2022 Contests

Deadlines for all contests (yearbook, print, online) is Thursday, June 30.

Links to the forms at the bottom of this page will be active and accepting entries on Monday, May 16.

The contests are judged by professional journalists, professors and experienced advisers from outside New Jersey, and every single entry receives feedback. For the print and online newspaper contests, content published from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 is eligible, and up to six submissions per categories are allowed for the print and online contests. Entries will be submitted entirely digitally again this year, and all category submission forms can be found in the link below.

As always, If you have any questions, difficulties, issues, or concerns about deadlines, categories, entries, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to reach out to GSSPA President Bill Rawson at [email protected]. We always want to work together through any issues you might have.

Winners will announced via an Instagram Live session in the fall and celebrated at our Fall Press Day on Oct. 24.

Yearbook Contest Info

Yearbook Contest Entry Form

Print, Online Newspaper, & Broadcast Contest Entry Forms

Entry forms with judging criteria are found on the second page of the Google Form linked above. For preparation purposes, the categories you will find:

1-News Writing

2-Feature Writing

3-Sports Writing

4-In-Depth Reporting

5-Editorial Writing

6-Opinion Writing

7-Personal Narrative

8-Column Writing

9-Review Writing



12-Editorial Cartooning

13-Layout and Design

14-Overall Print Excellence

15-Multimedia Package – News

16-Multimedia Package – Features

17-Multimedia Package – Sports

18-Broadcast Segment

19-News Magazine Show (Long form) Episode

20-News Show (Short Form) Episode

21-Short Documentary


23-Breaking News

24-Timely Sports/Game Coverage

25-Photo Gallery

26-Social Media Presence

27-Overall Online Excellence


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2022 Contests