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WNA Foundation Better Newspaper Contest

Contest Results

Congratulations to all award winners in the WNA Foundation Better Newspaper Contest! The 2018 contest featured 2,799 entries from 121 newspapers and was judged by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association.

See the full list of winners and judges’ comments in our 2018 BNC tabs:

View all winning entries on our digital contest displays:

Deadline & Details

The WNA Foundation’s Better Newspaper Contest recognizes the best work produced by Wisconsin newspapers. Each year, it recognizes excellence in overall newspaper achievements, reporting, writing, photography, multimedia, design and advertising.

Click here to download the 2018 Rules & Categories

Contest entry portal:

Questions? Check out our FAQ

Still not sure? Contact WNA Membership & Program Specialist Jordan Schelling.


Newspapers compete in the circulation division that corresponds to their 2017 Statement of Ownership. If you believe you are in the incorrect circulation category — or you don’t see your organization listed, please contact us.

Entry Fees & Payment

There is a $10 entry fee for each entry. Please send a check with any mail-in entries or complete credit card payment on or before the contest deadline. Make checks payable to the WNA Foundation. Please follow these instructions when submitting payment:

1. After you’ve submitted all entries, choose the “Select All” box under “Select Entries to Pay.”

2. You will then have the option to Pay by Check or Pay by Card.

Combining, Downsizing & Accessing PDFs

Some categories require full-page digital tear sheets. Access instructions for working with PDFs here. Don’t have access to a PDF you need? Contact WNA Media Services Director Denise Guttery for access to your digital archive.

Contestant Manager Setup

1. Upon logging in to the contest site for the first time, you should select your organization and use the password you created last year. If you didn’t create a password last year, but are a contestant manager, your password is “bnc.”

2. If your password is bnc, create a new password and confirm your email address.

3. Upon submitting your second entry, you will be logged out of the site. Check your inbox for a confirmation email.

4. After confirming your email, you may add additional “authorized entrants” who may submit entries on the newspaper’s behalf.

5. If authorized entrants are added, they can find information about how to set up their account using the Authorized Entrant User Guide

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