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WNAF Better Newspaper Contest

The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation (WNAF) Better Newspaper Contests offer nearly 60 entry categories among daily and weekly publications. From reporting and photography to ad design and special sections, the WNAF contests are open to all member newspapers that have paid current WNA dues.

Contest Deadline and Info

The WNAF will begin accepting entries for the 2018 WNAF Better Newspaper Contest on Sept. 1, 2018, and the deadline for entries will be announced at that time.

All contest submissions must have been published between Sept. 1, 2017, and Aug. 31, 2018. Awards will be presented at the 2019 WNA Convention & Trade Show.


2017 WNAF Better Newspaper Contest Rules & Categories

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Frequently Asked Questions


Rules & Eligibility

Contest is open to all WNA full business and associate member newspapers in good standing. (Dues must be paid prior to entering the contest.) Entries must be produced by employees of the newspaper or a direct agent of the newspaper. A direct agent of the newspaper would be a centralized production facility utilized by your newspaper that is not located on your physical premises. Independent advertising agencies are not considered to be direct agents of newspaper, and ads created by such agencies would not qualify for entry.

View the contest Rules and Categories.

Circulation Categories

Newspapers are placed in the circulation division that corresponds with the information they provided the WNA for the 2017 Statement of Ownership. If you believe you are in the incorrect circulation category — or you don’t see your organization listed, please contact WNA Membership & Program Specialist Jordan Schelling.

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 Wisconsin Newspaper Association 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.

Special Instructions

Most entries 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.

Contest Logins

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,” you will be prompted to create a new password and confirm your email address.

3. Upon submitting your second entry, you will receive a confirmation email. This email will go to the address under which the account was set up. If it wasn’t changed upon initial login, it will default to the publisher.

4. After the contestant manager email is confirmed, the contestant manager 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.

Have a question about WNA Foundation contests? Contact WNA Membership & Program Specialist Jordan Schelling.

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