MIPA’s annual Spring Awards & On-Site Contests event isn’t just a place where students pick up their awards — they can take part in our On-Site Contests to showcase their skills and earn even more awards!

Some contests test students’  skills with journalism exercises on site, while others give students an opportunity to showcase work they’ve completed since MIPA’s annual contest deadline in February. Pre-registration is recommended (but not required) because some contests limit the number of entries per category or school.

Sign up for contests with your Spring Awards event registration. Submit entries using the button below.

Submit Contest Entries

READ CAREFULLY PLEASE: These contests are only open to participants of MIPA’s Spring Awards & On-Site Contests. If you would like to enter your student(s), please follow these directions.

  • Please review the instructions for each contest area about acceptable file formats of entry materials. Some categories require only a URL to the entry material while others require you to upload a specific file type (such as .PDF or .JPG). Double-check to ensure any URLs work and that your content is not blocked behind a password.
  • Entries that cannot be accessed by the judges will be disqualified. This means that if your website or third-party file sharing service goes down, or if your content is locked behind a password, we cannot judge your entries.
  • Please pay attention to deadlines, which are detailed along with category descriptions. Students/teams competing in on-site contests must check-in by the designated time or they will be disqualified from the competition. Entries must be submitted by the designated time or they will not be accepted for judging.
  • When you register for the conference, you can register for the on-site contests on that online form.
  • You DO NOT NEED to pre-register for any on-site contests, but space is limited. Entry into contest categories will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • You DO NOT NEED to provide students’ names when you register for the event (allowing you to easily make substitutions when you check in). You must provide names with entries.
  • Each school may be limited to a certain number of entries/students/teams per category. See details for each category.
  • Please pay attention to deadlines, which are detailed along with category descriptions. Students/teams competing in on-site contests must check-in by the designated time or they will be disqualified from the competition. Entries must be submitted by the designated time or they will not be accepted for judging.
  • Please Note: Most contests will be judged after the conference. Every effort is made to post winners to MIPA’s website within one week of the event, but judging may take longer.
  • Use of copyrighted music, artwork, videos or other materials without written permission of the copyright holder may violate U.S. law and MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy. Entries that violate MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy will be disqualified.

Editorial Writing Contest

  • One team per school/up to two (2) students per team
  • Cost: $6 per team
  • Limit: 26 students
  • 9-10:45 a.m.

Contestants (two per school) must report to the assigned room at 9 a.m. Late competitors will not be allowed to enter:

  • Please read the contests general rules.
  • In this contest, students will listen to a presentation from the same person as the feature writers and news writers.
  • The two students will choose a side/opinion and the object is to write an editorial based on the information. They will also have time to ask questions.
  • The editorial will be judged on editorial writing style and format and skill in grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization. It should consist of an introduction, body and conclusion and a purpose (interpret, persuade, criticize, praise) should be evident. Students should include important, relevant facts and try to stimulate the readers to think their way to the opinion in your editorial.
  • Students may bring dictionaries, thesauri and style books. Paper will be provided, but students should bring pens and pencils.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA and may be published by MIPA.
  • Students will have until 10:45 a.m. to complete this contest.

Feature Writing Contest

  • Up to two (2) students per school
  • Cost: $3 per student
  • Limit: 25 students
  • 9-10:45 a.m.

Contestants must report to the assigned room at 9 a.m. Late competitors will not be allowed to enter:

  • Please read the contests general rules.
  • This is an individual contest. Students from the same school DO NOT work together.
  • Here they will write a story based on a speaker, who will also be speaking to the news and editorial writers.
  • The story will be judged on a lively and colorful lead; feature style as opposed to news style, including colorful details, quotes and possibly anecdotes; copy that appeals to the reader’s interest; emotional impact; and skill in grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization.
  • Students may bring dictionaries, thesauri and style books. Paper will be provided, but students should bring pens and pencils.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA and may be published by MIPA.
  • Students will have until 10:45 a.m. to complete this contest.

News Writing Contest

  • Up to two (2) students per school
  • Cost: $3 per student
  • Limit: 25 students
  • 9-10:45 a.m.

Contestants must report to the assigned room at 9 a.m. Late competitors will not be allowed to enter:

  • Please read the contests general rules.
  • This is an individual contest. Students from the same school DO NOT work together.
  • Here they will write a story based on a speaker, the same speaker who will be presenting to the editorial and feature students. Students will get a chance to ask questions.
  • The story will be judged on news writing style; a strong lead; good quotes; pinpointing the main idea of the session and highlighting it; and skill in grammar, spelling, punctuation and capitalization.
  • Students may bring dictionaries, thesauri and style books. Paper will be provided, but students should bring pens and editing pencils.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA and may be published by MIPA.
  • Students will have until 10:45 a.m. to complete the story.

Students’ Choice Awards: Newspaper Front Page

The winners of the Students’ Choice Awards will be chosen by MIPA Spring Awards & On-Site Conference attendees and the general public, who will view entries and cast votes for their favorites on MIPA’s Facebook page during the event. Put your design skills to the test, and then test your social media strategy as you try to build the largest possible audience for your work!

Winners will be selected via popular vote on MIPA’s Facebook page:

  • Please read the contests general rules.
  • A school may submit one newspaper front page from the current calendar year (since Jan. 1).
  • This contest will be conducted on Facebook and the winner determined by the number of “likes” the entry receives.
  • The contest will start at the beginning of the Spring Awards event and end at the beginning of lunch
  • The winner will be announced during the afternoon awards session.
  • The entry must be submitted in PDF format no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The online submission form will automatically shut down after the deadline.
  • Any entries not submitted in PDF format or by the deadline will not be eligible.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA and may be published by MIPA.

Students’ Choice Awards: SPORTS PHOTO

Submit one (1) photo that reflects sports activities/student life related to athletics typical in the student’s school.

Students’ Choice Awards: STUDENT LIFE PHOTO

Submit one (1) photo that reflects student life typical in the student’s school.

The winners of the Students’ Choice Awards will be chosen by MIPA Spring Awards & On-Site Conference attendees and the general public, who will view entries and cast votes for their favorites on MIPA’s Facebook page during the event. Put your photography skills to the test, and then test your social media strategy as you try to build the largest possible audience for your work!

Winners will be selected via popular vote on MIPA’s Facebook page:

  • Please read the contests general rules.
  • A school may submit one photograph into each category.
  • Entry should be published online or in print since Jan. 1 or scheduled to be published in a yearbook during the current calendar year (January-December).
  • This contest will be conducted on Facebook and the winner determined by the number of “likes” the entry receives.
  • Voting will start the morning of the Spring Awards event and end at the conclusion of the morning session.
  • The winner will be announced during the afternoon awards session.
  • The entry must be submitted in JPG format no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The online submission form will automatically shut down after the deadline.
  • Any entries not submitted in the proper format or by the deadline will not be eligible.
  • Winning entries may be published by MIPA in its newsletter, online or via social media.

Best Newscast

Students will submit one broadcast of school news, which is typical of their school news program. Judges will view only 10 minutes of any broadcast. (If your entry is longer than 10 minutes, you may indicate on the entry form which 10-minute segment should be judged. Otherwise, judges will view from the beginning of the entry.) Students will be judged on the technical standards detailed in MIPA’s Video Best Practices and news content. For example: Does the program directly impact the school itself? This newscast must have been created in the current school year.

  • One entry per student media outlet
  • Cost: $3 per entry
  • Submit Your Entry Now
  • Using MIPA’s contest entry system
  • The entry must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
  • Please read the contests general rules.
  • Use of copyrighted music, artwork, videos or other materials without written permission of the copyright holder may violate U.S. law and MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy. Entries that violate MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy will be disqualified.

On-Site News/Feature Video

  • Teams must sign in at the registration desk upon arrival at the event
  • Cost: $3 per team
  • There is no limit on the number of teams per school, but each team can have a maximum of three students.
  • Please send in your fee with your conference registration.
  • Use of copyrighted music, artwork, videos or other materials without written permission of the copyright holder may violate U.S. law and MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy. Entries that violate MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy will be disqualified.
  • Students are to bring their own cameras, storage media, microphones and editing equipment — most likely, a laptop. There will be a 10-minute instruction period at 8:50 a.m in the main hall. You must attend this session. Meet at the registration table near on-site carry-in contest area at 8:45 a.m.

Students will have from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to complete the video.

The subject of the video will be given to the students at the conference.

Students may not come with any pre-made footage. The video will be 2–4 minutes and must be turned in on either a DVD or flash drive. It will be a feature or news story.

Students will be judged on the technical standards detailed in MIPA’s Video Best Practices, uniqueness of the story and script writing.

MIPA will not supply any equipment or media. Please bring all of your own equipment.

On-Site Cinematography

New for 2015! This category will allow students to focus on telling stories through strong visuals. Teams will be given a topic in which to tell a story with only video, natural sound and music (no interviews or voiceovers).

  • Teams must sign in at the registration desk upon arrival at the event
  • Cost: $3 per team
  • There is no limit on the number of teams per school, but each team can have a maximum of two students.
  • Please send in your fee with your conference registration.
  • Use of copyrighted music, artwork, videos or other materials without written permission of the copyright holder may violate U.S. law and MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy. Entries that violate MIPA’s Copyright & Plagiarism Policy will be disqualified.
  • Students are to bring their own cameras, storage media, microphones and editing equipment — most likely, a laptop. There will be a 10-minute instruction period at 8:50 a.m in the main hall. You must attend this session. Meet at the registration table near on-site carry-in contest area at 8:45 a.m.

Students will have from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to complete the video.

The subject of the video and a music track will be given to the students at the conference.

Students may not come with any pre-made footage. The video will be 2–4 minutes and must be turned in on either a DVD or flash drive.

Students will be judged on creativity and technical execution following the standards established in MIPA’s Video Best Practices.

MIPA will not supply any equipment or media. Please bring all of your own equipment.

Yearbook Take-Home Contest: MIPA Spring Conference Spread

Teams of students will cover the Spring Awards & On-Site Contests event and have two days to complete a yearbook spread of their work.

Submit one spread that provides coverage of the MIPA Spring Awards & On-Site Contests:

  • Please read the contests general rules.
  • Up to three students from each school work together.
  • During the Spring Awards event, students will photograph and interview attendees for captions, secondary coverage and a story. This coverage should go beyond the entrants’ school.
  • Upon return to school, students will design a double-page layout using the software they have available.
  • Students will write headlines, secondary headlines, copy, captions, secondary coverage and include folios based on what they include on the layout.
  • The final layout must be submitted using the link above in PDF format no later than 11:59 p.m. April 25, 2016. The form will automatically shut down at the deadline and no further submissions will be allowed.
  • Any entries not submitted in PDF format will not be eligible.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA and may be published by MIPA.

Students’ Choice Awards: Yearbook Sports Spread

The winners of the Students’ Choice Awards will be chosen by MIPA Spring Awards & On-Site Conference attendees and the general public, who will view entries and cast votes for their favorites on MIPA’s Facebook page during the event. Put your yearbook skills to the test, and then test your social media strategy as you try to build the largest possible audience for your work!

Winners will be selected via popular vote on MIPA’s Facebook page:

  • Please read the contests general rules.
  • A school may submit one sports spread for entry.
  • The entry must have been produced during the current school year. (It is OK if it hasn’t been published yet as long as it will be published in your upcoming book.)
  • This contest will be conducted on Facebook and the winner determined by the number of “likes” the entry receives.
  • The contest will start at the beginning of the Spring Conference and end at the conclusion of the morning session.
  •  The winner will be announced during the afternoon awards session.
  • The entry must be submitted in PDF format no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April, 19, 2016. The online submission form will automatically shut down after the deadline.
  • Any entries not submitted in PDF format or by the deadline will not be eligible.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA and may be published by MIPA.

Students’ Choice Awards: Yearbook Student Life Spread

The winners of the Students’ Choice Awards will be chosen by MIPA Spring Awards & On-Site Conference attendees and the general public, who will view entries and cast votes for their favorites on MIPA’s Facebook page during the event. Put your yearbook skills to the test, and then test your social media strategy as you try to build the largest possible audience for your work!

Winners will be selected via popular vote on MIPA’s Facebook page:

  • Please read the contests general rules.
  • A school may submit one student life spread for entry.
  • The entry must have been produced during the current school year. (It is OK if it hasn’t been published yet as long as it will be published in your upcoming book.)
  • This contest will be conducted on Facebook and the winner determined by the number of “likes” the entry receives.
  • The contest will start at the beginning of the Spring Conference and end at the beginning of lunch
  • The winner will be announced during the afternoon awards session.
  • The entry must be submitted in PDF format no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016. The online submission form will automatically shut down after the deadline.
  • Any entries not submitted in PDF format or by the deadline will not be eligible.
  • Winning entries become the property of MIPA and may be published by MIPA.

 

Special Projects On-Site Contest

  • Please read the contests general rules.
  • For entries in a digital format: Submit Your Entry NowDigital entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
  • Entries that are not in a digital format may be dropped off at the registration/contest desk by 9:30 a.m. the day of the event. If submitting on site, download the On-Site Special Projects Contests Entry Form. Attach to the entry.
  • Cost: $3 per entry
  • Two entries per school
  • Limit: 25 schools
  • The project can be either created by an individual or a staff. Can include stationery, brochures, fliers, posters, logos, buttons, information graphics, videos, programs and special editions. Can be computer generated.
  • Mount loose pages on mat or poster board (no size limit), or place in a binder.
  • Entry form should indicate name, school, school address and adviser’s name and signature (validating that the work is the student’s).
  • Winning entries may be published by MIPA in its newsletter, online or via social media.