GSSPA

Contests

**Updated Information IS HERE!!!**

Our revamped print and online newspaper contests feature an all-digital submission process. Yearbook contests will still be executed by mail.

The pushed-back deadlines for submission this year will be:

  • Print/online: Monday, Aug. 31
  • Yearbook: Tuesday, Sept. 8

Payment will be accepted whenever you’re able to remit it during the upcoming school year. No rush, no worries. We’ll be here.

If you have any difficulties, issues, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to GSSPA President Bill Rawson at [email protected] We really do want to work with you on this.

The contests are judged by professional journalists, professors and experienced advisers from outside New Jersey, and every single entry receives feedback. Any content published from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 is eligible, and submission forms for each category are linked below.

Up to six submissions per categories are allowed. Despite our later deadlines, we’re still hoping that we will have winners to announce during this year’s Virtual Fall Press Day the week of Monday Oct. 26.

Please note that we’re asking that any content related to the pandemic and shelter in place be entered only in the “Special Coverage” categories (this is explained more fully below).


CLICK HERE for Print and Online Newspaper Contest Order/Payment Form

^^ Everyone entering the Print or Online Newspaper Contests must fill this out, as it asks for general information, itemizes and provides an overview of your entries (which you will make below), and indicates the total amount owed.

Print Contest
Individual Category Entry Forms

(Note: Content that first appeared online is eligible for any of these individual print categories except 12-Layout and Design.)

1-News Writing

2-Feature Writing

3-Sports Writing

4-In-Depth Reporting

5-Editorial Writing (Unsigned)

6-Opinion Writing (Signed)

7-Column Writing

8-Reviews/Entertainment

9-Artwork/Illustration

10-Photography

11-Editorial Cartooning

12-Layout and Design

13-Overall Print Excellence

Online Contest
Individual Category Entry Forms

14-Multimedia News

15-Multimedia Features

16-Multimedia Sports

17-Broadcast News

18-Broadcast Features

19-Broadcast Sports

20-Podcast

21-Breaking News

22-Breaking Sports

23-Photo Gallery

24-Online Overall Excellence

Special Coverage: “These Strange Times”

(Entries in these categories can be natively in print or online, and they can have anything to do with the unusual and unique circumstances we all endured from March through the end of the school year, including but not limited to the coronavirus, remote learning, revamped graduation ceremonies, how to occupy ourselves during the shelter in place, etc. These stories must be entered here rather than in the other categories above).

25-Special Coverage News

26-Special Coverage Features

27-Special Coverage Arts, Entertainment, & Lifestyle

28-Special Coverage Opinion/Editorial

29-Special Coverage Personal Narrative

30-Special Coverage Overall Excellence


Yearbook Contest

Please note that the yearbook contests will still be executed through the mail. As mentioned above, this year’s deadline has been pushed back to Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Yearbook Contest Info

Yearbook Contest Entry Form

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