Regular Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

Early Deadline for YearbooksSave 10 percent off entry fees:

  • July 16, 2018 (spring books)
  • Nov. 15, 2018 (fall books)


MIPA annually recognizes individual students (and teams) for their outstanding work in a variety of categories. Award winners are announced at MIPA’s Spring Awards in April. All entries must have been published or broadcast by a Michigan-based, MIPA-member student media outlet.

New contest information is released annually …

  • by July for yearbook verbal, yearbook visual and yearbook verbal/visual categories.
  • by December for categories in news writing, news design, news photography, news art & illustration, digital media & multimedia, video journalism, video production and video talent. Member student media outlets may enter any of these categories.

Entries are judged by journalism educators and professional journalists at MIPA’s annual Judging Day, held annually in early March. We invite you to be a judge! Sign up now

Judges work on MIPA's Judging Day

Contest Reports

Review contest reports for information about the number of entries in each category and divisions in past MIPA contests.

A Cut Above

A Cut Above

Check out MIPA’s A Cut Above website to see first-place award winners in MIPA’s Individual Category Contest. The site is updated annually during the summer with that year’s first-place entries. Go to the A Cut Above website