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Critiques and Contests: Start Preparing NOW!


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As you wrap up the school year (and publish your final issues and distribute your yearbooks), you may want to get your editors to start pulling together work for critiques and award consideration. Many have deadlines of June 12, so get your POs submitted and checks cut now!

Here are a couple of organizations to consider submitting your work to:

NSPA

  • NSPA Critique & Pacemaker Consideration: You need to be a Level 2 Member ($189) to receive the critique. Critiques are generally emailed over the summer, in time for publications staffs to make changes when planning their 2018 books and papers. (Rates are different for broadcast and web – check out the link for more details).
  • NSPA Individual Awards: NSPA members can also enter work in the Individual Award categories for Story of the Year, Picture of the Year, Design of the Year and Cartoon of the Year. Most of the categories allow you to select two entries per publication. Entry is free for members and easy – it’s all online!

CSPA

  • CSPA Critique & Crown ConsiderationYou need to be a “Regular” Member [Hybrid $270, Digital $220, Print $230] to receive the critique. Critiques are generally emailed over the summer, in time for publications staffs to make changes when planning their 2017 books and papers. You can also submit a second copy of your publication for the Crown contest.
  • CSPA Gold Circle AwardsThe Regular Membership includes 30 free Gold Circle entries. The newspaper and magazine deadline is June 12 (form is available at link above). The deadline for yearbooks is October 13. Collect your entries now and you’ll be in good shape to submit in the fall.

VHSL

This is our “state championship” and publication staffs earning the ranking of Trophy Class earn their school Wells Fargo Cup Points – ask your Activities Office to pay for these contests (they’d pay for the basketball team’s state tournament entry, right?). June 15 deadline. Click the links for the specific critique forms.

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