Spartan Contest Information
MIPA will ship your yearbook to an out-of-state judge who will evaluate it against the standards provided by the MIPA Spartan critique booklet. Participating media outlets receive a Bronze, Silver, Gold or Spartan Award — MIPA’s highest honor — based on how well they meet MIPA’s student media standards. Winners of the Spartan Award will be recognized at the Spring Awards & On-Site Contests in April.
The critique booklet with judge’s comments will be emailed to you in a PDF format once it is received in the MIPA office. Yearbooks are only returned if annotated or if a postage-paid (no stamps allowed), self-addressed mailer is included with the entry. Contact the MIPA office if you have any questions. Please read the entry materials for other requirements.
A note about contests
MIPA strongly encourages administrators, students and teachers to participate in a range of competitions to evaluate how well a student media outlet meets course objectives and professional standards. Judging in any single contest or rating service is a subjective process, and each has slightly different rules, deadlines and entry criteria. Each critique you receive can be an important educational tool for the classroom, but no single contest can provide a complete assessment of the quality of a program. That’s why MIPA strongly discourages the use of our contests and critiques, regardless of the outcome of that contest or critique, in teacher evaluations.
Spring Delivery Yearbooks:
- Spring Yearbook Spartan Deadline: July 15, 2017
- Spring Yearbook Spartan Late Deadline: Aug. 15, 2017*
Fall Delivery Yearbooks:
- Fall Yearbook Spartan Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017
- Fall Yearbook Spartan Late Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017*
*Add $40 late fee. Yearbooks postmarked after the late deadline are not eligible for award rankings.
- 2017 Spartan Yearbook entry form & information (PDF – revised for 2017!)
- Spartan Yearbook critique booklet (PDF – updated for 2017!)
- Seal of Distinction certification form (PDF) – Learn more about this new MIPA program
- You must send in your 2017 yearbook along with the entry form.
- Include a memo to the judge detailing any special school situations, concerns or problems with this yearbook’s production.
- The entry fee is $45. Please make check payable to MIPA or pay online. If you are paying for several items – including membership dues or individual contest entries – with the same check, please include an itemized list of those payments.
- For an additional fee of $40, the judge will annotate your yearbook for you. That means the judge will write in the yearbook as well as fill out the critique booklet.
- You may turn in your yearbook up to one-month late (see deadlines above) for an additional $40, but late entries will result in delays in getting your critique back from the judge. Yearbooks received after the late deadline will receive a critique, but are not eligible for award rankings.
- You may ship your Spartan entry in the same package as mail-in individual contest entries. However, please separate those contests in clearly labeled envelopes within your package. (Please note: You must send two copies of your book if you are entering both contests – one for the critique and one for the individual category contest.)
- We encourage you to get a tracking number when you ship your book to MIPA (and keep it in a safe place). This will help you confirm delivery and help all of us if your package gets lost or damaged during shipping. (This is rare, but does happen!) Send entries, fee and form to:
MSU School of Journalism
404 Wilson Road, Room 305
East Lansing, MI 48824