Contest Entry Information

The deadline for entry submissions is Friday, October 14 at 4:30 p.m.

2017 Call for Entries
2017 Entry Guide
2017 Jay Wagner Award

Online Tutorial

Updated Contest Information for 2017 

  • All contests require digital submissions with the exception of Total Newspaper Design, Best Headline Writing, Best Special Section Advertising and Best Special Section Editorial.
  • The Best Feature Photo category has been changed to Best News Feature Photo and Best Sports Feature Photo has been added.
  • Photo jpegs are required in addition to tearsheets for all photography contests.

To encourage participation, INA will offer “coupons” for three free entries to newspapers who did not enter the 2016 contests. In addition, INA will offer incentives to newspapers who prepare their entries without error. See below for more information.

If you have questions during the contest entry preparation process, please contact the INA at 515-244-2145 or

2017 Circulation Classes

Daily Class I - Circulation under 10,000

Daily Class II - Circulation 10,000 and greater

Weekly Class I - Circulation 1,140 and under

Weekly Class II - Circulation 1,141-1,800

Weekly Class III - Circulation 1,801 and greater


2017 Contest Timeline

September 7 & 21, 2016 - Distribute 2017 Call for Entries in INA Bulletin

October 14, 2016 - Contest entry deadline

November 2016 - Contest entries judged by Colorado Press Association members

December 2016 - Winners notified by INF

February 3, 2017 - Winners announced during Convention Awards Banquet


Special Promotions 2017

THREE FREE ENTRIES for those new to contests!

The INA is offering three free entries to any member newspaper that did not enter the 2016 Better Newspaper Contests. Approximately half of INA’s member newspapers entered the contests last year. 

If you haven’t entered in the past, give it a try this year. You have nothing to lose and you may come out of it with some shiny hardware or certificates to hang on your wall and share with your readers.  Win-win!

Follow entry instructions, win Convention-on-us!

Each year, starting on the Monday following the contest entry deadline, INA staff members begin the process of checking all entries to confirm they are prepared correctly. Newspapers are contacted to resolve any questions prior to the entries being judged, to ensure that all entries are judged fairly and properly. 

INA newspapers submitted nearly 4,200 entries in the 2016 contests. As you can expect, checking all of those entries and then making follow-up contacts is a lenghty, exhaustive process.

The most common submission errors are multiple entries being combined into one entry upload, missing payments, full tearsheets not being submitted and entries that were missing parts of the required examples.

In an effort to minimize errors and the time INA staff and newspapers spend making corrections, we are introducing an incentive that will offer newspapers who prepare their entries perfectly a chance to win a free 2017 convention package. Each newspaper that does not have to be contacted to fix any of its 2017 contest entries will be entered into a drawing to win a package consisting of one convention registration, one meal package and two nights of hotel stay (approximate value $350).

When preparing your entries, please carefully read over the call for entries for each category’s rules and requirements. If you have questions, INA staff is ready to help! Contact us at or 515-244-2145.