2019 WNAF Better Newspaper Contest
Recognizing the best journalism and advertising in Wisconsin
Rules & deadline
This year’s deadline to submit entries is Monday, Oct. 21. Hard-copy entries must be postmarked by Friday, Oct. 18.
All entries must have published between Sept. 1, 2018, and Aug. 31, 2019.
In order to ease the burden on judges, we are strongly encouraging the use of PDFs whenever possible. Certain categories have also been put on the “endangered” list.
Contest entry portal
Submissions to the 2019 WNAF Better Newspaper Contest can be made at www.betternewspapercontest.com/wna.
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.
- After going to the contest portal website, select your organization from the dropdown and enter your password.
If you didn’t create a password last year, but are a contestant manager, your password is “bnc.”
- After logging in for the first time, create your new password and confirm your email.
If you haven’t previously entered a contestant manager’s email, this will default to the publisher’s email address.
- Submit your first two entries.
- Upon submitting your second entry, you will be logged out of the site.
Check your inbox for a confirmation email. After confirming your email, you may add additional “authorized entrants” who may submit entries on the newspaper’s behalf. (See more about this in the Contestant Manager User Guide. Authorized entrants can learn about setting up their account in the Authorized Entrant User Guide.)
Online contest display
The contest display is no longer just available during the convention. Access award-winning stories, photos, graphics and advertising entries year-round.
Entries in the online gallery are divided by category, then circulation group. Each entry is displayed with all assets that were uploaded with the entry.
The 2018 WNAF Better Newspaper Contest featured 2,799 entries from 121 newspapers and was judged by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association.
Looking for the judges’ comments? Download the 2018 WNAF Better Newspaper Contest Tab, which includes all awards and the judges’ comments.
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:
- After you’ve submitted all entries, choose the “Select All “box under “Select Entries to Pay.”
- Select Pay by Check or Pay by Card.
- If you require an invoice, select “Pay by Check” option and type “INVOICE” in the check number box.
WNAF Contest FAQ
Here are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. Don’t see your question? Contact WNA Membership & Program Specialist Jordan Schelling.