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DIRECT ALL CONTEST QUESTIONS TO:
Katherine Ward, Contest Manager
E-mail contact preferred
2015 Contest Deadlines
– 11:59 p.m. EST, February 2, 2015
All Other Entries –
11:59 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.
RULES and GUIDELINES
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
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.
To join or to renew your membership, please fill out and
submit a membership application as directed on the form you select below.
Hard-copy entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m.
All other entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m.
Members: $25 for the 1st
entry; $15 for subsequent entries
Non-members: $30 for the 1st entry; $20 for subsequent
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
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
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.
DPA COMMUNICATIONS CONTEST DIVISIONS AND CATEGORIES
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.”
CONTEST DIVISIONS AND CATEGORIES
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)
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)
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
|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
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.
TO ENTER THE 2015 DPA COMMUNICATIONS CONTEST
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
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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