statements.


Rename each file: put the category number/letter and name at the beginning of the filename (e.g., 01A NEWS Near-record year for rainfall.docx; 01A NEWS Near-record Rainfall One-page Statement.docx) and save each to the new folder. If you will enter a category in which your work appears online and you must submit several samples, put the URLs for those articles in a file (e.g., 04 ENTERPRISE REPORTING URLs.docx) in the contest folder, then you either can upload the file or open the file and copy and paste the URLs, one at a time, into the fields for URLs.


Once you begin the entry process and upload the first file from the contest folder, you will be taken directly to that folder each time you click the Browse button during that entry session.


Enter the Contest

Because we share the contest site with the other NFPW affiliates, you will see the NFPW logo on the Login page. Note: When you access the Login page, you will begin the entry process by clicking the white REGISTER link in the upper left corner of the page. When you register and fill out your Entrant Form, you will choose Delaware from a drop-down box in the second field on the form and will compete in a discrete contest for DPA members and other communications professionals in Delaware only.

Each step for signing in, setting up your credentials, entering your work, paying and revisiting all work before submitting is spelled out on the LOGIN, HOME, RULES, and ADD ENTRY pages on the contest site. When you click the contest link below, please READ THE INSTRUCTIONS on the Login page BEFORE you begin the registration / entry process.


If at any time you have a question or need help, you will find contact information at the top of this page and also through the “Contact Us” tab on the navigation bar on the contest site.



All contest awards, except sweepstakes awards, shall be honorary. To ensure impartiality, the contest is judged by out-of-state communications professionals.

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 Education Office
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 1150-AM radio


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 Communications Contest:


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