Better Newspaper Contest changing schedule for next event

The Texas Better Newspaper Contest is going back to a calendar year contest period, giving newspapers a few more months to prepare for the next event.

For the past two contests, newspapers have submitted contest entries in late September and early October. There is no contest entry period this fall, however. Instead, entries will be accepted next spring. The contest is changing to adapt to TPA’s schedule of an annual summer convention.

During the transition, the next contest will cover the last four months of 2020 and all of 2021. Awards will be presented during the TPA Convention and Trade Show July 28-30, 2022 in San Marcus. The publication period for the next contest is Sept. 1, 2020 through Dec. 31, 2021. Rules and information about entering the contest will be released in January. The entry period is Feb. 1, 2022 through March 4, 2022. Judging is scheduled for March 21, 2022 through April 8, 2022.

The contest has 18 competition categories. Sweepstakes competition categories include advertising, column writing, editorial writing, feature photography, feature writing, general excellence, headline writing, news photography, news writing, page design, sports coverage and sports photography. Points for awards in competition categories are used to determine the sweepstakes winners in each division. Special award categories include best magazine, best website, community service, online live coverage, public notice and special section.